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January 14, 2016

Before Swiping at Trump, Nikki Haley Took His Cash

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Haley criticized Trump but had previously received cash from him. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call file photo)

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley made headlines for her not-so-subtle swipes at Donald Trump in her Republican response to the State of the Union. But in the past, Haley was a recipient of the billionaire’s cash.

In her response, Haley said, “some people think that you have to be the loudest voice in the room to make a difference. That is just not true.” Haley added often the best thing “is turn down the volume.”

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January 8, 2016

Before Donald Trump, There Was Maine’s Paul LePage

LePage, shown here in 2013, is again garnering national media attention.  (John Ewing/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

LePage, shown here in 2013, is again garnering national media attention. (John Ewing/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

It’s not unusual for Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s comments to make national news.

The two-term Maine Republican has a penchant for speaking off the cuff in a similar tell-it-like-it-is manner as the presidential candidate whom he’s endorsed, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

But his most recent comments sound a lot more like current GOP front-runner Donald Trump, earning LePage — who as recently as Thursday said he was thinking “very seriously” about running for Senate in 2018 — more national attention. Full story

November 30, 2015

Gubernatorial Races to Watch in 2016

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 23:  North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory holds a news conference with fellow members of the Republican Governors Association at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce February 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. Republican and  Democratic governors met with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House Monday during the last day of the National Governors Association winter meeting.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Democrats in North Carolina are hoping McCrory has overplayed his hand. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images File Photo)

Despite Democrats’ surprising victory last week in Louisiana — where state Rep. John Bel Edwards beat Republican Sen. David Vitter in the runoff –  they hold only 18 gubernatorial seats, compared to the 31 held by Republican governors.

Next year, Democrats will defend eight seats, including ones in targeted U.S. Senate battle grounds such as Missouri and New Hampshire, while Republicans will defend four.  Full story

November 20, 2015

Vitter’s Future on the Line as Louisiana Votes for Governor

Louisiana gubernatorial candidate, Sen. David Vitter, R-La., center, speaks to reporters after his debate against Democratic candidate John Bel Edwards, in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Vitter speaks to reporters after Monday’s debate in Baton Rouge. (Gerald Herbert/AP Photo)

As Louisiana voted Saturday in the runoff election for governor, Sen. David Vitter flooded the three-parish New Orleans metro area with robocalls striking a contrite tone: “I humbly ask for your vote.”

To Republican strategist James Farwell, who lives in New Orleans and has a long record of working with Newt Gingrich, Vitter’s self-defending TV ads with his family in the campaign’s final days are a sign of how well Democrat John Bel Edwards’ campaign executed its strategy.

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November 12, 2015

Vitter’s Governor Race Raises Concerns Over His Senate Seat in 2016

Vitter's gubernatorial bid is proving to be a tough battle. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A narrative that had once defined Vitter as the inevitable leader in the Louisiana governor’s race has flipped, raising concerns about his Senate seat. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter’s gubernatorial campaign won’t entertain questions about his future should he lose the Nov. 21 runoff.

But plenty of other Republicans are already looking past then to whether Vitter would run for re-election to the Senate in 2016 and the implications of what that means for keeping control of the Senate in their party’s hands.
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By Eli Yokley Posted at 1:16 p.m.
Louisiana, RGA

November 4, 2015

Did Bevin ‘Trump’ Conway in Kentucky? Not Quite

With his wife Glenna Bevin, center, and Lieutenant Governor-elect Jenean Hampton, right, looking on, Kentucky Republican Governor-elect Matt Bevin, speaks to his supporters at the Republican Party victory celebration, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

With his wife Glenna Bevin, center, and Lieutenant Governor-elect Jenean Hampton, right, looking on, Kentucky Republican Governor-elect Matt Bevin, speaks to his supporters at the Republican Party victory celebration, Tuesday,  in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Update: 5:17 p.m. | If you ask Democrats in Washington, the blame for Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway’s stunning loss Tuesday night to Republican Matt Bevin falls on the unpopularity of political insiders during a year in which outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson are leading Republican presidential primary polls.

“Unfortunately, he ran into the unexpected headwinds of Trump-mania, losing to an outsider candidate in the Year of the Outsider,” said Elisabeth Pearson, executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, a group which spent around $5 million in Conway’s favor, in a statement after the election.

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November 3, 2015

Election Day 2015: Republicans Win Big

With his wife Glenna Bevin, center, and Lieutenant Governor-elect Jenean Hampton, right, looking on, Kentucky Republican Governor-elect Matt Bevin, speaks to his supporters at the Republican Party victory celebration, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Bevin speaks to supporters Tuesday night as his wife Glenna, center, and Lt. Gov.-elect Jenean Hampton listen (Photo By Timothy D. Easley/AP)

In a major blow to Democrats who have struggled to hold their ground in a once reliable part of the country, Republican businessman Matt Bevin beat Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway in their race for the state’s governor’s mansion.

The Kentucky race was among a number of races across the country in an off-year election that political observers use as a bellwether for a full slate of elections, including the one for the White House, in 2016.

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November 2, 2015

What to Watch for on Election Day

Bevin, who ran an unsuccessful GOP Senate primary in Kentucky in 2014, is trailing in a gubernatorial contest on Tuesday in the Bluegrass State. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bevin, left, who ran an unsuccessful GOP Senate primary in Kentucky in 2014, is trailing in the Bluegrass State gubernatorial contest. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Voters in a handful of states across the country head to the polls Tuesday for a slate of elections that political handicappers use as an off-year election bellwether of what might happen in 2016.

And while no federal offices are on the table, results from these states will have implications for House and Senate contests in 2016.

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October 29, 2015

David Vitter Trails Democrat in Louisiana Governor’s Runoff

Vitter, R-La., heads to the Senate floor for a vote on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Vitter, R-La., heads to the Senate floor for a vote. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In the first poll released since two candidates emerged from Louisiana’s jungle primary for governor, state House Minority Leader John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, holds a serious lead over Republican Sen. David Vitter.

The survey, made public by the Democratic Governors Association and conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research — an Alabama-based firm that has done polling for both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns and now Hillary Rodham Clinton’s — found Edwards with a 12-point lead, 52 percent to 40 percent, with less than four weeks until the Nov. 21 runoff.  Full story

October 26, 2015

Louisiana Democrats Hope to Harness ‘Anti-Vitter’ Republicans

If Sen. David Vitter becomes Louisiana's next governor, a number of political dominoes could quickly fall. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Vitter made it to the state’s gubernatorial runoff. Now, the hard part has begun for the state’s Democrats. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Though he received enough support to advance to a runoff next month, more than 850,000 of the 1.1 million people who voted last weekend in Louisiana pulled the lever for someone other than Republican Sen. David Vitter.

Ahead of the Nov. 21 vote — where the veteran politician who has weathered big storms before will face Louisiana House Democratic Leader John Bel Edwards – Vitter’s goal is clear: Convincing most of the 381,000 voters who supported his Republican opponents that he is a good second choice.  Full story

October 24, 2015

Vitter Inches Into Runoff in Louisiana Governor’s Race

Vitter, R-La., heads to the Senate floor for a vote on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Vitter, R-La., will face Edwards, a Democratic state representative, in a Nov. 21 runoff to become Louisiana’s next governor. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 9:58 a.m., Oct. 26 |Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter will face John Bel Edwards, a Democratic state legislator, in a runoff to become Louisiana’s next governor.

Edwards finished first with 40 percent of the vote to Vitter’s 23 percent. Most of the rest of the vote went to the other two Republicans in the race: Scott Angelle, a member of the state’s utility regulating commission got 19 percent of the vote, and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne finished with 15 percent. Full story

October 23, 2015

Vitter Expected to Reach Runoff in Louisiana Gubernatorial Race

Despite troubles, Vitter poised to emerge in run-off after Saturday's election.  (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Despite troubles, Vitter poised to emerge in run-off after Saturday’s election. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A week that began with the new allegations involving a former New Orleans escort against Sen. David Vitter will end with the Republican’s appearance on the ballot Saturday in Louisiana’s heated contest to replace the state’s term-limited governor, Republican Bobby Jindal.

But despite the intense focus on Vitter’s personal woes by his opponents and outside groups, he is on the cusp of weathering the storm yet again. At least until a runoff next month.

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October 16, 2015

National Republicans Looking Ahead to November Showdown for Vitter

Vitter, R-La., heads to the Senate floor for a vote on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (File Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Polls suggest Vitter will face a November runoff with Democrat Edwards. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

National Republicans appear to think Sen. David Vitter is headed for a runoff with his top Democratic rival in the Louisiana gubernatorial race and polls show that’s a pretty safe bet.

On Thursday, the Republican Governors Association announced a new television commercial targeting Vitter’s chief Democratic rival, state Rep. John Bel Edwards. A spokesman for the group told Roll Call earlier this month it would look at getting involved in the race only  “if it advances to a Republican versus Democrat runoff.”

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By Eli Yokley Posted at 12:06 p.m.
Louisiana, RGA

July 31, 2015

Onetime DCCC Prospect Greitens Running as Republican in Missouri

Greitens, a former Republican, used to be a Democrat. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images File Photo.)

Greitens, a Republican, used to be a Democrat. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images File Photo.)

Depending on how things shake out, Missouri voters could face a bizarro world next fall: A former Democrat running as the Republican nominee for governor against a Democrat who used to be a Republican.

Eric Greitens is part of a crowded and growing field of Republican candidates who will face off next August. As he launched a statewide tour earlier this month, the former Democrat attempted to turn what could be a weakness in the crowded Republican primary into a strength.

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June 1, 2015

David McKinley Not Running for Governor in West Virginia

McKinley's decision ends speculation about who might run for his House seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McKinley’s decision ends speculation about who would run for his seat in the House. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

West Virginia Rep. David McKinley plans to announce Monday that he’s not running for governor in 2016, according to two sources with knowledge of McKinley’s plans. McKinley plans to make the announcement at a 3:30 p.m. Eastern conference call with reporters.

The congressman’s office declined to comment, but his decision to bow out of the race ends months of speculation about who would take over his safe Republican seat if he left Washington. Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain carried the district by double-digit margins in 2012 and 2008, respectively. A number of GOP state legislators had expressed interest in the seat. Full story

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