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January 23, 2015

Several Ohio Democrats Considering Senate Primary

Several Ohio Democrats Considering Senate Primary

Portman is a Republican from Ohio. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ohio Democrats are expecting a crowded primary to challenge Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in 2016, and the recent announcement by Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld may have accelerated its formation.

The 30-year-old Sittenfeld announced Thursday that he would get into the race. Democrats describe him as a charismatic and a rising star within the party, but his early announcement speaks to the fact that this local office holder has hurdles to raise his name recognition and ample cash for a federal race. And other Democratic candidates won’t let him do that for too long without any competition. Full story

January 22, 2015

Nevada Congressman Questions Mitt Romney 2016 Plans

Nevada Congressman Questions Mitt Romney 2016 Plans

Amodei is a Nevada Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Staffers for Mitt Romney have reached out to a Nevada congressman about the 2012 presidential nominee’s potential third bid for national office.

Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., told CQ Roll Call Thursday that Romney’s staffers talked to him last week. Nevada is typically one of the earliest states to host a nominating contest, and Amodei was one of Romney’s early supporters in 2012. 

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January 21, 2015

Grassley Preps 2016 Re-Election

Grassley Preps 2016 Re Election

Grassley talks on the phone in his Hart Building office. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Charles E. Grassley doesn’t plan to be caught flat-footed if he faces a competitive, expensive re-election battle in 2016.

In a Wednesday interview with CQ Roll Call, the Iowa Republican said he began work on his campaign last year, and there will be more involvement from the national party than in his past efforts, given the exploding costs of campaigns. Full story

January 20, 2015

Joni Ernst’s Next Move

Joni Ernsts Next Move

Ernst is a first-term Republican from Iowa. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, will have been in the Senate for just two weeks before she delivers the GOP’s response to the State of the Union Tuesday — and Republicans already predict her influence in the party will extend well beyond that in the coming months.

“I think she’s going to play a very important role,” Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a Monday phone interview. “No. 1, Republicans need more female leaders, so she falls into that category. Another thing is she’s got a commanding personality, and it’s backed up by her military experience as a commander. So she’s been a leader in a previous life and that is gonna be natural for her to lead in Iowa.” Full story

January 12, 2015

A Dilemma for Democrats in New York’s 11th District

A Dilemma for Democrats in New Yorks 11th District

Grimm resigned from Congress earlier this year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

Updated 4:23 p.m.| Democrats have a tough decision to make on Staten Island: How much of a play do they make in the special election for a seat they are likely to lose?

“I’ve always believed that that is a very tricky district,” Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., the former chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told CQ Roll Call recently outside the House chamber. “In a presidential year, it is competitive. In a midterm, not so competitive. In a special election, it could be exceedingly difficult.” Full story

Claire McCaskill Won’t Run for Governor

Claire McCaskill Wont Run for Governor

McCaskill is a Democrat from Missouri. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., will not run for governor in the Show-Me State in 2016 — an open-seat race to replace term-limited Gov. Jay Nixon.

“It is a firm no,” McCaskill told KCUR radio Monday about her gubernatorial ambitions. Full story

January 5, 2015

Which Coffman Runs for Colorado Senate in 2016?

Which Coffman Runs for Colorado Senate in 2016?

Mike Coffman is a Colorado Republican. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

This Senate race could make for interesting dinner conversation in one Colorado household.

Republicans say battle-tested Rep. Mike Coffman and his wife, Cynthia, the state’s newly elected attorney general, are two of the party’s top prospects to challenge Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in 2016.

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January 2, 2015

10 Races to Watch in 2016: Wisconsin Senate

10 Races to Watch in 2016: Wisconsin Senate

Johnson, center, is a Wisconsin Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., may face the Democrat he ousted in 2010, former Sen. Russ Feingold, next year — which would make the rematch one of 2016’s marquee races.

It’s why the Badger State’s Senate race completed Roll Call’s list of the Top 10 Races to Watch in 2016. In no particular order, the list also included contests for California SenateIllinois SenateNevada SenateNorth Carolina SenatePennsylvania SenateFlorida’s 2nd District, New Hampshire’s 1st DistrictNew York’s 11th District and Virginia’s 10th District.

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December 30, 2014

10 Races to Watch in 2016: New Hampshire’s 1st District

10 Races to Watch in 2016: New Hampshires 1st District

Guinta will return to Congress after a two-year hiatus. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Will 2016 host another rematch between Republican Frank Guinta and Democrat Carol Shea-Porter?

Shea-Porter narrowly lost to Guinta this year, handing him the seat the two have traded back and forth for the three cycles. Despite this, the Democrat is not ruling out round four. Full story

December 29, 2014

10 Races to Watch in 2016: Nevada Senate

10 Races to Watch in 2016: Nevada Senate

Reid will return to Congress in January as the Senate minority leader. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republicans ousted Sen. Harry Reid as majority leader in 2014. This cycle, the GOP wants to finish the job and defeat the Democrat at home in Nevada.

In a year where the Senate map looks better for Democrats, Reid is one of just two Democrats on track for a competitive re-election challenge. That will make him a top target for Republicans looking to hold, and perhaps expand, their majority. Full story

December 26, 2014

10 Races to Watch in 2016: North Carolina Senate

10 Races to Watch in 2016: North Carolina Senate

Burr is a Republican from North Carolina. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tar Heel State residents should enjoy the absence of political ads on their airwaves while they can.

The 2016 Senate race in North Carolina could be just as competitive as the 2014 contest, which flooded local televisions with more than $100 million in political ads to become one of the most expensive congressional races in history. Sen. Richard M. Burr, R-N.C., has said he will seek re-election, and some Democrats hope outgoing Sen. Kay Hagan will challenge him. Full story

December 12, 2014

Wisconsin Democrat: Russ Feingold Would Clear Primary

Wisconsin Democrat: Russ Feingold Would Clear Primary

Moore is a Wisconsin Democrat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., told CQ Roll Call she thinks former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., will run for Senate in 2016, adding “no one would primary him.”

But if Feingold decides not to rematch Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Moore added, “that’s a different story.” Full story

December 10, 2014

Congressman ‘Very Interested’ in David Vitter’s Senate Seat

Congressman Very Interested in David Vitters Senate Seat

Fleming in a Louisiana Republican. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. John Fleming, R-La., is “very interested” in running for Senate in 2016 if Republican Sen. David Vitter is elected governor next year.

Louisiana only wrapped up the 2014 Senate race a few days ago, but soon state operatives may start thinking about another race. Vitter has already announced an exploratory committee to run for governor in 2015. If Vitter wins, Fleming said, he wants to succeed him in the Senate.

“I’m very interested in that possibility,” he told CQ Roll Call Tuesday during votes at the Capitol. “I think that we need, you know, Sen. Vitter is quite conservative, and I think we need to replace a good strong conservative with another conservative.” Full story

December 9, 2014

House Conservative Faces Primary Peril in 2016

House Conservative Faces Primary Peril in 2016

Huelskamp is a Kansas Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

One of the House’s top troublemakers could be in trouble in 2016.

Kansas conservative Rep. Tim Huelskamp has angered fellow Republicans with his politics and personality in Congress. If he chooses to seek re-election in 2016, some of his detractors see an opportunity to oust him for good in a primary.

This year, Huelskamp’s primary challenger, Alan LaPolice, held the congressman to a 10-point primary win — with the help of some outside spending on the tyro’s behalf. Huelskamp’s opponents saw that as an indication of discontent with the two-term House Republican — and an opportunity.

In 2016, Kansas Republicans say, the congressman will have a far more credible primary opponent. What’s more, the campaign against Huelskamp, according to one person involved in challenging him this year, will likely be more organized and could start as early as next year. Full story

December 6, 2014

Louisiana Runoff Results: Mary Landrieu Loses

Louisiana Runoff Results: Mary Landrieu Loses

Cassidy was elected to the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 3:23 a.m. | Republicans capped their Senate sweep Saturday night, when Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., defeated Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., in a Senate runoff.

Cassidy, a doctor who still practices, was leading Landrieu, 65 percent to 35 percent when the Associated Press called the race 30 minutes after polls closed. Republicans also retained two House seats in additional runoff races.  Full story

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