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March 31, 2015

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March 31, 2015

Bill Clinton Endorses Strickland in Ohio

Bill Clinton Endorses Strickland in Ohio

Clinton endorsed Strickland for Senate in Ohio. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former President Bill Clinton made his first endorsement of the 2016 cycle Tuesday, backing former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in his bid for Senate.

Strickland is the front-runner for the nomination to challenge Republican Sen. Rob Portman. One other Democrat is also running — Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld.

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March 19, 2015

Democrats’ Maryland Senate Circus

Democrats Maryland Senate Circus

There is plenty of interest in Mikulski’s seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

CHESAPEAKE BEACH, Md. — When Barbara A. Mikulski announced her retirement last month, she instructed fellow Maryland Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin to brace himself.

“She said it would take about 10 minutes before things would get really interesting in Maryland,” Cardin recounted at a March 12 event on the Chesapeake Bay. “It took about 30 seconds until things got very interesting.” Full story

March 18, 2015

Potential Thune Challenger Bows Out

Potential Thune Challenger Bows Out

Thune is up for re-election in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The son of a former senator who was considered one of Democrats’ best chances to challenge Sen. John Thune told CQ Roll Call he has no plans to run for political office in 2016.

“It’s certainly something that I would consider in the future,” former U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson said. “But it’s not anything that I have any sort of plan or interest in doing at the moment.”

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March 17, 2015

Wasserman Schultz Won’t Run for Senate

Wasserman Schultz Wont Run for Senate

Wasserman Schultz will not run for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz will seek re-election to her House seat and will not run for Senate, she confirmed to Roll Call Tuesday in the halls of Congress.

The Democratic National Committee chairwoman had been considering a bid for the potentially open seat, thanks to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio looking at a run for president. Full story

March 4, 2015

Democrats Have Early Favorite House Pickup Opportunity

Democrats Have Early Favorite House Pickup Opportunity

Blum, right, is a top Democratic target in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In one of the party’s best pickup opportunities this cycle, Democrats have zeroed in on second-time candidate Monica Vernon to win Iowa’s 1st District.

Freshman Rep. Rod Blum, a Republican, holds the seat. But the district’s composition is competitive, if not left-leaning: In 2012, President Barack Obama won it with 56 percent. That makes it a ripe target for Democrats, who must net 30 seats on a GOP-friendly map to win the majority. Full story

February 25, 2015

Ted Strickland Announces Senate Run in Ohio

Ted Strickland Announces Senate Run in Ohio

Strickland, left, is running for Senate. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, announced Wednesday morning he will challenge Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, in 2016.

“I’m running for the United States Senate in 2016 because I am determined to restore the American Dream for working people in this country,” Strickland said in a statement emailed to reporters.

Democrats need to gain five seats in 2016 to secure a majority, and in a presidential year that path could run through Ohio. Full story

February 24, 2015

Democrats Skeptical Ted Strickland Will Face Primary

Democrats Skeptical Ted Strickland Will Face Primary

Strickland previously served in the House. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:48 p.m. | Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat who is expected to announce a bid against Republican Sen. Rob Portman Wednesday, may get a clear shot at the nomination.

The only Democrat in the race until now, Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, is raking in donations from high-profile donors, announcing endorsements and putting out policy proposals. The Democrat recently told CQ Roll Call he is “running to win.”

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Russ Feingold Hints at Senate Bid in Final State Department Speech

Russ Feingold Hints at Senate Bid in Final State Department Speech

Feingold could run for his former Senate seat in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., hinted at a possible comeback bid in his final speech as an U.S. envoy to Africa for the State Department.

As Feingold, who lost to GOP Sen. Ron Johnson in 2010, concluded his remarks at the U.S. Institute of Peace, he thanked, “My once, current, and I hope, future Chief of Staff Mary Irvine.”

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February 18, 2015

Brendan Johnson Discusses His Future in South Dakota (Updated)

Brendan Johnson Discusses His Future in South Dakota  (Updated)

Thune, left, is a Republican from South Dakota. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 2:00 p.m. | U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson’s resignation could mean Democrats have found a potential candidate to challenge Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., in 2016.

Johnson, the son of former Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., announced Wednesday he will join a private law firm in Sioux Falls. As a U.S. Attorney, Johnson was prohibited from engaging in politics; as a private lawyer, he would be free to launch a campaign.

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February 17, 2015

Ron Johnson Talks Fundraising Strategy for 2016 Re-Election

Ron Johnson Talks Fundraising Strategy for 2016 Re Election

Johnson is up for re-election in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is looking for some fundraising help.

The senator is one of Democrats’ top targets in 2016. But while his colleagues in competitive seats have built up million-dollar war chests, Johnson had just $606,000 in his campaign account at the end of the year. Full story

February 11, 2015

Republicans Fear 2010 Redux in Nevada Senate Race

Republicans Fear 2010 Redux in Nevada Senate Race

Reid, left, is up for re-election in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call Photo)

Nevada Republicans worry their efforts to oust Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid in 2016 could be thwarted again by a crowded GOP primary.

In 2010, Republicans nominated one of their weakest candidates in the primary, Sharron Angle, from a large field of challengers to face Reid. In a banner year for the GOP across the country, Reid won re-election by a handful of points — and now Republicans are anxious history could repeat itself in 2016.

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February 9, 2015

Jindal Bets Potential 2016 Run on Common Core Repeal

Jindal Bets Potential 2016 Run on Common Core Repeal

Tim Scott's National School Choice Forum on "Choosing Excellence: A Forum on the Freedom to Choose Academic Excellence for Every Child" in the Hart Senate Office BUilding on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) " width="445" height="281" /> Jindal, in Washington for a forum on school choice, is mulling an education-focused presidential run. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Potential presidential contender Gov. Bobby Jindal was in Washington again Monday, burnishing his national education policy credentials at a Heritage Foundation forum on school choice.

The Louisiana Republican, who was a proponent of Common Core before very publicly reversing his thoughts on the schooling standards, has long focused on education policy as a way to distinguish himself from the bumper crop of would-be 2016 GOP presidential candidates.

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February 4, 2015

Kyrsten Sinema Plays Coy on John McCain Challenge

Kyrsten Sinema Plays Coy on John McCain Challenge

Sinema, left, is an Arizona Democrat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., brushed off speculation Tuesday she would challenge Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in 2016.

Democrats and Republicans have mentioned Sinema might run against the five-term Republican. The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday she formed a leadership PAC, stoking speculation about a statewide bid.  Full story

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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