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October 21, 2014

Crossroads Targets Nevada Democrat

Crossroads Targets Nevada Democrat

Horsford is a Democrat from Nevada. ( Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Crossroads GPS, a GOP group, bought $1 million in airtime Tuesday to target Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., an incumbent who was not considered vulnerable until now. Full story

October 16, 2014

How ‘Dr. Dan’ Cured His Campaign Woes

How Dr. Dan Cured His Campaign Woes

Republicans say Benishek is one of the "most improved" candidates. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Once a top target for Democrats, Rep. Dan Benishek, a former surgeon turned tea party candidate, has turned a corner in his campaign for a second term, and national Republicans have labeled him one of their “most improved” members of the cycle.

What happened? A combination of staff changes, leveraging his slot on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and a favorable cycle for Republicans gave Benishek a clear advantage in the 1st District.

“It looked as if Michigan’s 1st District was going to be one of maybe the top two or three House races here in Michigan,” said Dennis Darnoi, a Michigan Republican consultant. “It hasn’t really reached the competitive level that, I think, was expected.” Full story

October 7, 2014

Court Tosses Virginia Congressional Map (Updated)

Court Tosses Virginia Congressional Map (Updated)

Scott's district was ruled unconstitutional. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:28 p.m.| A federal court has ruled Virginia’s congressional map violated the 14th Amendment and instructed the legislature to redraw the state’s congressional boundaries by April 1, 2015.

On Tuesday, three federal judges sided with the plaintiffs, who argued the Republican-led legislature drew Virginia’s 3rd District to pack blacks into the district, thus diminishing their influence in neighboring districts and violating the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

The current map will still be in effect for the 2014 elections. The court instructed the legislature to redraw the entire congressional map by April, and there will likely be more legal action before then. Full story

6 Gubernatorial Races With Potential Congressional Consequences

6 Gubernatorial Races With Potential Congressional Consequences

Barber is running as a Democrat in Arizona, where there is a competitive gubernatorial race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The lines separating gubernatorial and congressional candidates on the ballot could blur in several states this cycle, as the top of the ticket proves to be a driving force downballot in a half-dozen states.

Typically, competitive gubernatorial races impact one key factor for victory: turnout. As a result, state parties ramp up their efforts to turn out their base, which could also boost candidates all over the ballot, including congressional races.

Gubernatorial races have less of an impact on Senate contests, where candidates are similarly well known by voters. But they often can make a difference in a close House race.

In alphabetical order, here are six states where the impact of a gubernatorial race could drip down the ballot:  Full story

October 2, 2014

Candidate: Obama Lawsuit Sold Me on Boehner (Video)

Candidate: Obama Lawsuit Sold Me on Boehner (Video)

Allen is a Georgia Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker John A. Boehner can likely count on another vote to keep his gavel — but only if Republican Rick Allen wins his competitive race in Georgia next month.

“Speaker Boehner’s stock went up with me with this constitutional lawsuit [against President Barack Obama], I thought it was time to make a stand,” Allen said in a Sept. 9 interview with CQ Roll Call. “He made a stand, I’m proud of him for it.

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October 1, 2014

New Kansas Senate Race Poll Shows Roberts Trailing

New Kansas Senate Race Poll Shows Roberts Trailing

Roberts is a Republican from Kansas. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Independent businessman Greg Orman led Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., by 5 points in a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll released Wednesday.

The poll showed Orman at 46 percent and Roberts at 41 percent.

The Kansas Senate race is unexpectedly competitive this cycle. The last time Kansans elected a senator who was not a Republican was 1932. Full story

How to Approve That Political Message (Video)

“I approved this message.”

The words comprising the legal disclaimer — “I’m Candidate X, and I approve this message” — are the bane of political ad-makers and congressional campaigns. But they’re required to include it in every political spot, thanks to a decade-old campaign finance law provision intended to discourage nasty campaign advertising.

“The challenge is you’re dealing with such a limited amount of real estate, 30 seconds,” said Eric Adelstein, a media consultant for Democrats. “People try to be creative in how to incorporate mandatory language into that messaging.”

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Asian Republicans Announce 2014 Endorsements

Asian Republicans Announce 2014 Endorsements

Comstock, left, is running against Democrat John Foust, right, in Virginia's 10th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Asian Republican Coalition announced Wednesday its support for five Republicans in the midterms, including two incumbents, two House hopefuls and a gubernatorial candidate.

“These candidates believe in creating and building upon strong relationships within the comprehensive Asian American community,” ARC Chairman John J. Ying said in a press release. “We are pleased to see that they will constructively engage to push for an agenda based on education, merit, hard work, personal freedom, entrepreneurship and family.”

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September 24, 2014

Last Call: Where Should We Travel to Cover the Midterms? (Video)

Less than 36 hours remain for readers to vote on a locale to send two Roll Call politics reporters to cover the midterms.

Readers can pick one of two Senate races in Colorado and Kansas, and one of two House races in California and Nebraska.

Have an opinion on which race we should cover? Tweet your thoughts to @RollCall with the #RCReadersChoice tag.

Otherwise, polls close Thursday at 5 p.m. Vote below:

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September 17, 2014

Vote Now: Where Should Roll Call Travel to Cover the Midterms?

Vote Now: Where Should Roll Call Travel to Cover the Midterms?

Roll Call's Alexis Levinson, left, talks with a House candidate in Iowa, David Young, during August recess. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Will it be Omaha or San Diego? Raleigh or Topeka? Lexington or Denver?

Two days of voting have passed in Roll Call’s first reader survey to determine where we should send reporters cover the midterms. The polls for this round close Friday at 5 p.m.

As of Wednesday morning, the Kansas contest held a clear lead among Senate races. But that could change quickly if the state Supreme Court refuses to let the Democrat off the ballot, which could complicate the path for a wealthy independent candidate, Greg Orman, to take on GOP Sen. Pat Roberts in November. A decision is expected this week.

House contests in Nebraska and San Diego keep trading the top spot in that category. That might have something to do with a Facebook campaign from the Democratic nominee in Nebraska’s 2nd District, Brad Ashford, who is challenging GOP Rep. Lee Terry. Roll Call Politics’ House Reporter Emily Cahn has even acquired her own Twitter hashtag for this race choice: #CahntoNebraska.

Two finalists in each category will be announced Monday.

Have an opinion on which race we should cover? Did we miss one of your favorite contests this cycle? Email your feedback or race of choice to Politics Editor Shira T. Center, or tweet your thoughts or race at @RollCall with #RCReadersChoice.

Otherwise, the voting continues below. Full story

September 15, 2014

You Decide: Where Should Roll Call Travel for the Midterm Elections?

You Decide: Where Should Roll Call Travel for the Midterm Elections?

Associate Politics Editor Kyle Trygstad, left, interviews GOP Senate candidate David Perdue on the campaign trail in Georgia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In our unprecedented effort to cover the midterm elections, Roll Call has hit the campaign trail in 14 states so far this year, covering 24 congressional races and writing 36 datelined stories from Adel, Iowa, to Tallulah, Louisiana.

We’ve written about House and Senate races in ArizonaGeorgiaIllinoisIowaMassachusettsMississippiNew HampshirePennsylvania, TexasWest Virginia and more. Later this week, we’ll head back to Louisiana to cover this cycle’s most vulnerable senator.

You Decide: Where Should Roll Call Travel for the Midterm Elections?

Unfortunately, there are still a few races we haven’t covered yet from the ground — and we’re running out of time. We’d like help from you, our readers, to pick two of Roll Call’s final campaign stops this cycle.

Vote for your race by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19. Readers will pick two races from the finalists next week. Full story

August 27, 2014

National Democrats Slam Thom Tillis Again on Education Cuts

National Democrats Slam Thom Tillis Again on Education Cuts

A DSCC ad again hits Tillis on education. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

National Democrats are launching yet another TV ad hitting North Carolina Republican Thom Tillis on state cuts to public education.

Education is rarely the leading issue in a Senate race, but the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and its allies are pushing to ensure it stays at the forefront of the conversation. Tillis, the speaker of the state House, is challenging Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in a top GOP pickup opportunity.

Senate Majority PAC and EMILY’s List have run similar ads. The latest one is from the DSCC, the second spot of a total $9.1 million buy in the state through the election.

“Our schools are not some luxury,” North Carolina resident Shawn Jackson says in the ad. “But the tax cuts that Thom Tillis gave out for private jets and yachts? Those are. I don’t understand his priorities.” Full story

August 26, 2014

Penultimate Primary Night: Live Coverage of Congressional Races

The penultimate primary night of the 2014 midterm elections season is upon us Tuesday as the Roll Call Politics Team tracks results in Arizona, Oklahoma and Florida.

Starting at 7 p.m., follow along below for live results and analysis from congressional races.

Live Blog Live Coverage: Primaries in Arizona, Oklahoma and Florida
 

Democrat Describes Race as Party’s Best Pickup Opportunity (Video)

Democrat Describes Race as Partys Best Pickup Opportunity (Video)

Aguilar, Democratic candidate for California's 31st District. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call)

Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar called his bid for California’s 31st District the Democrats’ best chance to pick up a Republican seat in the midterms.

“It is the most Democratic seat held by a Republican in the nation,” Aguilar told CQ Roll Call in a July 16 interview. “And the Republican decided to retire. So this is a great opportunity, Democrats’ best opportunity for a pickup.” Full story

August 22, 2014

Mary Rose Wilcox Vies for Arizona’s 7th District (Video)

Mary Rose Wilcox Vies for Arizonas 7th District (Video)

Wilcox, D-Ariz., candidate for Congress from Arizona's 7th district. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Former Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, a Democrat, hopes her community ties and political experience will boost her to victory in Tuesday’s primary in Arizona’s 7th District.

In an interview with CQ Roll Call in Washington, D.C., Wilcox laid out what she believes will be a winning strategy for the primary.

“We’re targeting, we’re making sure that we’re getting the voters out,” said Wilcox in late July. “I know my community. My community has shared with me many of their concerns, and so the message is one that is resonating. And that’s how we win.” Full story

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