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December 20, 2013

DCCC Raises $5 Million in November (Updated)

Updated 4 p.m. | The campaign arm of House Democrats brought in $5 million during November, according to figures shared first with CQ Roll Call by a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee aide.

The committee will report $27.6 million in the bank and zero debt.

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DSCC Outraised NRSC in November

The National Republican Senatorial Committee boosted its war chest in November but was again outraised by its Democratic counterpart, according to figures released this week.

The NRSC announced Friday that it raised $3.2 million in November and increased its cash on hand to $6.4 million. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee — with help from its best fundraising asset, President Barack Obama — previously announced bringing in $5.1 million and ending the month with $12 million on hand.

That brings the DSCC’s fundraising edge over the first 11 months of the year to $16 million. The DSCC is still $5 million in debt, while the NRSC has no remaining debt from last cycle.

Republicans must net six seats to win back the majority in the 2014 midterms, when most of the competitive seats are held by Democrats.

December 19, 2013

Scott Brown: New Hampshire Move Is ‘Strictly Personal’

Brown has moved to New Hampshire. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Sen. Scott Brown said goodbye to Massachusetts on Thursday, confirming in a statement released to the press that he is moving to New Hampshire.

The Republican has been flirting with a Senate bid in the neighboring Granite State for months. But in the statement published by WMUR, Brown called his move to the Granite State “strictly personal” and said he had “nothing to announce with regard to my future political plans.” Full story

Charlie Rangel to Seek Re-Election in 2014 (Updated)

Rangel said he will seek another term. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., announced Thursday he will seek a 23rd term in an op-ed he wrote for the New York Daily News.

While most political operatives brush off any notion that Rangel would leave office on his own will, he cast some doubt about his congressional future in an email to supporters earlier this week.

“I have been contemplating my own future and the role I want to play in the fight with my family,” he wrote on Sunday. “I plan to make a decision shortly and will announce before the holidays. Please stay tuned.” Full story

December 18, 2013

LGBT Victory Fund Endorses in Special Election

The Victory Fund, an organization that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political candidates, on Wednesday endorsed state Rep. Marcus Brandon for North Carolina’s 12th District special election.

Brandon is one of at least seven Democrats running to succeed Rep. Melvin Watt, who will soon leave the 12th District seat. Earlier this month, the Senate confirmed Watt to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

If Brandon wins, he would be the first openly gay African-American member of Congress in history, as well as the first openly gay member from the South, according to his campaign.

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6 Things to Know About Rep.-Elect Bradley Byrne

Byrne is coming to Congress. (Sharon Steinmann/Associated Press File Photo)

Former state Sen. Bradley Byrne, a Republican, coasted to victory Tuesday night in Alabama’s 1st District special election, easily defeating his Democratic opponent, real estate agent Burton LeFlore.

Byrne succeeds former GOP Rep. Jo Bonner, who resigned over the summer to take a job with the University of Alabama system.

Officials will not swear Byrne into Congress until the new year because the House has already left for the holiday recess. In the meantime, here are six things to know about the newest member of Congress.

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Poll: Braley Leads in Iowa Despite Disapproval for Obama

Despite poor approval ratings for the president in Iowa, the Democratic candidate for Senate led all of his potential Republican opponents in a poll released Wednesday.

Quinnipiac University’s latest poll found that Iowa Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley would defeat each of the six Republicans tested for this open-seat race. His closest competitor was former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker, whom Braley led 43 percent to 40 percent.

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Mia Love Is Clear Front-Runner for Matheson Seat

Love is running for Congress for a second time. (Chris Maddaloni CQ/Roll Call File Photo)

For an ambitious Republican, there is no more attractive House seat than that of retiring Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah — but the congressman’s former foe could be strong enough to hold off a run on the seat.

Matheson’s retirement announcement Tuesday turned a top GOP pickup opportunity into a seat for which national Democrats may not compete for the foreseeable future. No names of potential candidates emerged in the immediate aftermath, but anyone jumping in now would face a truncated timeline and a challenging race for the GOP nomination ahead.

Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love, who lost to Matheson by 768 votes in 2012, got a jump on the GOP competition by kicking off her campaign early this cycle. With the state’s top campaign operative on board and nearly $700,000 in the bank by the end of September, there is a sentiment in the state that her head start could be too much to overcome. Full story

With Wolf Retirement, GOP Fears Nominating Convention Woes in Virginia

Wolf's retirement gives Democrats a shot at picking up his seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

There’s a deep bench of Republican candidates in Virginia’s newly open 10th District, but the threat of a nominating convention picking an unpalatable general-election candidate looms large over the GOP.

Longtime GOP Rep. Frank R. Wolf’s retirement announcement on Tuesday blew open the field for this Northern Virginia-based House seat, creating a competitive contest for the first time in decades. Immediately, GOP operatives rattled off several local Republicans who would fit the district, for example state Dels. Barbara Comstock and Tim Hugo.

But if Virginia Republicans hold a nominating convention instead of a primary, the party might have some problems, operatives said. Nominating conventions typically turn out the party’s most conservative activists who tend to pick highly partisan candidates. That could be an issue in this competitive district, which President Barack Obama narrowly lost with 49 percent.

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December 17, 2013

Bradley Byrne Wins Alabama Special Election for House

Byrne is coming to Congress. (Sharon Steinmann/Associated Press File Photo)

Former state Sen. Bradley Byrne, a Republican, coasted to victory in Alabama’s 1st District special election on Tuesday night, easily defeating Democrat Burton LeFlore in the final congressional special election of 2013.

Byrne defeated LeFlore, 62 percent to 38 percent, with 50 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press.

In November, Byrne defeated tea-party-aligned businessman Dean Young by 4 points in the competitive GOP runoff that served as a bellwether in the fight for control of the Republican Party. The U.S.Chamber of Commerce aided Byrnemarking the first victory for business in the battle for control of the party.

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Latham Marks Third House Retirement in One Day (Updated)

Updated 5:48 p.m., 6:55 p.m., 7:56 p.m. | Iowa Republican Rep. Tom Latham, a top ally of Speaker John A. Boehner, became the third member of Congress to announce his retirement on Tuesday.

“I want to share with you my decision that I will not be a candidate for any office in November of 2014,” Latham wrote in an email to his supporters. Full story

Cochran Hires Campaign Manager for Tough Re-Election

Cochran will seek re-election in 2014. (Douglas Graham/CQ-Roll Call File Photo)

After an endorsement from the biggest names in Mississippi Republican politics, Sen. Thad Cochran has chosen Kirk Sims as campaign manager for his competitive re-election next year.

Sims, currently Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s chief of staff, will lead Cochran’s bid for a seventh term, the Cochran campaign announced Tuesday.

According to a source with direct knowledge of the situation, Cochran received phone calls endorsing Sims from Sen. Roger Wicker (who is also Sims’ father-in-law), former Gov. Haley Barbour and former Sen. Trent Lott. Full story

Democrat Jim Matheson Announces Retirement (Updated)

Matheson is retiring. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 3:00 p.m. | Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, announced on Facebook Tuesday afternoon that he “will not seek reelection to the House of Representatives.”

This essentially takes his seat — the heavily Republican 4th District — out of play for Democrats. Full story

Frank Wolf Will Not Seek Re-Election (Updated)

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 2 p.m. | Republican Rep. Frank R. Wolf will not seek an 18th term in Congress, according to a statement from his office.

“I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014,” Wolf, the dean of Virginia’s congressional delegation, said on Tuesday. “It has been an honor to serve the people of northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.”

“I thank my constituents for giving me the privilege of representing them in Congress for 34 years,” he added. Full story

Herman Cain to Campaign for Louisiana House Candidate

Cain is campaigning for a House candidate. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former GOP presidential hopeful and businessman Herman Cain will help kick off Republican Paul Dietzel’s campaign for Louisiana’s 6th District next month, according to a release from the candidate’s campaign.

Dietzel is running in the open 6th District, which is being vacated by GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy. The congressman is running for the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landreiu in 2014.

“Paul’s business experience, energy and passion for service are much needed assets in Congress,” Cain said in a news release announcing his upcoming appearance at the Jan. 17 event. “It is time for the next generation of conservatives to lead.”

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