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December 27, 2013

Doctor Candidate Plans to Tap Medical Community for Fundraising (Video)

The candidate: Surgeon Bob Johnson, a Republican.
The member: Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., who is running for Senate, leaving his seat open in 2014.
The district: Kingston has held the 1st District, which includes all of of Georgia’s coastline, since 1992. It’s a strong district for the GOP, and Mitt Romney carried it with 56 percent last cycle.
The team: John Konkus at Jamestown Associates (general consulting, media/communications, and mail), Robert Blizzard (polling), and Nathan Wurtzel at The Catalyst Group (PAC fundraiser).

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Most Fascinating Races of 2014: West Virginia’s 2nd District

Several Republicans are looking at running for Capito's House seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A jumbled GOP primary has given Democrats a unique opportunity to pick up a House seat in a state that is quickly slipping away from the party on the federal level.

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., is leaving the 2nd District to run for Senate — and even she expressed concern in June about the GOP’s chances of holding the 2nd District. Full story

The Best Congressional Campaign Ads of 2013 (Video)

Political ad makers were a busy bunch in 2013 — and the election year had not even started yet. Several competitive Senate races and special elections in the House meant the airwaves were already crowded.

Here’s Roll Call list of the top five most memorable congressional campaign advertisements of 2013:

5. “A Walk”

The Race: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sponsored this spot in the special election for South Carolina’s 1st District. Now-Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., waged a comeback bid to succeed now-Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., in this GOP-friendly district. Sanford’s well-documented personal foibles appeared to make this race against the Democratic nominee, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, somewhat competitive. This DCCC spot cleverly references — but never specifically mentions  — Sanford’s extramarital affair in 2009. Instead, the ad plays on the infamous hike on the Appalachian Trail that the former governor never took. Full story

December 26, 2013

Republican Hopeful Explains Van Damme Truck Trick (Video)

The candidate: Mike Collins, a Republican
The member: Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., is running for Senate, leaving his seat open in 2014.
The 10th District: Broun has held this strong GOP district since 2007, soundly winning re-election each cycle since then. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried the district with 62 percent.
The candidate’s team: Brandon Phillips at Wiregrass Strategy Group (general consultant) and Bob Kish at Third Wave Communications (media).

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Most Fascinating Races of 2014: Mississippi Senate

Cochran faces his toughest re-election battle in 30 years. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The race for Senate in Mississippi boasts nearly every facet of the national GOP divide in a state already struggling with its sense of conservatism.

Six-term Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., announced earlier this month that he would seek re-election, setting up a primary against a tea-party-backed challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Influential national conservative groups — Senate Conservatives Fund, the Club for Growth and the Madison Project — had already backed McDaniel.

But Cochran remains beloved by a certain class of Mississippi operatives who plan to put up a fierce fight to save him. GOP lobbyist Henry Barbour encapsulated that sentiment in September, when he warned McDaniel not to run. Full story

December 25, 2013

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: Illinois’ 13th District

Davis faces a competitive race in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Few true swing districts remain on the congressional map following the most recent round of redistricting in 2012, but Illinois’ 13th District still fits that description.

The downstate district splits along partisan lines, and voters essentially handed a tie to President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney in 2012. Republican freshman Rep. Rodney Davis captured the seat in 2012 with one of the slimmest margins of the cycle, defeating Democrat David Gill by less than 1 point.  Full story

December 24, 2013

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: California’s 17th District

Honda, left, has a challenge from another Democrat this cycle. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

This Democrat-versus-Democrat battle boasts several dynamics that make it one of the most fascinating races in the country: racial politics, a president split with his former aides, the future of Silicon Valley and money.

Lots and lots of money. Full story

December 23, 2013

Most Fascinating Races of 2014: California’s 31st District


Miller is politically vulnerable in 2014. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Editor’s note: Not all congressional races are created equal, and Roll Call’s politics desk admits to playing favorites. So in the spirit of the holidays, these are a few of our favorite things (races) to cover this cycle. We’re shining a spotlight on our 12 most fascinating races through the new year — in no particular order. Happy holidays from @RollCallPols!

Not much stands in the way of Democrats picking up California’s 31st District this cycle — except themselves. Again.

By the numbers, the district marks the best opportunity in the entire country for Democrats to pick up a House seat. Rep. Gary G. Miller holds dubious distinction of being the Republican representing the strongest Democratic district in the country.

But this race continues to be fascinating because, so far, Democrats have not learned their lessons from a 2012 upset here. Last cycle, several Democrats split the vote in California’s “top two” primary system, allowing Miller and another Republican to proceed to the general election.

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December 21, 2013

Ralph Hall Pledges to Retire After Next Term

Hall is a Republican from Texas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Ralph M. Hall, R-Texas, pledged Friday to retire after next term, assuming he wins re-election, according to The Rockwall Herald-Banner.

“I have had the privilege of serving the people of Rockwall and East Texas for some time,” he said in Rockwall, per the paper. “I look forward to campaigning for re-election the next couple of months and serving one final term in Congress.” Full story

December 20, 2013

DCCC Raises $5 Million in November (Updated)

Rep. Steve Israel of New York is the DCCC chairman. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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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By Shira T. Center Posted at 1:28 p.m.

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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