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April 21, 2015

April 8, 2015

Catherine Cortez Masto Running for Harry Reid’s Seat

Catherine Cortez Masto Running for Harry Reids Seat

Cortez Masto has been endorsed by Reid. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images File Photo)

Updated 4:47 p.m. | Catherine Cortez Masto, the preferred Democratic successor of retiring Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, will run for the minority leader’s seat.

“Catherine Cortez Masto fights to protect Nevada’s seniors, children, women, consumers, and homeowners,” her new Senate website states. “She did it as a prosecutor. She did it as Nevada’s Attorney General. Now she wants to bring her fight to the U.S. Senate.” Full story

Lois Capps to Retire (Video)

Lois Capps to Retire (Video)

Capps will not seek re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 2:24 p.m. | California Rep. Lois Capps announced Wednesday she will not run for re-election.

Capps, 77, has represented the Santa Barbara, Calif.-based 24th District since 1998. The Democrat ran in a special election that year to replace her husband, Walter Capps, who died of a heart attack less than a year into his first term in Congress.

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Democrats Down on Potential Iowa Candidate

Democrats Down on Potential Iowa Candidate

Young is a top Democratic target in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Iowa state Sen. Matt McCoy is seriously considering a challenge to Republican Rep. David Young, a top target in 2016.

But Democrats in both Washington, D.C., and Iowa are concerned about the Des Moines Democrat’s congressional ambitions in the 3rd District, a must-win seat for Democrats looking to slice into the Republican majority this cycle.

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April 7, 2015

Rand Paul 2016 Getting Started in Louisville

Rand Paul 2016 Getting Started in Louisville

Paul is seeking the Republican presidential nomination. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is making it official Tuesday: He will seek the Republican nomination for president.

Paul will announce his candidacy to a crowd at the Galt House in Louisville. He’ll follow his announcement with a tour through the early presidential primary and caucus states — New Hampshire, South Carolina, Iowa and Nevada — over the remainder of the congressional recess week.

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April 6, 2015

Democrat Announces Bid Against Valadao in California

Democrat Announces Bid Against Valadao in California

Valadao is a top Democratic target in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A California mayor will announce a challenge to Republican Rep. David Valadao Monday in California’s 21st District — a top Democratic pick-up opportunity in 2016.

“I am running for Congress to be a bold voice on behalf of Central Valley families and local neighborhoods throughout the 21st District,” Daniel Parra — the mayor pro tem of Fowler, Calif., an Air Force veteran who had been contemplating a bid — said in a news release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

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When Jeb Bush Managed a House Campaign

When Jeb Bush Managed a House Campaign

Ros-Lehtinen is backing Bush for president. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With the final votes concluded before the House left town for the two week recess, Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was running 20 minutes late for a scheduled interview.

Her legislative director’s dog, Maya, an office staple for the past half-dozen years, roamed as staffers munched on a fried chicken lunch served in honor of the current intern crop. Full story

April 2, 2015

Two Former Members Announce Comeback Bids

Two Former Members Announce Comeback Bids

Schneider is one of two former House Democrats to announce a comeback bid on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two former House Democrats ousted in 2014 announced Friday they’re giving it another go.

Former Reps. Pete Gallego of Texas and Brad Schneider of Illinois released statements within minutes of each other confirming they will challenge the freshman Republicans who defeated them in the midterms. Full story

LaHood Banks Big Haul in Race to Succeed Schock

LaHood Banks Big Haul in Race to Succeed Schock

Schock resigned from Congress March 31. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A top candidate to replace disgraced former Rep. Aaron Schock raised $210,000 since the Illinois Republican announced his plans to resign, CQ Roll Call has learned. The haul solidifies state Sen. Darin LaHood as a front-runner in the special election to replace Schock in the 18th District — a safe GOP seat located in and around Peoria, Ill.

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Grassley Strives for Seventh Term, Always Wanting More

Grassley Strives for Seventh Term, Always Wanting More

Grassley does a 99-county tour every year in Iowa. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 9:35 a.m. | He has never won re-election with less than 64 percent of the vote. His approval rating is 67 percent.

This is not some senator from a deep red or deep blue state. He is, in fact, a Republican representing a swing state in a presidential year, and Democrats would quite like to unseat him.

So why does Sen. Charles E. Grassley seem almost politically invincible?

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April 1, 2015

The Year of the Rematch

The Year of the Rematch

Shea-Porter is contemplating a fourth House race rematch in New Hampshire’s 1st District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter is seriously considering a run for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st District in 2016 — setting up the possibility of yet another House rematch this cycle.

“I am so grateful to all of you who have been also asking me to run again for the United States House of Representatives,” Shea-Porter said recently in an email to supporters obtained by CQ Roll Call. “I received 48.2% of the vote in a very tough cycle, which mean we can win the seat in 2016 when more voters turn out. My team and I are hard at work looking at everything, and I will send you an email when a decision is made.”

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March 31, 2015

Special Election Dates Set to Replace Aaron Schock

Special Election Dates Set to Replace Aaron Schock

Tuesday was Schock’s last day. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Voters in Illinois’ 18th District will select a replacement for Rep. Aaron Schock this summer, but exactly when remains unclear.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner set the dates for the special elections Tuesday night, just a few hours before Schock’s resignation was official. He chose June 8 for the primary and July 24 for the general. But a release from Rauner’s office said the dates are likely to change to comply with the federal timeline mandated for military absentee ballots.

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GOP Pollster: ‘Transformational’ Nominee Helps Blue State Senators

GOP Pollster: Transformational Nominee Helps Blue State Senators

Ayres speaks to Reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast. (Courtesy Michael Bonfigli/The Christian Science Monitor)

A prominent Republican pollster sounded warning bells about the shifting demographics of the American electorate at a breakfast with reporters Tuesday morning, saying his party must be more inclusive of minority voters if it wants to win the White House in 2016.

Whit Ayres, founder of the Republican polling firm North Star Opinion Research, said the GOP must win more than 40 percent of the Hispanic vote, as well as appeal to younger voters, in order to be successful at the presidential level in 2016. To do that, he said the party needs to change its messaging and tone on issues such as immigration and same-sex marriage.

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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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Democrat Announces Bid to Succeed Tammy Duckworth (Updated)

Democrat Announces Bid to Succeed Tammy Duckworth (Updated)

Duckworth is running for Senate, opening the 8th District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Update 12:44 p.m. | Raja Krishnamoorthi, the former Illinois deputy treasurer, announced Tuesday he will run for Congress in Illinois’ 8th District — an open-seat race thanks to Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s Senate bid.

“Tammy has been an excellent Representative for this district,” Krishnamoorthi said in a release.  “I want to continue Tammy’s advocacy for working families, with a focus on helping more people to succeed in the new economy.”

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March 30, 2015

Tammy Duckworth Announces Illinois Senate Bid (Updated)

Tammy Duckworth Announces Illinois Senate Bid (Updated)

Duckworth announced her run for Senate on Monday. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:52 a.m. | Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth announced Monday she will run for Senate, giving Democrats a top-tier candidate in a must-win seat in 2016.

“I’m running for the United States Senate in 2016 because it’s time for Washington to be held accountable, and to put Illinois families and communities first,” Duckworth said in a video announcing her candidacy.

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