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Super Tuesday Means High Stakes for Anti-Trump Republicans

By the time Super Tuesday results are tallied, 11 states will have bound 595 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

One of the highest-stakes days of the Republican presidential race has finally arrived.

Super Tuesday Means High Stakes for Anti-Trump Republicans

By the time Super Tuesday results are tallied, 11 states will have committed 595 delegates to particular candidates for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland — a large chunk of the 1,237 needed to win the party's presidential nomination. As Texas Republican Ted Cruz told reporters in San Antonio on Monday, “Super Tuesday, is, I believe, the most important day of this primary" — one he said could be an important day to slow Republican front-runner Donald Trump's momentum.  

Actually doing so would be a big feat. Trump, who already has the delegate advantage from victories in three of the four states that have already held contests, leads the polls in most states that vote on Tuesday, as well as nationally .  

Sanders Gets Another Hill Endorsement: Alan Grayson

Florida Rep. Alan Grayson, a Democrat known for bucking the Democratic establishment, announced his endorsement of Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders, the Democratic socialist challenging Hillary Clinton for the party’s presidential nomination.

Like Sanders, Grayson is in an uphill fight against his party’s leaders, challenging Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy for the party’s nomination for Senate in the Sunshine State.

Sanders Gets Another Hill Endorsement: Alan Grayson

Florida Rep. Alan Grayson, a Democrat known for bucking the Democratic establishment, announced his endorsement of Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders, the Democratic socialist challenging Hillary Clinton for the party's presidential nomination.  

Like Sanders, Grayson is in an uphill fight against his party's leaders, challenging Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy for the party's nomination for Senate in the Sunshine State.  

Incumbents Who Thought They Were Safe Getting a Scare

In three states, the first congressional primaries of the year will be held on Super Tuesday. And particularly in the mega-state of Texas, the 2016 presidential race could discomfit some House incumbents who have been seen as safe bets for re-election.

Texas sports the Republican Party’s largest House delegation — it has 25 members — and 14 of those running for re-election face primary challengers. That’s more daunting than usual in a year when the unconventional Donald Trump is the GOP front-runner, and voters are giving a more serious look to candidates who are targeting the Republican establishment.

Incumbents Who Thought They Were Safe Getting a Scare

In three states, the first congressional primaries of the year will be held on Super Tuesday.  And particularly in the mega-state of Texas, the 2016 presidential race could discomfit some House incumbents who have been seen as safe bets for re-election.  

Texas sports the Republican Party's largest House delegation -- it has 25 members -- and 14 of those running for re-election face primary challengers. That's more daunting than usual in a year when the unconventional Donald Trump is the GOP front-runner, and voters are giving a more serious look to candidates who are targeting the Republican establishment. “People who come out [to vote] sometimes, but not always, are very persuadable,” said James Harris, a Republican consultant advising Russ Ramsland, a wealthy businessman who is one of three candidates challenging Texas Rep. Pete Sessions for re-election.  

Tony Perkins to Endorse John Fleming in Louisiana Senate Race

Social conservative leader Tony Perkins and his political organization, the Family Research Council Action PAC, will endorse Rep. John Fleming, R-La., in the Louisiana Senate race, he told Roll Call on Friday.

“He’s a known quantity,” said Perkins, who ran for Senate in Louisiana in 2002. “I know exactly what he’s going to do. And it’s going to be good.”

Tony Perkins to Endorse John Fleming in Louisiana Senate Race

Social conservative leader Tony Perkins and his political organization, the Family Research Council Action PAC, will endorse Rep. John Fleming, R-La., in the Louisiana Senate race, he told Roll Call on Friday.  

"He’s a known quantity," said Perkins, who ran for Senate in Louisiana in 2002. "I know exactly what he’s going to do. And it’s going to be good."  

House Democratic Campaign Leader Endorses Clinton

Rep. Ben Ray Luján, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Friday he supports Hillary Clinton for president.

In a statement, the New Mexico lawmaker said, “Clinton is the best choice for President by far,” opting against her opponent in the Democratic primary, Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders.

House Democratic Campaign Leader Endorses Clinton

Rep. Ben Ray Luján, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Friday he supports Hillary Clinton for president.  

In a statement, the New Mexico lawmaker said, "Clinton is the best choice for President by far," opting against her opponent in the Democratic primary, Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders. 

Chris Christie Endorses Donald Trump for President

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the Republican who dropped his own campaign for president earlier this month after a poor showing in New Hampshire, announced his support for Donald Trump at a news conference Friday.

“He is strong enough to take on the D.C. establishment,” Christie told reporters in Fort Worth, criticizing Trump’s chief rivals, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. “Turn away from the amateur acts from Washington, D.C., and turn toward a strong leader. That’s who this is.”

Chris Christie Endorses Donald Trump for President

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the Republican who dropped his own campaign for president earlier this month after a poor showing in New Hampshire, announced his support for Donald Trump at a news conference Friday.  

“He is strong enough to take on the D.C. establishment," Christie told reporters in Fort Worth, criticizing Trump's chief rivals, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. "Turn away from the amateur acts from Washington, D.C., and turn toward a strong leader. That's who this is.”  

Shelby's Conservative Credentials Get Pre-Primary Boost

As Republican Sen. Richard C. Shelby of Alabama prepares to defend his conservative credentials against what could be one of the toughest primary challenges of his Senate career next Tuesday, a conservative national group has thrown its support to him.

The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund – a political action committee that arrived on the scene in 2009 as the tea party movement was taking off – offered its last-minute stamp of approval on Thursday, opting against his chief rival, Marine veteran Jonathan McConnell, just five days before Alabama voters head to the polls.

Shelby's Conservative Credentials Get Pre-Primary Boost

As Republican Sen. Richard C. Shelby of Alabama prepares to defend his conservative credentials against what could be one of the toughest primary challenges of his Senate career next Tuesday, a conservative national group has thrown its support to him.  

The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund – a political action committee that arrived on the scene in 2009 as the tea party movement was taking off – offered its last-minute stamp of approval on Thursday, opting against his chief rival, Marine veteran Jonathan McConnell, just five days before Alabama voters head to the polls. In a statement that praised Shelby's opposition to the 2008 Wall Street bailout and his efforts against illegal immigration, Jenny Beth Martin, the group’s chairman, said Shelby has “earned” another term.

Arizona's Matt Salmon Will Not Seek Re-Election

Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon, a fifth-term Republican, said Thursday he will not run for re-election this fall, lending his support to state Senate President Andy Biggs to replace him.

“I couldn’t be more pleased that Andy has decided to run for my seat and continue the fight to return our nation to the values that made it great,” Salmon said in a statement. “As Senate President, he has proven his commitment to advancing legislation that will make government smaller, more efficient and more accountable to the people.”

Arizona's Matt Salmon Will Not Seek Re-Election

Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon, a fifth-term Republican, said Thursday he will not run for re-election this fall, lending his support to state Senate President Andy Biggs to replace him.  

“I couldn’t be more pleased that Andy has decided to run for my seat and continue the fight to return our nation to the values that made it great," Salmon said in a statement. "As Senate President, he has proven his commitment to advancing legislation that will make government smaller, more efficient and more accountable to the people.”  

Will GOP Debate Slow Trump on the Way to Super Tuesday?

Republicans opposed to the rise of businessman Donald Trump said Thursday night’s GOP debate should be used as a moment for his remaining opponents to slow his political momentum.

Rather than attack each other during the debate — which airs from Houston on CNN at 7:30 p.m. CDT — strategists said Trump’s four rivals should focus their charges squarely on him.

Will GOP Debate Slow Trump on the Way to Super Tuesday?

Republicans opposed to the rise of businessman Donald Trump said Thursday night’s GOP debate should be used as a moment for his remaining opponents to slow his political momentum.  

Rather than attack each other during the debate — which airs from Houston on CNN at 7:30 p.m. CDT — strategists said Trump's four rivals should focus their charges squarely on him.  “Start making this significantly less fun for him than it is right now. If it’s not fun for him, he’ll perform worse,” said Liz Mair, a Republican strategist leading an anti-Trump super PAC.  

Harry Reid Endorses Hillary Clinton

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., endorsed Hillary Clinton for president Wednesday, joining the majority of congressional Democrats who are supporting her bid for the party’s nomination over Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders.

Reid’s support, revealed during an interview with CNN, came just a few days after the Democratic presidential campaign rolled through the Silver State. He became the 40th Senate Democrat to back her bid, according to Roll Call’s Endorsement Tracker.

Harry Reid Endorses Hillary Clinton

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., endorsed Hillary Clinton for president Wednesday, joining the majority of congressional Democrats who are supporting her bid for the party's nomination over Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders.  

Reid's support, revealed during an interview with CNN , came just a few days after the Democratic presidential campaign rolled through the Silver State. He became the 40th Senate Democrat to back her bid, according to Roll Call's Endorsement Tracker .  "I think the middle class would be better served by Hillary," Reid told CNN. "I also think she's the woman to be the first president of the United States that's a female."