Kentucky Rep. Whitfield to Resign From Congress Next Week
Move could allow successor to serve in 'lame duck' session

Kentucky Rep. Edward Whitfield, seen during a 2015 press conference on Capitol Hill, is resigning from Congress next week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Kentucky Rep. Edward Whitfield said Wednesday that he will resign from Congress next week. The disclosure, made in a letter to Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, comes almost a year after the Republican announced he would retire in the face of a House investigation into ethics violations.

His resignation will be effective Sept. 6, the day the House returns from its summer recess, according to his Aug. 29 letter. Whitfield's office said he would announce his future plans in the next 30 days.

Bachmann: Trump 'Raised up' by God
Ex-Minnesota congresswoman and presidential candidate is advising Trump

Former Rep. Michele Bachmann said she initially supported Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential bid, but is now advising Donald Trump. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said she believes there's a divine power behind Donald Trump's run for the presidency.

In an interview with the Christian television network CBN, Bachmann said she initially supported Sen. Ted Cruz.

Sore Losers: Senate Candidates Ingracious in Defeat
McCain, Rubio challengers, Grayson refuse to endorse winning opponents

Arizona's Kelli Ward, Sen. John McCain's defeated primary opponent, said, "I hope the senator can rest comfortably with his conscience as he continues to lecture others about civility.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

So much for losing graciously.

The primary challengers to Sens. John McCain and Marco Rubio —  Republicans Kelli Ward and Carlos Beruff, respectively — and Rep. Alan Grayson who lost his Senate bid to fellow Florida Democrat, Rep. Patrick Murphy, were very critical of their opponents as the results of Tuesday's vote became clear.

Grayson Goes Down With Guns Blazing
Says he won't endorse primary opponent Murphy in race against Rubio

Florida Rep. Alan Grayson's political future looks dark after losing the Democratic Senate primary to Rep. Patrick Murphy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After finishing a distant second in his bid for the Florida Democratic Senate nomination, Rep. Alan Grayson has few avenues for a political future in the state.

Fellow Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, who beat Grayson on Tuesday, was heavily favored by the party establishment, including the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Field Set in Arizona's Tossup House District
Republican-turned-Democrat to face off against scandal-plagued Republican

Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, Arizona, seen here at a Capitol news conference in 2010 with Sen. John McCain, won the Republican primary for the state's 1st District Tuesday. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

In Arizona's tossup 1st District, Democrat Tom O'Halleran, a former Republican state senator, will face off against Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu in November.

Babeu easily beat five other Republicans in the primary in this eastern Arizona district, but he brings years of baggage to the race.

Let’s Go Dutch! Democrats Target Pennsylvania GOP Country
VP nominee Tim Kaine visited Lancaster on Tuesday night

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine at a rally in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday. The longtime traditionally Republican area is getting increasing attention from Democrats this election season. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

LANCASTER, Pa. — If nothing else this election year, the people of Pennsylvania Dutch Country will get to know the two major parties’ vice presidential nominees. And vice versa.

“I am so glad you pronounce ‘Lancaster’ the same way we do in Virginia,” Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate, said Tuesday evening at the Boys & Girls Club on Lemon Street. Lancastrians are sensitive about this. It’s LANC-aster.

McCain Cruises to Easy Primary Win in Arizona
Veteran Republican senator was a heavy favorite in the Grand Canyon State

Arizona Sen. John McCain on a train near the Grand Canyon during a campaign swing earlier this summer. (Daniel A. Anderson/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. John McCain defeated former state Sen. Kelli Ward in Arizona's Republican Senate primary, setting up a general election matchup against Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, who ran uncontested in the party's primary Tuesday. 

With little more than the early vote from Maricopa County counted, the longtime incumbent led Ward 55 percent to 35 percent, according to the Associated Press. 

Florida House Primary Results: Contests Set in Tossup Seats; A Few New 115th Faces Likely Known
With redistricting earlier this year and many retirements, the Florida delegation is getting a makeover

Randy Perkins won the Democratic primary in Florida's 18th District, a tossup seat vacated by Rep. Patrick Murphy. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated as of 10: 50 p.m. | With Florida primary races now settled, the general election can begin to take shape in the state's two tossup seats that Democrats need to secure the House majority.

In Florida's 18th District, which Rep. Patrick Murphy is vacating to run for Senate, the national Democrats' preferred candidate won. Wealthy businessman Randy Perkins defeated Jonathan Chane. Perkins poured more than $3 million of his own money into his campaign and is prepared to spend much more in the general. 

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Survives Primary from Left
Former DNC chairwoman defeated Bernie Sanders-backed candidate

Former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz won the party's primary in Florida's 23rd District on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz fended off a primary challenge from Bernie Sanders-backed law professor Tim Canova in Florida's 23rd District on Tuesday night. 

The incumbent won 57 percent of the vote to Canova's 43 percent with 56 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press. 

Embattled Corrine Brown Ousted in Primary
Florida Democrat's campaign had been clouded by legal troubles

Florida Rep. Corrine Brown, who is under indictment for mail and wire fraud, lost her primary Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated as of 10: 57 p.m. | Florida Rep. Corrine Brown was defeated in her Democratic primary in the state's dramatically redrawn 5th District, as she deals with fallout following her indictment on fraud charges in July.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, former state Sen. Al Lawson unseated Brown with 48 percent of the vote to 39 percent for the 12-term congresswoman. Former congressional aide LaShonda Holloway trailed with 13 percent.

Florida Senate Battleground Set: Rubio, Murphy Win Primaries
The race is one of 11 in-play seats as Democrats hope to win back the chamber

Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., defeated another House lawmaker and will face Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It's official: Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy will take on Republican Sen. Marco Rubio in the Florida Senate race, a closely watched contest that will pit a former presidential candidate trying to save his political career against a young lawmaker Democrats hope has the moxie to win a tough race.

Both men, as expected, won their primaries Tuesday: Rubio easily defeated Miami-area builder Carlos Beruff in a contest that never gained traction after the incumbent decided to seek re-election in June. Rubio took 71 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press, at publication time.

Pramila Jayapal Says She Respects Kaepernick's Anthem Protest
Washington Democrat is running for Rep. Jim McDermott's seat

Washington House candidate Pramila Jayapal is running to succeed longtime Rep. Jim McDermott in the Seattle-based 7th District. (Courtesy Pramila for Congress)

Democratic House candidate Pramila Jayapal said she respected the actions of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick who drew controversy when he chose not to stand for the national anthem last week. 

Kaepernick's decision to sit during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at an exhibition game Friday was meant to highlight police brutality and racial disparities, several media outlets reported. He's since declared he'll continue to sit until "there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent."

Grassley Opens Door to Lame Duck Action on SCOTUS Nominee
Senate Republicans have so far blocked a hearing or vote on Merrick Garland

Iowa Sen. Charles E. Grassley has hinted that he might be open to a hearing and confirmation vote for Judge Merrick Garland during the lame duck session after Election Day. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles E. Grassley signaled that he is open to possibly acting on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee after the November elections.

Republican leaders have pledged not to take up the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland, though a few senators have raised the possibility of a hearing or confirmation vote during a lame duck session between Election Day and when the new Congress is seated in January.

Senators Return to D.C. for Brief Sessions
Brief pro forma sessions block prospect of Obama recess appointments.

Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford is among the Republicans who gaveled in a brief session this summer recess. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On Tuesday morning, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito opened a Senate session that lasted just 30 seconds.

The West Virginia Republican is one of several GOP senators who have returned to the nation's capital during the summer to gavel the chamber in and out — essentially a procedural gambit to block President Barack Obama from making any appointments while the Senate is out of town.

Challenger's Poll Shows Close Race Against Issa in California
Issa's campaign disagrees, says GOP incumbent is in good shape to hold seat

California Rep. Darrell Issa won his last election with more than 60 percent of the vote. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

An internal poll conducted for California Rep. Darrell Issa's Democratic opponent shows Doug Applegate within three percentage points of the long-time Republican lawmaker.

The Strategies 360 poll released Monday by Applegate's campaign, showed 45 percent saying they would vote for Issa, while 42 percent said they favored Applegate and 13 percent were undecided.