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Attacks Come to Life in First Indiana Senate Primary Debate
Messer, Rokita and Braun sparred in Americans for Prosperity debate

Three Indiana Republicans, including Rep. Todd Rokita, sparred in Tuesday’s debate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The first debate among Indiana’s three Republican Senate candidates began much as this primary race started — with some punches.

In his opening statement, Rep. Todd Rokita came out swinging. “Mike, welcome to the Republican Party. Luke, welcome back to Indiana,” he said.

Behind the Scenes of Race Ratings: The Candidate Interview
Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales

Curious about what goes on behind the scenes at the Roll Call-Inside Elections political handicapping factory? Well wonder no more as Nathan Gonzales and the Roll Call team give you an inside look at what happens in the candidate interviews. 

DeSantis Touts Trump Endorsement in Announcing Florida Governor Run
Florida rep is 10th GOP House member to announce run for higher office

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., announced Friday he will run for governor of Florida. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Ron DeSantis will run for Florida governor in 2018, the third-term Republican announced Friday morning.

Appearing on the morning cable show “Fox & Friends,” DeSantis touted his strong relationship with President Donald Trump — who endorsed the 39-year-old lawmaker for a governor bid in recent weeks — before revealing his intention to run.

Democrats Push GOP to Delay Tax Talks After Alabama
But Republican tax conference committee is full speed ahead

Alabama Democrat Doug Jones's victory in the Senate race to replace Jeff Sessions could scramble the legislative calculus. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats were quick to call on Republicans to delay their efforts to rewrite the tax code, saying Doug Jones' victory in Tuesday’s special Senate election in Alabama is a sign from voters that needs to be heeded.

“The vote on the tax bill should be postponed. The voice of Alabamians should be heard on this and Doug Jones should have a chance to weigh in,” Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez told reporters Wednesday.

McConnell: Moore Must Step Aside If Allegations True
Ala. candidate initiated sexual encounter with girl, reports say

Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore is questioned by the media in the Capitol on Oct. 31. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 3:17 p.m. | Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is accused of initiating a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32, according to The Washington Post.

“If these allegations are true, he must step aside,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday.

Senate Leadership Fund Pledges to Support Moore
The McConnell-aligned group had supported Moore’s opponent in the GOP primary

Judge Roy Moore campaign worker Maggie Ford collects campaign signs after the U.S. Senate candidate forum held by the Shelby County Republican Party in Pelham, Ala., on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. Moore won the special election GOP runoff to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to preliminary results from the AP. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Super PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled Tuesday night it would back Judge Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race, despite spending millions to defeat him in the GOP primary.

Senate Leadership Fund president and CEO Steven Law issued a statement Tuesday night conceding Moore was likely to win the Republican runoff over Sen. Luther Strange, even before news outlets called the race for Moore.

Court Finds Two House Districts in Texas Were Illegally Drawn
27th and 35th districts were drawn on the basis of race, judges rule

A federal court found that the drawing of Texas Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s 35th district violated federal law. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A federal panel ruled Tuesday that the drawing of two Texas House districts violated federal law and that the state’s congressional map needs to be redrawn ahead of the 2018 midterms.

The unanimous ruling from the three-judge panel found that the 35th District, represented by Democrat Lloyd Doggett, and the 27th District, represented by Republican Blake Farenthold, were drawn primarily on the basis of race, violating the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act. 

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Tom MacArthur Feels Heat at Home Over Health Care, Russia
Author of controversial health care amendment one of few to hold town hall

New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur held a town hall in a Democratic stronghold in his district Wednesday night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

WILLINGBORO, N.J. — Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur knew it was going to be a rough night.

The architect of the amendment that’s credited with resurrecting the Republicans’ health care plan purposely planned his Wednesday night town hall in a town he lost last fall — by nearly 90 points. 

Blum Defends GOP Health Care Bill but Not Process
Iowa Republican is among handful holding town halls this week

Iowa Rep. Rod Blum told constituents Monday night that the health care bill process was rushed and “there should have been hearings.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Rod Blum faced his constituents Monday night to defend the Republican health care bill, but agreed with critics who chided the “rushed” process.

The Iowa Republican attempted to explain what he viewed as the merits of the bill, known as the American Health Care Act. Though he agreed with one constituent who raised concerns that House Republicans did not hold any hearings on the legislation before passing it last week.