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Democratic Challengers Make Gun Control a Security Issue

In the wake of terror attacks and mass shootings, Democrats are making their gun control argument more about national security. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Gun control has rarely been a winning general election issue for Democrats — and they know it. But the renewed focus on homeland security after the terror attacks in Paris and two mass shootings at home has given Democrats an opening to try to make it one. Democratic challengers in some of this year’s most competitive races  are appealing to Americans' fears about terrorism to broach gun control, specifically by calling out Republican incumbents for not backing New York Republican Rep. Peter T. King's bill, first introduced nine years ago, to prevent people on the terror watch list from purchasing firearms.  

"It's an easier issue to talk about because it seems so obvious and logical," a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee aide said on Dec. 4.  

Knight: 2nd Quarter Will Quell Fundraising Doubts

Knight, celebrating after drawing the first pick in the Capitol office lottery last November, acknowledges he has to kick up his fund-raising a notch. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Freshman California Republican Steve Knight promises he’ll do much better raising campaign money in the second quarter than he did in the first.  

Knight raised less than $29,000 in the first quarter, stirring doubts about his ability to defend his seat in a district that leans only slightly Republican and that President Barack Obama carried in 2008. Last year, Knight defeated fellow Republican Tony Strickland with 53 percent of the vote after Democrats failed in the June primary to advance a candidate to the top-two November ballot.  

Primary Results: California House Races (Updated)

Ose will face Bera, above. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 10:33 a.m., 2:15 p.m. | The race for California's coveted 31st District remained too close to call Wednesday morning, with just 390 votes separating the second- and third-place finishers.  

The results will make or break the race for Democrats, who have invested significant resources in this competitive district and named it one of their top targets of the cycle.  

Joe Baca Apologizes for Calling Negrete McLeod a 'Bimbo'

Baca has apologized for his remarks. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif., apologized Tuesday for calling retiring Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod a "bimbo" earlier in the day.  

Reacting to the fellow California Democrat's retirement announcement to The Hill newspaper, Baca described her as a "bimbo" and said outside interests were again spending money in a race he is running.  

Freshman California Democrat to Run for County Supervisor

McLeod won't seek a second term. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Freshman Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Calif., announced Tuesday she will not seek re-election in California's 35th District, instead opting for a bid for county supervisor back home in the Golden State.  

"I have chosen to seek election to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors and not reelection to Congress," Negrete McLeod said in a news release. "This was a decision not made lightly. However my desire to represent this community locally, where I have lived for more than forty years, and where I have long served as an elected official, won out. My federal, state, and local experience will allow me the opportunity to effectively represent the constituents of the Fourth District."  

California Democrat Could Leave Congress After 1 Term

Negrete McLeod (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Freshman Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, D-Calif., is keeping her options open to seek a San Bernadino County supervisor seat back home in the Golden State, according to multiple Democratic sources.

"She's keeping an open mind, that's all I know," said Rep. Mark A. Takano, one of Negrete McLeod's fellow freshman Democrats and allies in the California delegation. "She's keeping all her options open."

California: Baca Will Challenge Miller in 31st District

Baca will try to come back to Congress, challenging a Republican instead of a fellow Democrat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

So much for that blood feud congressional race in California's Inland Empire.

Former Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif., has announced he will run in a different district next year, challenging one of his party's top targets — Republican Rep. Gary G. Miller. 

California: Joe Baca Wants to Return to Congress

Baca says he wants back in the game, two months after losing re-election. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two months after he was ousted from Congress by a fellow Democrat, former California Rep. Joe Baca said he wants back in.

Baca told the Riverside Press-Enterprise he plans to challenge Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, who defeated him 56 percent to 44 percent in the redrawn 35th District east of Los Angeles.

California: Michael Bloomberg's Super PAC Makes Major TV Buy Against Joe Baca

Rep. Joe Baca (left) is being targeted by a super PAC funded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's (I) new super PAC has made a $1.3 million television reservation in the Los Angeles media market targeting Rep. Joe Baca (D), according to a source who tracks media buys.

Independence USA, Bloomberg's super PAC, made the buy is in support of Baca's opponent, Democratic state Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod. The new California election system involves a general election pitting the top two finishers from a "jungle" primary, hence the two Democrats in this race.

Anti-Incumbent Super PAC Adds Jones, Moran to Target List

Rep. Walter Jones Jr. is one of two Members that an anti-incumbent super PAC has decided to target. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 7:39 p.m. | The Campaign for Primary Accountability plans to launch spending crusades against Reps. Walter Jones Jr. (R-N.C.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.) as part of the super PAC’s growing list of targeted races.

The deep-pocketed super PAC also announced a “Watch List” of more than two dozen veteran Members whom it plans to evaluate and potentially target during the height of primary season during the next three months.