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Exit Interview: John Barrow Laments Hyper-Partisan Congress

Barrow lost re-election in November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Defeating Georgia Rep. John Barrow, the last white House Democrat in the Deep South, may have been one of the House GOP’s biggest feats  in last month’s near sweep of the 2014 elections.  

In an exclusive exit interview with CQ Roll Call Thursday — hours before Barrow’s final vote of his decade-long Capitol Hill career — he did not rule out a future bid. “It was an unusual set of circumstances that brought me here, and I think it’s fair to say that it’s an unusual set of circumstances that’s taken me away,” Barrow said. “If an unusual set of circumstances came up down the road, I wouldn’t rule it out."  

How Republicans Caught Their White Whale: John Barrow

Barrow lost re-election last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

For House GOP, a Wave ... Or a Trickle?

Kirkpatrick is one of the most endangered Democrats this cycle. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republicans are on track to make gains this cycle, but two weeks before Election Day, it's still unclear whether the party will procure a wave of double-digit gains in their quest to extend the majority.  

Members of Congress and operatives alike note this is a toxic time for Democrats on the ballot that should result in huge losses for the president's party. But a race-by-race evaluation of the House map shows Republicans are more likely in a position to pick up a net of around six seats this cycle.  

6 Gubernatorial Races With Potential Congressional Consequences

Barber is running as a Democrat in Arizona, where there is a competitive gubernatorial race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The lines separating gubernatorial and congressional candidates on the ballot could blur in several states this cycle, as the top of the ticket proves to be a driving force downballot in a half-dozen states.  

Typically, competitive gubernatorial races impact one key factor for victory: turnout. As a result, state parties ramp up their efforts to turn out their base, which could also boost candidates all over the ballot, including congressional races.  

Candidate: Obama Lawsuit Sold Me on Boehner (Video)

Allen is a Georgia Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker John A. Boehner can likely count on another vote to keep his gavel — but only if Republican Rick Allen wins his competitive race in Georgia next month.  

"Speaker Boehner's stock went up with me with this constitutional lawsuit [against President Barack Obama], I thought it was time to make a stand," Allen said in a Sept. 9 interview with CQ Roll Call. "He made a stand, I'm proud of him for it.  

Chamber to Formally Back John Barrow on Friday

Barrow will be endorsed Friday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Georgia Rep. John Barrow will be get the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at an event in his district Friday, a chamber official told CQ Roll Call and Barrow's campaign confirmed.  

Barrow is the fourth Democrat this cycle to receive the backing of the chamber, a pro-business group that spends millions in federal elections usually in support of Republicans. The others include Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., a top GOP target who was endorsed Wednesday , along with Reps. Henry Cuellar of Texas and Jim Costa of California.  

This Fall's House Ad Wars Have Officially Started (Video)

Grimm is one of the NRCC's first targets with an independent expenditure. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The flood gates opened Tuesday when the House campaign committees began the barrage of fall television advertisements.  

Exactly a year ago, CQ Roll Call predicted  the House's fall campaign ad wars would begin as early as mid-August, creeping back a few weeks from the traditional start around Labor Day. Now the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee and several top tier House candidates rolled out their first television spots of the cycle.  

John Barrow Raises $580,000 in Second Quarter

Campaign Fundraising: John Barrow announced his haul for the second quarter. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. John Barrow, a Georgia Democrat and perpetual GOP target, raised $580,000 in the second quarter, according to figures provided first to CQ Roll Call.  

Barrow's three-month haul brings his total cash on hand to $1.9 million as of June 30.  

NRCC Reserves $30 Million for TV Ads in 2014

The NRCC Chairman is Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee has reserved $30 million in television airtime this fall, signaling it is preparing to go on offense in 17 districts and defend nine more.  

The NRCC has put its marker down in many of the same House districts as its counterpart , the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. It's a good indicator of which races both parties think will be most competitive in November. But there are a few competitive districts not included in the NRCC's initial reservations, such as Iowa's 3rd District — an open seat currently held by a Republican that is one of this cycle's few Tossup races. Also, the NRCC's television reservations total $13.5 million less  than what the DCCC has already reserved for this fall. The committees will likely shift and add more airtime as individual races develop during the rest of the cycle.   But the DCCC has raised more money than the NRCC this cycle. As of the end of April, the DCCC had $43.3 million in the bank, while the NRCC had $32.3 million. Here are the districts where the NRCC has already reserved airtime for this fall: Offense Arizona's 1st District: $1.95 million on Phoenix broadcast in Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick's district. Republicans will select their nominee in an Aug. 26 primary. (Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rating: Tilts Democrat )  

NRCC Promotes 11 More to 'Young Guns'

NRCC Chairman Walden announced a new set of 'Young Gun" candidates. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The National Republican Congressional Committee has elevated 11 more candidates to "Young Gun" status, moving these prospects to the top tier of of their benchmark program for campaigns in 2014.  

“Candidates that reach ‘Young Gun’ status have met a series of rigorous goals that will put them in position to win on Election Day,” NRCC Chairman Greg Walden said in a Tuesday statement. "Our job as a committee is to help elect Republicans to office that will serve as a check and balance on the Obama administration." All of the following, newly-minted Young Gun candidates have recently won their primaries . The NRCC does not publicly pick sides in primaries.