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EMILY's List Targets 15 Republicans for 2016

Schriock is the president of EMILY's List. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

EMILY's List put 15 GOP incumbents "On Notice" for their re-election bids Monday, naming its top GOP targets for 2016, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.  

The group, which backs women who support abortion rights, says each incumbent has a bad record on women's health issues, and will make it a priority to find female recruits to challenge them next fall. The list is almost identical to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's top targets in 2016, when the party will seek to put a dent in Republicans' historic House majority.  

NRCC Adds Another Member to Program for Vulnerable Incumbents

Donovan is a top Democratic target in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The National Republican Congressional Committee added newly minted Rep. Dan Donovan to its Patriot program Friday, signaling to its donor base that the New Yorker is among the GOP's most vulnerable House incumbents in 2016.  

The Patriot program provides organizational and fundraising support to the House GOP's most endangered members.  

Dan Donovan Wins Special Election to Succeed Michael Grimm

Voters in Staten Island elected a successor to Grimm. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Dan Donovan easily won a special election in New York's 11th District Tuesday night, solidifying his role as the successor to disgraced ex-Rep. Michael G. Grimm.  

The Staten Island district attorney defeated his Democratic opponent, New York City Councilman Vincent Gentile, 58 percent to 41 percent, with 72 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press. With his victory, the seat stays in GOP hands.  

Democrats Look Past Tuesday's New York Special Election

Voters will elect a Grimm successor Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Daniel Donovan is expected to cruise to victory Tuesday in the special election to replace disgraced former Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y.  

Despite the apparent opportunity for Democrats stemming from Grimm's resignation in January , after the three-term Republican pleaded guilty to tax fraud, national Democrats did not see a path to victory and spent almost nothing to aid their party’s candidate, New York City Councilman Vincent Gentile. Democrats argue that despite the expected loss to the Staten Island district attorney, the 11th District — with a northeastern boundary just blocks from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign headquarters in Brooklyn — is within reach in November 2016, with presidential-level turnout and further distance from a dismal midterm cycle.  

Republican Wins Money Race in New York Special

Grimm resigned from Congress in disgrace. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan walloped his Democratic opponent in fundraising for the special election to replace disgraced former Rep. Michael G. Grimm, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday.  

Donovan reported raising $615,000 between Jan. 1 and April 15 and had $462,000 in cash on hand for the final weeks of the May 5 special . New York City Councilman Vincent Gentile brought in $196,000 over the same time period and reported $116,000 in the bank.  

Cuomo Schedules New York Special Election (Updated)

Grimm resigned from Congress last month. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

Updated 10:30 a.m. |  Voters in New York's 11th District will head to the polls on May 5 to elect a successor for former Rep. Michael G. Grimm, the Republican who resigned  after pleading guilty to tax fraud  last year.  

Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo officially declared Grimm's seat vacant on Friday , setting off a roughly two-month scramble in this Staten Island-based district.  

A Dilemma for Democrats in New York's 11th District

Grimm resigned from Congress earlier this year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

Updated 4:23 p.m.| Democrats have a tough decision to make on Staten Island: How much of a play do they make in the special election for a seat they are likely to lose?  

“I’ve always believed that that is a very tricky district," Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., the former chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told CQ Roll Call recently outside the House chamber. "In a presidential year, it is competitive. In a midterm, not so competitive. In a special election, it could be exceedingly difficult." “I don’t envy the decision that the DCCC has to make on this one," Israel added.  

10 Races to Watch in 2016: New York's 11th District

Grimm faces a trial in February. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., pled guilty Tuesday to one count of federal tax evasion but refused to resign his seat, creating chaos in this Staten Island-based district even before the 114th Congress is sworn in.  

Grimm is scheduled for sentencing on June 8, and whether he'll see jail time remains to be seen. But no matter his punishment, calls for his resignation have already begun.  

Ex-Congressman Considers Seeking Grimm's Seat

Grimm is a New York Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., reportedly prepares to enter a guilty plea Tuesday to at least one of the 20 felony charges against him, his former foe confirmed he is being recruited to run for the Staten Island seat.  

Former Rep. Michael E. McMahon, D-N.Y., said he is not ruling out a bid in a brief phone interview with CQ Roll Call Tuesday morning. McMahon said he is not rushing to make a decision, citing the need to mourn the two police officers killed in a fatal shooting in Brooklyn over the weekend.  

Democrats Look for Comebacks From Members Ousted in 2010

Murphy, a Democrat, is a former member from Pennsylvania. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats are looking to two former members — both of whom lost re-election in 2010 — as potential recruits for 2016, according to three senior House Democratic operatives.  

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee recruitment officials have discussed ex-Reps. Patrick J. Murphy of Pennsylvania and Michael E. McMahon of New York as potential candidates this cycle.  Despite the party's drubbing earlier this month, Democrats have high hopes for recruitment next cycle. Throughout the 2014 cycle, operatives said privately that potential candidates passed on campaigns because they thought they would have a better chance in 2016, with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton possibly at the top of the ballot.