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With Horsford Out, Nevada Democrats Look Down Line (Updated)

Horsford won't run in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated March 19, 10:40 p.m. | Former Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford's decision not to seek his old House seat next year has set off jockeying on the Democratic side for one of the party's top pickup opportunities.  

Republican Rep. Cresent Hardy defeated Horsford in 2014, but party leaders hoped to convince  the former lawmaker to run again this cycle, which should have favorable presidential-level turnout. Several Democrats expected to be interested in the race were waiting on Horsford. His decision against running was first reported by Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston, who tweeted that the former congressman was joining the prominent Las Vegas-based consulting firm R&R Partners. A Democratic source familiar with the discussions confirmed this to CQ Roll Call.  

Nevada: Running Again in 2016? Reid Says, 'Sure, Why Not?'

Reid indicated he will seek re-election in 2016. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

His answer wasn't exactly Shermanesque, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., indicated to his home-state press Wednesday that he intends to run for re-election in 2016.

"Sure, why not?" Reid, 73, responded to a question, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Nevada: Dean Heller Prevails Over Shelley Berkley in Senate Race

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Dean Heller (R) was able to overcome President Barack Obama's Nevada coattails and defeat Rep. Shelley Berkley (D).

The Associated Press called the race around 4 a.m., with Heller leading by about 1 point.

Candidates Make Last-Minute Loans to Campaigns

A slew of Congressional candidates dipped into their own wallets over the past week to fund one final push in their campaigns.

Here's Roll Call's running tally, according to local reports and online filings with the Federal Election Commission:

American Crossroads/Crossroads GPS Make Gargantuan Final Senate Ad Push

The Republican-affiliated sister groups American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS will begin a massive $10.5 million Senate ad blitz today and Wednesday, blanketing competitive Senate races, including those in Maine, Montana and New Mexico, with hard-hitting attack ads.

With control of the Senate in the balance, the deep-pocketed groups are making a concerted final push to help put GOP candidates over the line.

Nevada: Shelley Berkley Camp Releases Internal to Combat Public Polls

Sen. Dean Heller and Rep. Shelley Berkley take their place for an Oct. 11 debate at Vegas PBS for Nevada's Senate race. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Shelley Berkley's Senate campaign released an internal poll this afternoon after two new public autodial polls found the Democrat down by at least 6 points.

A memo from the Mellman Group polling firm reported that Berkley led Republican Sen. Dean Heller, 41 percent to 38 percent, with 11 percent undecided. The campaign released a poll last week that had Berkley ahead by an identical margin.

Daily Ad Track

About a month ago, Roll Call published a story about how operatives adjusted their TV messaging in anticipation of ad inundation. This week,

about how operatives adjusted their TV messaging in anticipation of ad inundation. This week, the New York Times and

Bill Clinton to Hit Stump for House, Senate Democrats

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama isn't the only Democrat running this year that's benefiting from appearances by Bill Clinton.

For the past month, since his well-received speech at the Democratic National Convention, the former president has hit the campaign trail for Obama. He has said his top goal is returning Obama to the White House, but he's also finding time in the final push before Election Day for some downballot Democrats who also find themselves in close races and could use the boost Clinton can provide.

Daily Ad Track

A "great wall" of ads continues to slam voters in competitive districts, especially on the topic of China.

But the biggest news today in political ads is that Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) is no longer keeping her powder dry in the Missouri Senate race. She went right for the jugular with a new statewide television ad almost as soon as it was certain Rep. Todd Akin (R) was her general election opponent. On the House front, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has canceled a week of airtime in Florida's 18th district, where Rep. Allen West (R) is seeking re-election. Officials said they were shifting resources to other races because House Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC, has reserved ad time in West's district. House Majority PAC is also shifting resources, as the House battleground map continues to come into sharper focus.

Senate Democrats Optimistic About Keeping Majority

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Democratic leaders today expressed optimism about their prospects of holding on to control of the chamber in November.

The grandest pronouncement came from Senate Democratic Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.).