primaries

Indiana Headed for Another Member-on-Member Senate Primary
Messer close to announcing a bid and Rokita expected to follow

Indiana Rep. Luke Messer is assumed to be running for Senate, but he could be joined by another member of the Indiana delegation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hoosier politicos call it the “Wabash mafia.” And now two graduates of the tiny, all-male college in Indiana are likely to face off in the Republican primary to take on Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in 2018.

GOP Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita graduated from Wabash College just one year apart. And while neither has officially entered the race, they’re both making moves that suggest this cycle’s primary could again feature member-on-member theatrics.

White House Health Care Full-Court Press Changes Few Minds
Trump, Ryan lack needed 216 votes in House, says Freedom Caucus chairman

President Donald Trump and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price arrive in the Capitol to meet with the House Republican Conference about the party’s health overhaul bill on Tuesday morning. Despite Trump’s full-court press, there was little evidence he changed many minds. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A White House in full-court press mode deployed President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to call out and fire up Republican members about the party’s health care overhaul bill, but there was scant evidence it worked.

Trump made a rare morning trek to the Capitol’s basement in his quest for the 216 Republican votes, where he addressed the GOP House caucus with his signature brashness: Members present said he called out reluctant members, including Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, by name. A few hours later, Pence tried to keep skeptical GOP senators in the loop about what kind of bill they might soon receive.

The Return of Nevada’s Sharron Angle
Three-time failed candidate makes fourth bid for federal office in Silver State

Sharron Angle, Nevada’s 2010 GOP Senate nominee, is back for her fourth attempt at federal office. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call)

Almost a year to the day she announced her last bid for federal office, Nevada Republican Sharron Angle on Tuesday announced a primary challenge to GOP Rep. Mark Amodei in the 2nd District. 

The 2010 Senate nominee ran for Senate again last year, losing to former Rep. Joe Heck in the GOP primary, 65 to 23 percent. The tea party favorite previously ran for the 2nd District when it was held by now Sen. Dean Heller

Looking for Clues From a 2005 Special Election in Ohio
Instead of comparing Democratic enthusiasm to tea party, go further back in time

Democrat Paul Hackett narrowly lost a special election in a heavily Republican district in Ohio in 2005. (Mike Simons/Getty Images file photo)

Are Democrats in the early stages of their own tea party movement? It’s one of the biggest outstanding questions at this point in the cycle. But as we collectively look at the past for prologue, I don’t understand why our memories only go back eight years.

There was a time, not too long ago, when Democrats were out of the White House and in the minority in both chambers of Congress, and a demoralizing presidential election loss helped jump-start a movement back to the majority.

Should This Georgia Candidate Be in the Barn Jacket Hall of Fame?
Republican unleashes outerwear, zoo animals, and sexist undertones in first ad

Former Georgia state Sen. Dan Moody is one of 11 Republicans running in the 6th District special election. (Screenshot)

Did one candidate unleash the most potent campaign weapon of all time?

Former state Sen. Dan Moody is one of 11 Republicans running in the special election in Georgia’s 6th District to replace former GOP Rep. Tom Price, now the Health & Human Services secretary. Moody’s first television ad attempted to break through the clutter with a combination of live donkeys and elephants, with the candidate cleaning up manure behind them.

Lipinski Faces Possible Primary Challenge
Potential challenger says incumbent is ‘out of touch’ with district’s values

Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., is facing a potential primary challenge next election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Illinois Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski is facing a potential primary challenge from the left in next year’s election.

Marie Newman, a marketing consultant from La Grange, told Crain’s Chicago that she formed an exploratory committee to look into running in the 3rd Congressional District against Lipinski.

The Not-So-Special Elections
Of 5 upcoming contests, only Georgia race presents chance of a partisan flip

Karen Handel is hoping to succeed Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th District, but first, she faces an April 18 jungle primary with 17 other candidates. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Money is pouring into the suburbs north of Atlanta, the site of the first competitive congressional election of Donald Trump’s presidency.

Georgia’s 6th District, left vacant by the confirmation of Tom Price as Health and Human Services Secretary, is one of five special elections taking place across the country this spring, but the only one which offers much of a chance of a partisan flip.

Orrin Hatch Leaning Toward Running for Eighth Term
Utah Republican previously said current term would be his last

Utah Sen. Orrin G. Hatch says President Donald Trump has leaned on him to run for re-election. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch said Thursday he’s continuing to edge toward seeking an eighth Senate term in 2018.

Hatch had earlier told CNN, “I’m planning on [running] right now.” The octogenarian is the longest serving Republican senator and had previously said his seventh term would be his last. 

Some Republican Governors Oppose GOP Health Care Plan
‘They came out with their own bill, which doesn’t include anything that the governors have talked about’

Gov. Brian Sandoval, R-Nev., criticized the House Republican health care proposal for not including items suggested by governors. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican governors are voicing their concerns about congressional Republicans’ proposed replacement for the 2010 health care law signed by former President Barack Obama.

One of their main criticisms of the law is it would force lower income people off insurance rolls or stick states with the costs of their coverage, The Associated Press reported.

What’s in a Name? ‘Obamacare’ vs. ‘Trumpcare’ vs. ‘Ryancare’
Politics defines health care plan labeling

Democrats and Republicans tested out their own nomenclature for the GOP’s health care plan on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Hours after House Republicans released their health care plan, GOP and Democratic critics were coming up with their own nicknames for the repeal and replace bill, each of which is riddled with not-so-subtle political messages ahead of next year’s midterm elections.

On the Senate floor Tuesday morning, Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer called the plan “Trumpcare.”