Dan Donovan

Democrats Keep Raking In the Cash After Costly Primaries
Challengers in key races have on average twice as much money in the bank

California Democrat Katie Porter reported a significant boost in her cash on hand since the pre-primary reporting period in her race against GOP Rep. Mimi Walters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The surge in Democratic candidates running for the House raised a critical question at the start of the cycle: Would crowded and costly primaries weaken the eventual nominees by draining their campaign cash? So far the answer appears to be “no.”

On average, Democrats in competitive races who faced expensive primaries have more than doubled their cash on hand from shortly before their primary elections to the end of the most recent fundraising quarter, campaign finance reports show. 

At the Races: Checkmate for the King of Queens
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Nathan’s 10 One-Liners After Tuesday: Winter Has Come for Democrats
What’s running through my head the night of a stunning New York upset

New York Rep. Joseph Crowley’s defeat Tuesday shows Democrats are not immune to anti-establishment sentiment that Republicans have faced for years, Gonzales writes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

There’s plenty to digest from Tuesday’s primaries in New York, Maryland, Utah and beyond, but here are a few initial thoughts encapsulated in some run-on sentences.

North Carolina Rep. Robert Pittenger’s primary loss last month wasn’t a surprise (considering his narrow win in 2016), and his fellow GOP Rep. Mark Sanford’s primary loss in South Carolina two weeks ago wasn’t stunning (considering his personal issues and reputation for opposing President Donald Trump).

Democrats Pick Challengers in Targeted New York Races
All nine New York Republicans are on DCCC’s target list this year

Democratic state Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi will face GOP Rep. Claudia Tenney in the 22nd District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats are targeting all nine New York Republicans in their effort to win back the House, and the general election matchups took shape Tuesday night.

Some competitive races were already set, including in the 22nd District in central New York. Republican incumbent Claudia Tenney and Democratic state Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi were unopposed in their respective primaries.

Dan Donovan Fends Off Michael Grimm in New York GOP Primary
Win eases Republican fears of losing Staten Island-based seat

Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., easily won his Republican primary Tuesday night in the 11th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

New York Rep. Dan Donovan fended off a Republican primary challenge Tuesday in the 11th District from convicted felon and former Rep. Michael G. Grimm, likely easing GOP fears of losing the Staten Island-based seat in November. 

With 95 percent of precincts reporting, Donovan led Grimm, 64 percent to 36 percent, when The Associated Press called the race.

What to Watch in Tuesday’s Primaries
Five states hold primaries, and two host primary runoffs

New York Rep. Dan Donovan is facing a GOP primary challenge from his predecessor, Rep. Michael G. Grimm, in the 11th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Incumbents will be on defense and challengers in key House races will face their first tests in Tuesday’s primaries, as voters in seven states head to the polls. 

Five states are holding their regularly scheduled primaries, while Republicans in Mississippi and South Carolina will weigh in on House primary runoffs. Tuesday will also determine whether 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former Rep. Michael G. Grimm, a convicted felon, can jump-start their political comebacks. 

At the Races: The Fight for the Forgotten Borough
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Welcome to At the Races! You can keep track of House and Senate races with this weekly newsletter by subscribing here. We want to hear what you think. Email us at attheraces@cqrollcall.com with your questions, tips or candidate sightings. —Simone Pathé and Bridget Bowman

An Ex-Con Looks for a Comeback in New York’s 11th District
But first, Michael Grimm needs to defeat Rep. Dan Donovan in the GOP primary

Former Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., is challenging Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., for his old seat in New York’s 11th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

It’s been 90 years since someone with a criminal conviction was elected to the House. But one felon could jump-start his congressional comeback if he wins a Republican primary next week.

GOP voters in New York’s 11th District head to the polls Tuesday to choose between Rep. Dan Donovan and former Rep. Michael G. Grimm, who resigned his seat in early 2015 and served seven months in prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion.

Grimm and Donovan Go Nasty at Second Debate
Donovan hits Grimm for criminal record; Grimm hits Donovan for office dorm

Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., and former Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., clashed in their second primary debate. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Dan Donovan and former Rep. Michael Grimm’s second debate led to intense attacks and barbs not dissimilar from their first debate.

Grimm is challenging Donovan in the Republican primary to win back the seat for New York’s 11th District.

Pro-Trump Super PAC Jumps Into Primary to Back Dan Donovan
America First Action is spending on direct mail and digital campaign

Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., is facing a primary challenge from former GOP Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A super PAC aligned with President Donald Trump is coming to the defense of New York Rep. Dan Donovan, who is facing a Republican primary threat from his predecessor, former Rep. Michael G. Grimm

America First Action will spend $166,000 on direct mail, phone banking, and a digital campaign to support Donovan in the Staten Island-based 11th District, according to figures from the group.