Democratic Primary

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Think Kirsten Gillibrand has no chance? She’s heard that before — and won anyway
New York Democrat touts 2006 win in GOP-leaning House district as proof she can win tough races

Former President Bill Clinton campaigns with then-challenger Kirsten Gillibrand in October 2006 in Albany, N.Y. Gillibrand cites the victory in upstate New York to argue she could appeal to Republican and independent voters if she wins the Democratic presidential nomination.  (AP/Jim McKnight file photo)

At Kirsten Gillibrand’s Fox News town hall Sunday night, she was asked how she would win over voters who supported Barack Obama and then voted for Donald Trump. She had a simple answer: “Campaigning everywhere.”

For the New York senator struggling to break through a crowded field of 23 Democratic presidential hopefuls, “campaigning everywhere” means traveling to Iowa, South Carolina, New Hampshire and Georgia.

Henry Cuellar says liberals targeting him don’t understand his district
Texas congressman says his polling shows his Democratic constituents are moderates

Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, is among the more conservative Democrats in the House. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar said Friday that the liberal Democrats recruiting primary challengers against him are in for a rude awakening. 

The Washington Post first reported that Justice Democrats, a group targeting sitting Democratic lawmakers, launched a fund to support a primary challenge against Cuellar, one of the more conservative House Democrats.

How Left Is Too Left? Kansas Democrats Duke It Out in Must-Win District
Kevin Yoder’s seat is a Democratic target this year

Lawyer Brent Welder, center, rallies with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Kansas City on Friday. (Courtesy Brent Welder for Congress)

Kansas’ 3rd District was recently thrust into the national spotlight as the latest battleground for the soul of the Democratic Party. While local Democrats are divided over the best strategy for the general election, they agree on one thing: It’s a district they have to win to take back the House.

“This is a good example of very ripe territory for Democrats,” said one Democratic operative involved in the race. “And if Democrats are not winning here in November, that’s a very bad sign.”

Louise Slaughter’s Legacy Looms Large in New York Primary
Democrat Joe Morelle is the presumptive favorite for the open upstate seat

Democrats in New York’s 25th District will pick their nominee Tuesday to succeed the late Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, center. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

For the first time in three decades, voters in a small corner of upstate New York are about to choose someone new to send to Congress.

The 25th District, which includes Rochester and its suburbs, had appeared set to re-elect Democrat Louise M. Slaughter to her 17th consecutive term in November, until the iconic congresswoman’s unexpected death in March.

McCaskill Gets Primary Challenger
Former Obamacare marketplace worker running to Missouri Democrat’s left

Missouri Senate candidate Angelica Earl says Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill is too conservative on issues such as health care. (

A former health care marketplace worker is challenging Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill for the Democratic nomination in 2018, calling the incumbent “too conservative.”

Angelica Earl, a political novice, said she rejects McCaskill’s push for a bipartisan solution to health care. The 31-year-old from St. Louis County said she supports “single-payer health care for all,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Virginia Likely Gains Second Black Congressman
Donald McEachin wins nomination in new Safe Democratic seat

Virginia state Sen. Donald McEachin, seen here with Hillary Clinton, easily won his 4th District Democratic primary Tuesday. (Courtesy A. Donald McEachin Facebook page)

State Sen. Donald McEachin easily won the Democratic nomination in Virginia's 4th District Tuesday night.   

He carried 74 percent of the vote with 72 percent of precincts reporting.   

Now What Does Bernie Do?
Despite California setback, Sanders promises to go on to the convention

Supporters make clear who they're following as Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during his election day rally in Santa Monica, California, on Tuesday. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Sen. Bernie Sanders will meet with President Barack Obama and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday amid more calls for him to end his campaign and help unite the Democratic Party.  

After a disappointing showing in Tuesday's primaries, Sanders showed no signs of changing course in his campaign. He said he planned to continue through the last primary next week in Washington, D.C. after which he would "take the fight for social, economic and racial justice to Philadelphia," where Democrats hold their nominating convention in July.