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Owens, Mills Outraising Incumbents in Rematches

Love's Democratic challenger outraised her by $25,000. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In Utah's 'Safe Republican ' territory, where Democrat Doug Owens is again vying for the 4th District seat he lost by 5 points in 2014, he is one of the rare rematch candidates to have raised more than the incumbent.  

Freshman Republican Rep. Mia Love has been looking to solidify her hold  in a district Mitt Romney carried by 37 points in 2012. She brought in $325,000 in the final three months of 2015, and spent $302,000 of it, leaving her with $781,000 in the bank. But Owens raised $350,000, spending only $135,000, and has $500,000 in the bank.  

8 Senate Races to Watch as 4th Quarter Fundraising Ends

The fourth quarter will be Hassan's first to file as a Senate candidate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With the end of the year comes the end of another fundraising quarter. And while campaigns are not required to file their quarterly reports with the Federal Election Commission until Jan. 31, now begins a month of speculation about who will end the year on a high note and who will ring in 2016 needing to step up their cash game. New HampshireIn the battle for the Senate, all eyes will be on New Hampshire, where Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan will be filing her first quarterly report since entering the race to unseat GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte in October. In what’s expected to be one of the most competitive races in the country, Hassan’s haul will be closely scrutinized to see how she compares to Ayotte, who has more than $5 million in cash on hand. North Carolina:  This will also be the first fundraising quarter for former state Rep. Deborah Ross , one of the Democrats vying to take on GOP Sen. Richard Burr. Ross has emerged as Washington Democrats’ preferred candidate after several top recruits, including former Sen. Kay Hagan, passed on the race, but she hasn’t received any formal endorsements from the D.C. establishment. This quarter will go a long way toward clarifying how competitive Ross will be against No. 7 on Roll Call’s list of the 10 most vulnerable senators . Maryland Senate:  Until primary day, fundraising reports are one of the few metrics available to assess who’s pulling away in intraparty matchups.

We’ll be watching to see whether the $1 million that EMILY’s List invested in TV and radio spots on her behalf can help Edwards close the gap before the April 26 primary.

Parties Play Politics With FEC Complaints

FEC Commissioner Lee Goodman makes a statement as then-Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub, and then-Commissioner Ann Ravel listen. (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ethics problems can be serious trouble for any politician, but party strategists often use Federal Election Committee complaints to play games with the opposition, because the allegation has a slim chance of being ruled on before Election Day.  

“Everyone knows both sides file complaints to get press hits,” one campaign strategist said anonymously in order to speak candidly.  

In New Hampshire, Frank Guinta Soldiers On Amid Controversy

Guinta speaks during a business roundtable discussion on cyber security at Jenaly Technology in Portsmouth, N.H. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Embattled GOP Rep. Frank C. Guinta may be one of the most vulnerable congressional incumbents in the country, but you wouldn’t know it if you spent time with the Republican congressman in his district.  

Instead of hiding out, Guinta's had an active August recess, hosting town halls and visiting businesses in his southeastern New Hampshire-based 1st District as if the controversy swirling around him over campaign violations did not exist.  

Rand Paul Makes His Pitch, Brushes Off Indictments

Paul speaks to supporters at a "Pints for Liberty" event. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

RollCall-On-the-Road-Logo(150x150) COLUMBIA, S.C. — Sen. Rand Paul's target audience is unique among the presidential contenders. It skews younger and more libertarian.  

That may make the Kentucky Republican the ideal candidate to attend a "Pints for Liberty" event, as he did Friday, but Paul says he also thinks that appeal suits him for a long campaign slog. As Paul traveled to the first-in-the-South primary state Friday, his stump speech was well-honed and well-received at a sunset gathering on the lawn of the small Rat River Brewery.