House and Senate primaries

Rosendale Releases His First TV Ad in Montana Senate Primary
GOP candidate takes a page from Tester, showcases flattop haircut

Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale is launching his first ad in the GOP Senate primary Friday. (Screenshot)

Montana State Auditor Matt Rosendale’s first TV ad in the GOP Senate primary is airing Friday.

The ad features Rosendale’s wife giving him a haircut in their kitchen. The message? He’s cheap.

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EMILY’s List Looks to Boost California Candidates
The group endorsed 6 women candidates in California

Protesters hold signs along Independence Avenue in Washington during the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21, 2017, one day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

EMILY’s List is looking to bolster its candidates in California as the crowded primaries threaten Democratic chances in key pickup opportunities.

The group’s independent expenditure arm, Women Vote!, announced Thursday that it was launching a new initiative to educate voters about former Riverbank mayor Virginia Madueño, who is running in the 10th District in the Central Valley. The program is similar to one launched for Sara Jacobs last month, who is running in the 49th District in southern California.

GOP Rep. Brian Mast Gets Pro-Gun Primary Challenger
Florida congressman flipped on firearms after Parkland shooting, defying GOP and gun lobby

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., got a pro-gun primary challenger Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Brian Mast will face off against a pro-gun primary challenger in November, just months after the first-term congressman flipped to support a host of gun control measures after the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Physician Mark Freeman is re-upping his 2016 campaign this November with a pledge to “defend the Second Amendment” and be an “unwavering partner” to President Donald Trump, he said Wednesday in a press release to the Broward County Sun-Sentinel.

Lamborn Turns to Federal Court to Get Back on Ballot
Comes after Colorado Supreme Court ruled that he didn’t qualify

Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., is appealing to keep his name on the ballot. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn is heading to federal court to get his name back on the ballot for the Republican primary after the Colorado Supreme Court knocked it off.

Colorado’s Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Lamborn was not eligible for the ballot.

Special, Special, Special Elections
Gearing up for the midterms amid one special election after another

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Could a Blue Wave Sweep Away More GOP Women?
It’s not just members like Barbara Comstock who could be in trouble

Democrats are targeting some Republicans, like Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski, even in Solid Republican races. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

WARSAW, Ind. — Jackie Walorski made the rounds at the Kosciusko County fish fry earlier this month like a political pro.

She took the time to sit down with veterans enjoying their fish, and she seemed to hug or clasp hands with everyone she encountered at this biannual Republican fundraiser.

Republican Main Street Partnership Backs 10 Recruits
Endorsement comes with PAC check

Republican Main Street Partnership is backing Dino Rossi, a Republican candidate for Washington’s 8th congressional district. (D.A. Banks/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Republican PAC that supports lawmakers from the “governing wing of the GOP” is making its first non-incumbent endorsements of the cycle.

Republican Main Street Partnership is backing 10 recruits this week, all of whom have received the maximum primary contribution from the PAC. The PAC is also supporting its 75 House members.

Texas Governor Wants Blake Farenthold to Pay for Special Election
GOP lawmaker resigned earlier this month over sexual misconduct and hostile workplace allegations

Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, resigned from Congress in April amid an Ethics Committee investigation into him and his office for a hostile work environment and sexual misconduct. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is asking former Rep. Blake Farenthold to pay for the June 30 special election to fill the seat the congressman vacated when he resigned earlier this month.

Abbott wrote a letter to Farenthold Wednesday to “demand” that he “cover all costs” for the June 30 special election in Texas’ 27th District.

Special Election For Farenthold’s Seat Set For June 30
If necessary, runoff would likely be in September

The special election to replace former Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold is set for June 30. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has called a June 30 special election to fill former Rep. Blake Farenthold’s seat.

The filing deadline for candidates is Friday at 5 p.m. local time. Registered voters in Texas’ 27th District can cast their ballots during the early voting period from June 13 through June 26.