Maggie Hassan

House and Senate Preview: New Faces and a Lame Duck

How Republicans Held the Senate
GOP prepared diligently for Trump, but he turned out to be a much different candidate than expected

Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, left, was re-elected to a second Senate term, defeating Democrat Katie McGinty. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican and Democratic strategists alike felt the shock set in when they saw the Dane County returns in Wisconsin, the early vote tallies in rural Florida, and the struggles of a Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Indiana who was supposed to run well ahead of the party’s candidate for Senate, Evan Bayh.

The unthinkable was happening: Donald Trump was going to win the presidential race. And with it, he was smashing a year’s worth of strategy in a dozen competitive Senate races.  

Ayotte Concedes New Hampshire Senate Race
Democrat Maggie Hassan beat the incumbent by a fraction of a percent

Gov. Maggie Hassan has declared victory in the New Hampshire Senate race though her opponent, incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte, is not conceding. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan is set to become the next senator from New Hampshire, as Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly Ayotte conceded the race Wednesday. 

Hassan led Ayotte 48 percent to 47.9 percent with 100 percent of precincts reporting, a difference of 716 votes, according to The Associated Press, which has not yet called the race. 

Democratic Super PAC Invests in Senate Races
Group had initially focused on backing Hillary Clinton

Former state Rep. Deborah Ross, right, is running against Sen. Richard M. Burr in a surprisingly tight race in North Carolina. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic super PAC Priorities USA Action is planning to put some of its money into tight Senate races across the country. 

The group had been initially focused on supporting Hillary Clinton, primarily. But now the super PAC is planning on spending in races in North Carolina, Nevada, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, CNN reported.

The Senate: How the Challengers Rank
A new No. 1 rises thanks to his unexpected strength in a Republican state

Democrats are counting on Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander to win his Senate race against Sen. Roy Blunt. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

How bad can it get for the GOP?

That’s the question party strategists are asking themselves this week after the revelation last Friday of a video in which Donald Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women. Already, former Trump supporters like Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Rob Portman of Ohio, and Rep. Joe Heck of Nevada have decided to no longer back their own party’s presidential nominee. Other Republicans may not be far behind. 

Ayotte Dumps Trump
New Hampshire senator says she will write in Mike Pence for president

Sen Kelly Ayotte had previously struggled with her support for Donald Trump. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte said Saturday that she will not vote for her party's presidential nominee Donald Trump, in light of derogatory comments he made about assaulting women. 

Trump described his sexual advances — in graphic detail — in a video from 2005 obtained by The Washington Post.

Are Senate Republicans Over-Performing Trump?
Kelly Ayotte, Marco Rubio lead the way among GOP senators

Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte is over-performing her party's presidential nominee Donald Trump by almost 9 points in New Hampshire. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republicans have always believed that to hold their Senate majority they needed to run ahead of Donald Trump.

Some of their candidates are having more success than others.

In TV Ads, Senate Democrats Avoid Trump
Party strategists say their campaigns run deeper than the GOP nominee

North Carolina's Deborah Ross, center, has not yet linked her opponent Sen. Richard M. Burr to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in TV advertising in their Senate race. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats have run TV ads accusing North Carolina Sen. Richard M. Burr of profiting from his office, undermining Medicare, and exacerbating congressional gridlock.  

And yet, a month before Election Day, the party’s candidates and their allies have conspicuously and surprisingly avoided one subject altogether in their on-air barrage: Donald Trump.

Democratic Groups Tie Ayotte to Trump on Abortion
New ad hits Republicans for voting to defund Planned Parenthood

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., speaks during a "barn hall" in Kingston, N.H., Sept. 9, 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Two Democratic super PACs that advocate for women's reproductive rights are going on the air in New Hampshire Monday with a $1.7 million ad buy tying endangered Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte to her party's presidential nominee, Donald Trump. 

The TV ad, shared first with Roll Call, is a joint effort from Planned Parenthood Votes and EMILY's List's Women Vote. It will will air in the Boston media market through Sept. 20. The buy also includes digital ads from Planned Parenthood Votes.