MI-08

Former Defense Official Taking on Michigan’s Mike Bishop
Elissa Slotkin is former acting assistant secretary of Defense

Elissa Slotkin worked in defense and intelligence in the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations. (CrowdPAC.com)

Former Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense Elissa Slotkin announced a challenge to Michigan GOP Rep. Mike Bishop in the 8th District Monday.

Slotkin left government service and moved back to her family’s farm in Holly this spring, where she now runs her own consulting firm. 

Democrats Land New Candidate to take on Michigan's Mike Bishop
29-year-old Suzanna Shkreli has never run for office before

Rep. Mike Bishop has a new Democratic challenger in Michigan's 8th District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats have recruited a new candidate to take on Michigan Republican Rep. Mike Bishop in November.  

Suzanna Shkreli, a Macomb County assistant prosecutor, announced her campaign Wednesday for the state's 8th District.  

The Seats Democrats Must Win to Retake House
Minority party must gain 30 seats in November; little to no room for error

Democrats are focusing on more suburban districts, where they believe changing demographics are moving seats into the Democratic column, in their effort to regain the majority in the House. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As Democratic chances of taking back the House improve with the success of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, party strategists are trying to figure out exactly how and where it’s going to happen. It’s not too difficult to see Democrats gaining 10, or even 20, seats in November, but gaining the 30 required for a majority is more difficult and will require Democrats winning a large swath of seats where Republicans are currently heavy favorites.  

Winning the House majority is more than focusing on the presidential margin and allotting House seats to Democrats because of the strength of some GOP incumbents. For example, Democrats are not going to defeat Republican Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo this year, even though President Barack Obama won New Jersey’s 2nd with 54 percent, or win New Jersey’s 3rd (which Obama won with 52 percent), where wealthy GOP Rep. Tom MacArthur could easily outspend any challenger.  

House Majority PAC Scales Up TV Ad Buys for Fall
The Democratic group is purchasing time early in competitive districts

House Majority PAC has reserved airtime in the Washington media market, which covers Virginia's 10th District, where Democrat LuAnn Bennett, above, is challenging GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The House Majority PAC, an outside group that supports Democrats running for the House, announced on Thursday five additional television reservations for the final weeks of the campaign, bringing its total reservations to more than $12.2 million so far.  

"We will keep making wise investments that maximize the impact of our dollars and maximize the opportunities Democrats have to win in 2016,” House Majority PAC Executive Director Ali Lapp said in a statement.