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Newest Blue Dog Sides with GOP on Repeal of Midnight Rules
Democrat Josh Gottheimer campaigned as a fiscal conservative

New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer was one of only four Democrats to vote for legislation allowing for the repeal of recent regulations finalized by the Obama administration. (Courtesy Josh Gottheimer Facebook page)

The three Blue Dog Democrats who voted for the Republican-backed Midnight Rules Relief Act last November had some new company Wednesday night, when the House again passed California Rep. Darrell Issa’s reintroduced legislation.

The House voted 238-184 to allow Congress to repeal en bloc multiple regulations approved in the last 60 legislative days of President Barack Obama’s administration. 

What Happened to Scott Garrett?
Rep.-elect Gottheimer says outgoing N.J. congressman won’t talk transition

New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett hasn't been seen much around the Capitol since his loss. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New Jersey Rep.-elect Josh Gottheimer says Rep. Scott Garrett, whom he defeated last month, is refusing to speak about the transition.

Gottheimer told The Record of Bergen County that he’s reached out to Garrett, but he hasn’t heard a word. Garrett’s staff also moved out of his office space.

Republican Scott Garrett Defeated in New Jersey’s 5th District
Democrat Josh Gottheimer unseats the longtime incumbent

Republican Rep. Scott Garrett of New Jersey has lost re-election to Democratic challenger Josh Gottheimer. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrat Josh Gottheimer will defeat Republican Scott Garrett in New Jersey’s 5th District, The Associated Press projects. 

Gottheimer led Garrett, 51 percent to 47 percent, with 97 percent of precincts reporting.

Don't Blame Trump for These Imperiled Republicans
Some down-ballot Republicans are in tough spots because of faults of their own

Democrats have seized on comments New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett made about his opposition to gay candidates. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Not all down-ballot Republicans can blame Trump for making their elections in typically red districts competitive. A few of them have themselves to blame.

Chief among them is New Jersey’s Scott Garrett. His 5th District seat wouldn’t normally be a top Democratic target, but Democrats have spent millions trying to unseat the seven-term Republican this year. They’re going after his 2015 comments about not paying his dues to the National Republican Congressional Committee to protest the committee’s support for gay candidates. 

Ratings Change: 7 House Races Shift Toward Democrats
But one change toward Republicans isn’t particularly good news for majority chances

California Rep. Jeff Denham faces a competitive re-election fight with less than two weeks before Nov. 8. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When nearly 90 percent of the batch of House ratings changes are in your favor, it’s normally great news. But with a limited House playing field, Democrats need to win virtually all of the competitive seats, and some initial takeover targets look like they are slipping out of reach.

In the most recent set of ratings changes by The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call, seven races shift toward the Democrats. Takeover prospects improved in a couple of California districts (the 10th and 49th), a couple of districts with weakened GOP incumbents (Florida’s 7th and New Jersey’s 5th), and two suburban districts (Kansas’ 3rd and Pennsylvania’s 8th).

Garrett Challenger Breaks Fundraising Record
Josh Gottheimer raised more money than any House candidate in New Jersey

New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett became a target of Democrats after he said he wouldn't pay dues to the NRCC because it supported openly gay candidates. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. Scott Garrett's Democratic challenger broke a fundraising record for House candidates from New Jersey.

Josh Gottheimer, a former Microsoft executive and White House speechwriter, raised $1.1 million in the most recent fundraising quarter, which ended Sept. 30, bringing his total amount of money raised to $4 million.

Democratic Poll: Gottheimer Leads Garrett in New Jersey
House Majority PAC has invested nearly $1.5M to oust GOP congressman

New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett, left, has been a top target of the House Majority PAC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats are making New Jersey's 5th District a top target this year, and new polling from the House Majority PAC suggests that the group's investment in the district's expensive media market may be paying off. 

Democrat Josh Gottheimer led seven-term Republican Rep. Scott Garrett 48 percent to 41 percent in the poll released Tuesday by the Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group. 

Ratings Changes in 12 Competitive House Races
6 races shift toward Democrats but 6 improve for Republicans

Iowa Rep. David Young's' re-election contest in the state's 3rd District moves from Tossup to Tilts Republican, according to The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call's latest race rating. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With five weeks to go before Election Day, Democrats are still waiting for Donald Trump to create the nationwide swell that would be necessary to put the Republicans’ House majority into play. House races are often late to engage but, thus far, the developments have been a mixed bag for Democrats, keeping sizable gains out of reach.

The lack of vulnerable Democrats — and the resiliency of many Republican incumbents in the face of an unpopular presidential nominee — could amount to a historic election in the House, but not in the way one might think. The cycle could produce the fewest number of House seats to flip party control in 60 years.

Democrats Target New Jersey Republican for Stance on Gay Candidates
House Majority PAC airs first general election ad of the year

House Majority PAC is making New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett the target of its first general election TV ad. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats hope that the words of one New Jersey Republican — contrary to his own party's support for gay candidates — will come back to hurt him in the general election.  

House Majority PAC, a super PAC that works to elect Democrats to the House, goes on cable this week in New Jersey's 5th District with an approximately $80,000 ad buy attacking incumbent GOP Rep. Scott Garrett.