North Carolina Senate Race

Burr Apologizes for ‘Bull’s-Eye’ Remark About Clinton
Said previously he was surprised Clinton’s face on a magazine didn’t have a bull’s-eye

North Carolina Sen. Richard M. Burr was criticized by his Democratic opponent Deborah Ross for the remark. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Richard M. Burr apologized Monday for comments he made over the weekend alluding to a bull’s-eye on Hillary Clinton’s face.

The North Carolina Republican, who is facing a tough re-election race against Democrat Deborah Ross, made the remark when speaking in Mooresville, North Carolina, noting that he had seen a rifle magazine with Clinton’s face on the cover.

Poll: GOP All but Certain to Hold Georgia, Iowa Senate Seats
Race in North Carolina between Burr and Ross remains tight

Iowa Sen. Charles E. Grassley, right, and Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson appear to be coasting in their respective Senate re-election races. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows the Senate races in Georgia and Iowa all but decided, while the North Carolina contest remains tight.

A survey of early voting in Georgia showed challenger Jim Barksdale ahead of incumbent Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson by 1 point among voters who cast early ballots. But Isakson held a commanding 54 percent to 40 percent lead among all likely voters. 

Obama Blasts Issa, Heck Campaigning for Down-Ballot Democrats
Democrats shifting from presidential race to control of Congress

Vice President Joe Biden will campaign in a key Senate race this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Barack Obama continued a Democratic full-court press on down-ballot Republicans, campaigning and cutting ads in key Senate and House races.

Holding a solid lead over Republican Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has also turned her attention to those races, too. She will likely give some aid to North Carolina Senate challenger Deborah Ross when she campaigns in Winston-Salem with Michelle Obama on Thursday.

Ross Launches First Ad Tying Burr to Trump in North Carolina
Democrats see the attack as undercutting GOP hits on Ross

In a TV ad that began airing Thursday night, Democrat Deborah Ross, center, tries to tie Republican Sen. Richard M. Burr to Donald Trump for the first time in the North Carolina Senate race. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On the first day of early voting in North Carolina, the Senate race got a little more crowded. For the first time, Democrat Deborah Ross launched a TV ad that tied incumbent Republican Sen. Richard M. Burr to Donald Trump.

Facing a barrage of attacks over her past criticism of a sex offender registry, Ross is trying to use the Republican presidential nominee to undercut the GOP’s main attack against her. 

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.

Ep. 25: How Republicans Can Lose the Senate
The Week Ahead

Get an insider’s take on the cliffhanger battles in the six states that will determine control of the Senate with Roll Call’s Nathan Gonzales and representatives from two of the largest Republican and Democratic Super PACs. Ian Prior from Senate Leadership Fund and Shripal Shah from Senate Majority PAC take us behind-the-scenes in the Super PAC world and discuss their ad strategy.

Cruz Fundraising for Senate Republicans
Comes despite antagonizing many of his colleagues

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is raising cash for some fellow Republicans who have criticized him in the past. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file)

Many Senate Republicans don't have nice things to say about Texas Sen. Ted Cruz but he is about to help some of them raise money for their campaigns.

Cruz antagonized many of his Senate colleagues by helping to force a government shutdown in 2013. He angered others in July when he refused to endorse GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump after earlier pledging to do so during the Republican primaries.

Democrats No Longer Divided Over Social Security
Expansion, not cuts, has been the theme in Washington and on campaign trail

More Democrats are coming around to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's thinking on Social Security. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

While there was a split among moderate and liberal Democrats on Social Security, expanding the program rather than cutting it is becoming the party line on the Hill and on the campaign trail.

On Friday, Democratic Reps. Linda T. Sánchez, Mark Pocan, and Michael M. Honda announced legislation to expand Social Security.

Poll: Independents Bolster Incumbent Republican Senators in Battleground States
Quinnipiac battleground poll shows Burr, Rubio, Portman with modest leads, Toomey in tossup

Democrat Katie McGinty held a 1-point lead over incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, which is down two points since a similar poll a month ago. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican Senate incumbents in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio have small leads in their races, a new poll shows, while the race in Pennsylvania remains a tossup.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Friday shows Florida Sen. Marco Rubio leading Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy by 7 points. Rubio also beats Murphy among independent voters by 16 points.

Poll: Burr Holds Slight Edge Over Challenger in North Carolina
Trump leads Clinton by 2 points in presidential contest

North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr has $6.9 million cash on hand compared to challenger Deborah Ross' $1.9 million. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A new poll shows Republican Sen. Richard M. Burr holding a slight lead in the race for his North Carolina seat.

The poll from Emerson College found Burr leading his Democratic opponent, former state Rep. Deborah Ross, by 4 points, 45 percent to 41 percent. The poll sampled 800 likely voters and had a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.