At the Races

Sanders Campaign: Party Lost 5 Percent of Iowa Vote

The Iowa Democratic Party has informed the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernard Sanders that it has no results for 90 precincts across the state, which could account for as much as 5 percent of the total vote. What’s more, the party has asked the campaigns for help in getting a tally for those missing results.

“We are, right now, calling all our precinct captains on precincts where we have knowledge of what’s missing, to report what we think happened there,” a visibly irate Robert Becker, Sanders’ state director told Roll Call after Sanders’ speech at the Holiday Inn near the Des Moines airport.

Maggie Hassan Will Run for Senate in New Hampshire

Gov. Maggie Hassan announced Monday she is challenging GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte for Senate in the Granite State, rather than seek a third term as governor. It's a move Democrats say gives the party its best shot at picking up a seat that will prove critical to Senate control.

Reid Defends McCain, Slams Trump

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid again found himself hammering Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at his weekly news conference Tuesday, after Trump released the cellphone number of 2016 contender Sen. Lindsey Graham earlier in the day.

Reid did not directly address whether the move was “befitting” of a presidential candidate, but he defended Sen. John McCain after Trump said Saturday the Arizona Republican was not a war hero.

Sanders Pushes Limits on Senate Ethics Rules

Although Senate ethics rules prohibit campaigning in the Capitol, the 2016 presidential candidate spent much of his five-plus minutes in front of reporters highlighting the differences between himself and fellow Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, who visited with lawmakers on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

“I’m not campaigning here,” Sanders said, when asked about the chamber’s ethics rules. “You’re asking me questions about it."

Reid Defers on Endorsing Clinton

Shortly after praising Hillary Rodham Clinton, who visited Senate Democrats during their weekly luncheon Tuesday, Minority Leader Harry Reid stopped short of endorsing the 2016 presidential candidate at his weekly news conference.

Boehner: 'I Disagree' With Trump's Immigration Comments

Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday he “disagreed” with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent comments on illegal immigrants, before pivoting broadly to re-emphasizing the need to enforce current immigration laws.

Joe Heck to Run for Nevada Senate

Rep Joe Heck announced Monday he’ll run for Senate in Nevada, giving Republicans a top pick in a crucial contest that could determine Senate control.

“I see a Nevada of unlimited opportunity, a place with better jobs, higher wages and the chance to rise as far as the path will take us,” the GOP lawmaker said in a video announcing his Senate run. “And that’s why I’m running for the United States Senate.”

Reid: Unimportant Who Faces Cortez-Masto in Nevada Senate Race
"It doesn't matter who runs against her, she's going to be just fine."

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid fielded questions about the open Nevada Senate race Tuesday, following an announcement earlier in the day that Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval would not run for the seat being vacated by Reid.

“We have a winner in Catherine Cortez-Masto,” Reid said. “She’s a wonderful, longtime Nevadan — in fact, lifetime Nevadan — and it doesn’t matter who runs against her, she’s going to be just fine.”