Paul Ryan's Primary Opponent Now Challenging Him for Speaker
Paul Nehlen announces bid for speakership after 68-point primary loss

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan trounced his Republican primary foe in August. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Speaker Paul D. Ryantrounced his Republican primary opponent Paul Nehlen by a 68-point margin in August in Wisconsin's 1st District, but that defeat isn’t stopping Nehlen from challenging Ryan again. 

This time Nehlen is vying with Ryan for nothing less than the speaker’s gavel. The speaker of the House does not have to be a sitting member of Congress, though a nonmember has never been elected to that position. 

GOP Poll Gives Challenger Late Edge in Rare GOP Pickup Opportunity
Republican Don Bacon narrowly leads Nebraska Democrat Brad Ashford

Republican polling gives Nebraska's Don Bacon a late advantage in his challenge to Democratic Rep. Brad Ashford in the state's 2nd District. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican polling shows the party's chances improving in Nebraska's 2nd District, one of the GOP's three top opportunities to knock off a Democratic incumbent this year.

Retired Brig. Gen. Don Bacon led incumbent Democratic Rep. Brad Ashford 48 to 44 percent among registered voters in a North Star Opinion Research poll, shared first with Roll Call. The poll was conducted Oct. 22-24 for the Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC tied to House GOP leadership. The fund has invested $950,000 on TV and digital in the Omaha-based district. 

The Surprise Senate Race: How Missouri Became a Key Battleground
Jason Kander's success and Roy Blunt's struggles turned contest into one neither party is confident they'll win

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander's Army background and straight-talking style made him the perfect Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Sen. Roy Blunt in the Show-Me State, GOP operatives say. (Courtesy Kander for Missouri Facebook page)

Last year, long before even most Democrats thought he could win, Jason Kander explained why he deserved to unseat Republican Sen. Roy Blunt. His message, delivered in a succinct video announcing his campaign, was blunt and personal.

“We can’t change Washington if we don’t change the people we send there,” the Missouri Democrat said, looking directly into the camera.

Democrats Banking on Revenge Against Issa
Groups pouring in money, efforts to aid California Republican’s challenger

Sandra Fluke, shown here at EMILY's List 30th Anniversary Gala in Washington last year, hopes Doug Applegate can unseat California Republican Darrell Issa, who kept her from testifying before the House Oversight Committeein 2012. (Kris Connor/Getty Images file photo)

In 2012, Rep. Darrell Issa earned the scorn of many pro-abortion rights advocates when the California Republican excluded Sandra Fluke from a hearing about birth control coverage under the 2010 health care law.

Fluke, a law school student at the time, became a lightning rod. Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut.” Democrats rushed to her defense and gave her a speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Pennsylvania Senate Race Breaks Spending Record
Outside spending in the tossup race still flooding in

Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey's race for re-election against Democrat Katie McGinty could determine control of the Senate, but it's now also the most expensive Senate race ever. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo).

With a little less than two weeks before Election Day, the Pennsylvania Senate race has set a new spending record of $113 million by candidate committees and independent groups. 

Incumbent Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey is in a tight race against Democratic challenger Katie McGinty that could determine which party controls the Senate in the next Congress.

NRCC Ad Mocks ‘Zany Professor’ Teachout in Tossup House Race
GOP ties New York Democrat to ‘socialist’ Bernie Sanders

The National Republican Congressional Committee has launched a new ad in which it mocks Democratic House candidate Zephyr Teachout as “the zany professor.”

“Remember that professor who always pushed their liberal agenda?” the narrator asks as an actress with a hairstyle similar to Teachout is shown with a book obscuring her face.

Clinton Super PAC Steps Into Iowa House Race
In first House ad, Priorities USA ties Rod Blum to Donald Trump

The super PAC aligned with Hillary Clinton is entering a House race for the first time, targeting Iowa Rep. Rod Blum. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

For much of this year, Iowa 1st District Rep. Rod Blum was at the top of Roll Call’s list of the most vulnerable House incumbents. Until earlier this month, when he wasn’t

Now the super PAC aligned with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is setting its sights on the Republican freshman in its first foray into a House race, The Washington Post’s Paul Kane first reported Wednesday morning. 

Republican Senate Ads Turn Toward Countering President Clinton
Outside groups stress the need not to have ‘another Hillary’ in the Senate

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has clashed with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, recently cut an ad supportive of new Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As it appears increasingly likely that Hillary Clinton will be the next president, many conservative outside groups are stressing the importance of maintaining Republican control of the Senate as a check on her presidency.

The Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC allied with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is putting $25 million into six key Senate races in an effort to counter the Democrats focusing their firepower on down-ballot races, CNN reported

Wisconsin Senate Race Getting Nasty
Johnson calls Feingold a phony, Feingold says Johnson's getting desperate

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson said he didn’t respect his Democratic opponent, former Sen. Russ Feingold, because “I don’t respect phoniness.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The race between Republican Sen. Ron Johnson and Democratic former Sen. Russ Feingold in Wisconsin is becoming increasingly personal as the race comes to a close.

In a radio interview Tuesday, Johnson, who unseated Feingold in 2010, repeated his view that he did not respect Feingold.

Poll: Half of Florida Voters Think Rubio Planning 2020 Presidential Bid
But he has a solid 10-point lead over Democrat Rep. Patrick Murphy

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has a large lead over Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy in his race for re-election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Nearly half of likely Florida voters say incumbent Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's campaign is more about setting up another presidential bid in 2020 than serving the state, according to a new poll.

Rubio holds a 10-point lead over Democratic challenger Rep. Patrick Murphy, a Bloomberg poll released Wednesday found. The survey showed Rubio leading among almost all demographics, with Murphy only beating the incumbent in the Miami area and among nonwhite voters. The two are tied among likely Hispanic voters.

Ex-Rep. Schock Agrees to Fine for Illegal Fund Request
Illinois Republican asked Cantor for five times the limit

Former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock still faces federal charges over how he spent campaign funds while in Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Four years after illegally asking a Republican leader for $25,000, former Rep. Aaron Schock has agreed to pay a $10,000 civil penalty to the Federal Election Commission.

The settlement “was reached to avoid the delay and expense of litigation,” a spokesman for McGuireWoods, Schock’s law firm, told the Chicago Tribune.

‘Wal-Mart Moms’ Don't Know Much About Senate Candidates
Focus group participants familiar with presidential race, very little down-ballot

Nevada Rep. Joe Heck is among the candidates in Senate races that "Wal-Mart moms" know little about. But they revealed, in a focus group on Tuesday, that they know a lot about the presidential race. (Bill Clark/Roll Call file photo)

The Senate race in Nevada between Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto and Republican Rep. Joe Heck is one of the marquee battlegrounds of 2016 — a contest that could determine which party controls the legislative body next year.

And yet, with just two weeks before Election Day, a key bloc of voters doesn’t know much about the race, its candidates, or even whom they’ll vote for.

Former Sen. Bill Bradley Forms Anti-Trump Super PAC
Group launches ad that warns of Trump's finger on the nuclear trigger

Former New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley said Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's “temperament and absence of experience makes him a danger to all Americans.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Democratic Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey announced Tuesday the creation of an anti-Trump super PAC, the Fifty Second Street Fund.

The group is spending $725,000 in Ohio on an ad called “Careful,” reminiscent of Lyndon Johnson's famous “Daisy” ad from the 1964 presidential race against Barry Goldwater, with the aim of educating voters about what a nuclear war would mean.

This Swing-District Republican Is Sticking With Donald Trump
Danny Tarkanian is running for Nevada Rep. Joe Heck's open seat

Danny Tarkanian, Republican candidate for Nevada’’s third district, spins a basketball at the Tarkanian Basketball Academy in Las Vegas. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

LAS VEGAS — Most Republicans running for Congress in tossup seats might be distancing themselves from Donald Trump, but Danny Tarkanian is proving the exception.

A perennial candidate now seeking a House seat with a slight Democratic registration advantage, he’s dismissing the notion that the presidential contest is anything other than a binary choice.

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson Downplays Climate Change
Says ‘mankind has actually flourished in warmer temperatures’

While Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson said that people “obviously” affect the environment, he said he did not want to “shoot ourselves in the foot with policies.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson downplayed concerns about climate change saying in a Monday radio interview, saying, “Mankind has actually flourished in warmer temperatures.”

Speaking to WHBY in northeast Wisconsin, Johnson used the trend of people moving to warmer states as an example, The Associated Press reported.