NRCC Ad Mocks 'Zany Professor' Teachout in Tossup House Race
Ties Democratic candidate to 'socialist' Bernie Sanders

The National Republican Congressional Committee 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's is shown from the back or 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 cut an ad supportive of Ayotte and has clashed with Donald Trump. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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

Senate Leadership Fund is putting $25 million into six key Senate races in an effort to counter Democrats focusing their firepower on down-ballot races, a spokesman told the Wall Street Journal.

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. 

Both presidential candidates targeted in tweets

Donald Trump advisers Boris Epshteyn, left, and Cliff Sims appear with campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on a Facebook Live stream on Monday. (Donald J. Trump on Facebook)

Amid speculation that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump plans to start a television network if he loses the election, the Twitterverse took to speculating on what wouldn’t make the cut on Trump TV.

The rumors intensified on Monday after Trump launched a newscast on Facebook Live, the social media platform’s live-streaming feature, USA Today reported.

Who's Bankrolling Murphy and Rubio in Florida?
Goldman Sachs backs Rubio while Murphy gets help from dad's company

Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy has received help for his Senate run from his father and his father’s company. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Florida’s Senate race is becoming one of the most expensive in the state’s history, with Sen. Marco Rubio raising about $20 million and his Democratic opponent Rep. Patrick Murphy raising about $11 million so far.

Those numbers are based off the most recent Federal Election Commission filings as of Sept. 30 but Murphy's campaign said in an email that it has raised more than $15 million.

Alaska GOP Files Complaint Against Libertarian Joe Miller
Miller is accused of using for-profit website in campaign

Joe Miller, who defeated Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the 2010 Republican primary before losing to her in the general election, is running on the Libertarian Party line this year. (John Moore/Getty Images file photo)

The Alaska Republican party claimed Monday that Libertarian candidate Joe Miller broke federal campaign finance laws by using his for-profit website as a part of his campaign.

In a news conference on Monday, Miller, who won the state's 2010 GOP Senate primary, said he has done nothing wrong, the Alaska Dispatch News reported. He said he is allowed to make unlimited personal contributions to his own campaign which is what he does through the website that he controls.

David Duke to Debate at Historically Black College
Former KKK grand wizard qualifies for Louisiana Senate debate at Dillard

White supremacist David Duke qualified for the Louisiana Senate debate by receiving more than 5 percent in a statewide poll. (

Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard and current Louisiana Senate candidate David Duke will participate in a debate at the historically black Dillard University in New Orleans.

Duke qualified by polling at 5.1 percent in a Mason-Dixon survey commissioned by the media company that will carry the debate. Candidates had to draw at least 5 percent to qualify for the Nov. 2 debate.

Do Real Voters Believe in ‘Checks and Balances?’
Interviews with suburban voters near Harrisburg paints a mixed picture

Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey poses with a military-style Jeep during a campaign event at the Herbert W. Best VFW Post 928 in Folsom, Pa., in September. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Sharon Sybrandt thinks Donald Trump is “fat,” ugly,” and a “whack job.” But her disgust with the Republican presidential nominee doesn’t mean she’ll vote against the GOP down ticket — to the relief of her home-state senator, Patrick J. Toomey.

“I will vote Republican for everyone else entirely to counteract Hillary,” said the 72-year-old former insurance regulator. The registered Republican and a resident of this well-to-do suburb of Harrisburg has a deep unease with Democrats — mainly because of their work on health care — and is worried what will happen if they once again control the White House and Congress.