March 6, 2015
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Van Hollen May Not Have Field to Himself

Van Hollen May Not Have Field to Himself
Van Hollen. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen announced Wednesday he will run for the seat of retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, moving swiftly as numerous other ambitious Democrats have their eye on the race.

How a Tea Party Favorite May Influence Mississippi Race

How a Tea Party Favorite May Influence Mississippi Race

Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel, the tea party firebrand who nearly ousted a Republican senator in a primary last year, has attempted to shape the state’s upcoming 1st District special election.

What the 'Big Ten' Tells Republicans They Need in 2016

We won’t know the 2016 Republican presidential nominee for more than a year, but we already know the 10 states — the electoral “Big Ten” — that will select the next occupant of the White House.

Joe Sestak Kicks Off Rematch With Pat Toomey

Joe Sestak Kicks Off Rematch With Pat Toomey

Former Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak formally launched his long-expected challenge to Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey Wednesday, setting up a possible rematch in one of Democrats’ best pick-up opportunities.

Democrats Have Early Favorite House Pickup Opportunity

In one of the party’s best pickup opportunities this cycle, Democrats have zeroed in on second-time candidate Monica Vernon to win Iowa’s 1st District.

Top Democratic Campaign Staffers Chart 2016 Paths

With Democrats relegated to the minority in both chambers for the first time since 2006, the two top staffers at the party’s House and Senate campaign arms charted a path back to the majority during an EMILY’s List event Tuesday.


Russ Feingold, Joe Sestak and The Improbable Senate Race Rematch

Russ Feingold, Joe Sestak and The Improbable Senate Race Rematch

The Senate is filled with members who lost previous races. But Democrats Joe Sestak and Russ Feingold are trying to pull off a rare electoral feat: defeating the person who defeated them six years prior.

Democrat Back for Rematch With Freshman Republican

Former state Sen. Emily Cain is back for a second round against Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin, the Republican who defeated her for an open seat last year.

DCCC Robocalls Target GOP on DHS Funding

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will launch robocalls against more than two dozen House Republicans Tuesday over the Department of Homeland Security funding flap, according to a script of the call provided first to CQ Roll Call.

CPAC Campaign Boot Camp Trains GOP to Catch Up

CPAC Campaign Boot Camp Trains GOP to Catch Up

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Amethyst Archer probably wasn’t the targeted audience for the campaign boot camp held on the eve of the Conservative Political Action Conference, but the presenters made it clear the right needs all the help it can get in 2016 and beyond.

Ex-House Candidate Will Take Top Role in Likely Clinton Campaign

Amanda Renteria, the former Capitol Hill aide who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2014, is poised to be named the national political director of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s likely presidential campaign, according to two sources with knowledge of the move.

Democrats Skeptical Ted Strickland Will Face Primary

Democrats Skeptical Ted Strickland Will Face Primary

Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat who is expected to announce a bid against Republican Sen. Rob Portman Wednesday, may get a clear shot at the nomination.

Special Election Set for Mississippi Congressman's District (Updated)

Updated 4:45 p.m. | A special election in Mississippi’s 1st District will take place on May 12, according to The Associated Press. The winner will succeed the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee, a Republican who died on Feb. 6 after a battle with brain cancer.

Russ Feingold Hints at Senate Bid in Final State Department Speech

Russ Feingold Hints at Senate Bid in Final State Department Speech

Former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., hinted at a possible comeback bid in his final speech as an U.S. envoy to Africa for the State Department.

Antonio Villaraigosa Won't Seek Senate in California

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will not run for California’s open Senate seat, he announced in a Tuesday Facebook post.

Undeterred by Primary Threats, Walter Jones to Seek 12th Term

Undeterred by Primary Threats, Walter Jones to Seek 12th Term

Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., has no plans to retire in 2016, when Republicans are likely plotting another primary to oust the GOP gadfly.

Democrat Announces Bid to Challenge Roy Blunt

Democrat Announces Bid to Challenge Roy Blunt

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, a Democrat, announced Thursday he will challenge GOP Sen. Roy Blunt in 2016.

Brendan Johnson Discusses His Future in South Dakota (Updated)

Updated 2:00 p.m. | U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson’s resignation could mean Democrats have found a potential candidate to challenge Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., in 2016.

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