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Knight: 2nd Quarter Will Quell Fundraising Doubts

Knight: 2nd Quarter Will Quell Fundraising Doubts
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Freshman California Republican Steve Knight promises he’ll do much better raising campaign money in the second quarter than he did in the first.

Why This Vulnerable Freshman Is Surprising People

He may be new to the halls of Congress, but when the Energizer Bunny pauses, it’s not for long.

What Happens If Coffman Says No

Republicans are trying to recruit Rep. Mike Coffman to challenge Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado. If he stays put in the House, that gives the GOP a crop of candidates who could have a harder time in what will be one of Republicans’ few offensive opportunities in 2016.

Heck Close to Senate Bid

Updated 9:38 a.m. | Rep. Joe Heck has told some Nevada Republicans he is close to deciding to run for Senate, a source told CQ Roll Call Tuesday, and the conversations have prompted speculation among Nevada Republicans that an announcement could come sooner rather than later.

Why 500 Attack Emails Couldn’t Take Down Thom Tillis

Why 500 Attack Emails Couldn’t Take Down Thom Tillis

There were a few constants during the 2014 cycle: death, taxes, my three young kids waking up before 7 a.m. and a daily Democratic email attacking North Carolina Speaker Thom Tillis. But in the end, even in the face of hundreds of blistering emails, the Republican challenger knocked off Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in one of the most competitive Senate races in the country.

Sanchez Stumbles Prompt SoCal Angst

Long shut out of statewide office, Southern California Democrats saw a glimmer of hope last week, when Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez announced a bid for the Golden State’s open Senate seat.


Republicans Fear Guinta Scandal Could Imperil 2016

Rep. Frank C. Guinta’s campaign finance troubles could expand from a personal headache to a partywide migraine for New Hampshire Republicans worried about holding his House seat next fall.

Murkowski Facing a Primary Puzzle

Murkowski Facing a Primary Puzzle

Joe Miller isn’t the only conservative Alaskan with eyes on Sen. Lisa Murkowski — state Sen. Mike Dunleavy is also considering coming after the Republican senator from the right.

Can Republicans Repeat an Upset in Colorado?

The May 5 email I received from Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet’s campaign committee opened with: “Larry Sabato in Politico: COLORADO IS ONE OF ONLY SEVEN 2016 TOSS-UPS. Colorado will decide the 2016 election!”

Ratings Change: Democrats Eye Seat After Being Shut Out in 2014

The GOP didn’t have any trouble last year holding Buck McKeon’s open seat in Southern California after two Republicans finished in the top two in the primary and moved on to the general election. Steve Knight won the seat, 53 percent to 47 percent, over Tony Strickland, a two-time congressional candidate.

Ousted Democrat Announces Indiana Senate Bid

Former Rep. Baron Hill, D-Ind., told a crowd at a Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Columbus, Ind., that he’ll run for the open Senate seat in the Hoosier State in 2016, becoming the first Democrat to enter the contest.

NRCC Adds Another Member to Program for Vulnerable Incumbents

The National Republican Congressional Committee added newly minted Rep. Dan Donovan to its Patriot program Friday, signaling to its donor base that the New Yorker is among the GOP’s most vulnerable House incumbents in 2016.

Sanchez Senate Bid Opens Orange County House Seat

After waffling on a run earlier this week, Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez announced Thursday she is running for California’s open Senate seat.

Russ Feingold Announces Senate Bid

Former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold announced Thursday he will run for his old Wisconsin seat.

The Rubio Doctrine

The Rubio Doctrine

When Sen. Marco Rubio speaks Wednesday afternoon in New York, he has the opportunity to offer his foreign policy vision to an audience of foreign affairs experts who might have some biting questions.

Mississippi Special Election Heads to Runoff

The special election in Mississippi’s 1st District is headed to a June 2 runoff, after none of the 13 candidates in the field captured the necessary votes to win outright.

Why It's a Mistake to Dismiss Bobby Jindal

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is a bit of a conundrum.

Bob Dole Reflects on Running While Serving

Bob Dole knows a thing or two about running for president while serving in the Senate.

A Silver State Waiting Game

The news Republican Rep. Joe Heck could run for the now-open Nevada Senate seat has shifted the landscape in the Silver State.

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend Backing Van Hollen

Updated 11:31 a.m. | Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend won’t run for Senate, and instead is endorsing Rep. Chris Van Hollen’s bid.

GOP Searches for Patty Murray Challenger

GOP Searches for Patty Murray Challenger

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee might be Sen. Patty Murray’s best friend in 2016.

Marlin Stutzman Leaving House to Run For Senate

Rep. Marlin Stutzman will announce an Indiana Senate bid Saturday, according to multiple sources with knowledge of his plans, making him the second Republican to join the open-seat race.

Caveat Emptor, in Political Giving Too

Two days before the Tuesday special election in New York’s 11th District, I received one of those hysterical email requests for money.

After Baltimore Riots, Scott Again Touts Body Cameras, Conservative Ideas

As Baltimore lifts the curfews used to quell looting and violence prompted by the nation’s latest case of a black man dying under murky circumstances after a run-in with law enforcement, Sen. Tim Scott is again touting his push for body cameras for police — and a host of conservative ideas.

Parties Divide and Conquer Independent Spending

Having more than $50 million to spend on House races in the final months of the campaign may sound like fun, but both campaign committees have figured out it’s not a one-person job.

Clinton Foundation's Missteps Point to Broader Problem

On the surface, the uproar over foreign contributions to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Rodham Clinton was secretary of State looks like another example of the Clintons behaving badly. But the problem goes beyond the Clintons and could tar Republicans as well.

Ron DeSantis Announces Florida Senate Bid

Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday he is running for Florida’s open Senate seat, becoming the first well-known Republican to enter what’s expected to be among the most competitive races of the cycle.

Democrat Eyes Rematch in West Virginia's 2nd District

Former West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Nick Casey is considering challenging freshman Republican Rep. Alex Mooney, who narrowly beat him last year for the open seat long held by GOP Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.

Dan Donovan Wins Special Election to Succeed Michael Grimm

Republican Dan Donovan easily won a special election in New York’s 11th District Tuesday night, solidifying his role as the successor to disgraced ex-Rep. Michael G. Grimm.

Senate Races, Pro Salaries and Perspective on Spending

Complaining about campaign spending is a time-honored tradition, along with the Kentucky Derby and Major League Baseball. But a closer look reveals the dollars spent on controlling government pales in comparison to spending in other areas of life.

How Much Trouble Is Richard Burr in?

North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard M. Burr apparently is easy to underestimate.

Ad Man Scott Howell Back At It After Cardiac Arrest

Scott Howell doesn’t remember Jan. 25.

Van Hollen, Edwards Square Off in First Maryland Senate Race Debate

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Maryland Reps. Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen faced off for the first time Sunday, showcasing sharply different styles as they vie for the Democratic nomination for Senate.

Sanders Lays Out Blueprint for Presidential Bid

Railing against the influence of money in politics, Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders laid out a blueprint for a presidential campaign in his first press conference since announcing his candidacy for the Democratic nomination.

Northern Virginia Republican Bucks Party on Metro Cuts

Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock was the only Republican among the nine Washington, D.C.-area members who issued a joint statement Wednesday expressing their disappointment with a proposal for deep funding cuts to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority.

Sanders Lays Out Blueprint for Presidential Bid

Railing against the influence of money in politics, Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders laid out a blueprint for a presidential campaign in his first press conference since announcing his candidacy for the Democratic nomination.

Good News for Democrats Courting Millennial Voters

If Democrats can turn out millennial voters for the presidential race in 2016, their downballot candidates may just get the boost they’re looking for from the 18- to 29-year-old crowd.

NRSC Hires General Counsel for 2016

The National Republican Senatorial Committee hired Matthew Raymer as general counsel to advise the committee and its candidates on legal matters for the 2016 election cycle.

Is John Kasich in the Top Tier in 2016?

“Perpetually in motion, Kasich is a whirlwind of restless energy and is sometimes criticized for being cocky,” reads the 1996 Politics in America profile of the then-Ohio congressman.

Matchup Rouses Missouri's Sleepy Senate Race

Missouri’s 2016 Senate contest may never rival the drama of the 2012 campaign, but operatives from both parties expect the Show-Me State to show their respective candidates a good time.

Baltimore Riots Change Senate Race Conversation

The nascent Maryland Senate race will likely take on a new focus, as the state’s largest city works to heal its wounds following the death of a young black man in police custody and the sometimes violent expressions of anger that followed.

House Playing Field Is Small, but Can Change

With a year and a half to go before the 2016 elections, the House playing field is too small for Democrats to retake the majority. But there is time for the cycle to develop in favor of down-ballot Democratic candidates and for the number of competitive seats to grow.

Hillary Rodham Romney? Keep an Eye on O'Malley (Video)

For all her recent efforts to prove her progressive credentials to Democratic primary voters and caucus participants, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has not made those on her party’s left entirely comfortable with her. And she never will.

'Mistake' to Oust Hussein, Paul Says in Brooklyn

BROOKLYN — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul told a group of Jewish community leaders here Monday he thinks the United States made an error ousting Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Laura Capps Won't Seek Mother's Seat in California

Laura Capps announced Monday she will not seek the California seat being vacated by her mother, Democratic Rep. Lois Capps.

Tester's DSCC Pursues Same Strategy That Nearly Nixed Him in 2006

If the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had its way a decade ago, its current chairman probably wouldn’t be in the Senate today.

Hillary Rodham Romney? Keep an Eye on O'Malley (Video)

For all her recent efforts to prove her progressive credentials to Democratic primary voters and caucus participants, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has not made those on her party’s left entirely comfortable with her. And she never will.

Freshman's Campaign Issue Gets D.C. Attention

Arizona Rep. Martha McSally’s top local campaign issue will get legislative play on Capitol Hill, just a few months into the vulnerable Republican’s first term in Congress.

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