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Democrats' Window to Find Strong House Candidates Slowly Closing

Democrats' Window to Find Strong House Candidates Slowly Closing

When former Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller passed on a bid in the Silver State’s 3rd District last week, it sent Democrats back to the drawing board again to find a nominee for this Tossup seat in 2016.

Chris Christie’s Conundrum

On first glance, Christie’s bio and profile should make him a top-tier hopeful for the 2016 Republican nomination. But he isn’t — at least not right now. In this case, timing is everything.

Conservative Groups Not Sold on John McCain Challenger

Conservative outside groups have made it crystal clear they want John McCain out of the Senate, but a fog remains over whether any will back the Arizona Republican’s most prominent opponent so far.

Ahead of Redraw, Virginia Republicans Jockey for Safe Seats

Virginia Democrats say their congressional map can’t get any worse.

Pennsylvania Democrats Get a Senate Candidate — and a Primary

Pennsylvania Democrats say they’re unsure how divisive the forthcoming Senate primary will get or how impactful it will prove in achieving the party’s ultimate goal of defeating Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey and winning back the Senate.

President-Elect Donald Trump Announces First Cabinet Picks

Nov. 9, 2016, ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — President-elect Donald Trump announced his first cabinet selections last night, minutes after the major networks projected him as the winner in Tuesday’s election.


Alums of Canceled CNN Show Taking Center Stage

Once upon a time, nearly a decade and a half ago, CNN executives cast a vision for a political talk show featuring the next generation of political journalists. “Take Five” was the younger, hipper version of the legendary “Capital Gang.”

Tossup New York House Race Starting to Take Shape

Tossup New York House Race Starting to Take Shape

The heart of summer may have passed, but the temperature in New York’s 19th district is only starting to warm up.

The Politics of Identity Politics

“I’m tired of hyphenated Americans,” complains Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in “We’re All Americans,” a television spot aired by Believe Again, the super PAC supporting the presidential hopeful’s bid.

David Jolly Becomes Fourth Republican in Florida Senate Race

Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., officially entered Florida’s open Senate contest Monday, becoming the fourth Republican running for his party’s nomination for the ultra-competitive seat.

NRCC, DSCC Tops in June Fundraising

House Republicans’ campaign arm raised $400,000 more than its Democratic counterpart in June, according to figures provided to CQ Roll Call.

Colorado Candidate 'Immediately Serious' With $1M Loan

Few House candidates post $1 million quarterly fundraising hauls.

Democrats Try to Turn Trump's Trolling Into Treasure

It’s too early to tell whether Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy will hurt the Republican brand and alienate Hispanic voters the GOP needs to win The White House in 2016. But Trump’s vitriolic comments on Mexican immigrants is having one immediate effect on the elections.

Rand Paul Bringing Abortion Politics to Highway Bill Debate

Sen. Rand Paul appears to be plotting to bring the debate over abortion to the highway bill.

Ex-Rep. Michael Grimm Sentenced to 8 Months in Prison

A federal judge has sentenced former Rep. Michael G. Grimm, R-N.Y., to eight months in federal prison for tax evasion.

Kathleen Matthews Defends Donation to Blunt

As she seeks the Democratic nomination in Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, political newcomer Kathleen Matthews might have a hurdle to jump in convincing Free State voters of her progressive bona fides.

Less Hair Could Mean More Votes in Minnesota

It’s no secret that hair was the source of Samson’s strength. But unlike the Old Testament Nazirite, one potential congressional challenger is hoping less could mean more at the ballot box.

Failed but Not Forgotten, Linda McMahon Keeps Hand in GOP

There was a time in 2012 when it looked like Connecticut might do what it had never done before: Elect a female senator.

Twitter Defends John McCain After The Donald Attacks

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Thursday continued his assault on the GOP establishment by publicly mocking Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on social media.

Louisiana Campaigns Tread Water Until Vitter's Race

For a number of ambitious Republicans in Louisiana, a whole lot hinges on the state’s gubernatorial election later this year — and Sen. David Vitter.

Edwards Shakes Off Van Hollen's Outside Money Pledge

On the heels of a fundraising quarter during which she was seriously out-raised by her Democratic rival, Rep. Donna Edwards said Thursday she disagreed with a proposal offered by Rep. Chris Van Hollen to try to keep outside money out of their race to replace outgoing Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.

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