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Once a GOP Staffer, Candidate Now Vies to Be Main Event

Once a GOP Staffer, Candidate Now Vies to Be Main Event

ADEL, Iowa – When David Young first became Sen. Charles E. Grassley’s chief of staff seven years ago, the senator sat him down for a talk. Young thought he was in for the riot act or a long list of rules.

Slip of the Tongue in South Dakota Senate Debate (Video)

South Dakota Democratic Senate hopeful Rick Weiland apparently is not so hopeful.

Alaska Post-Primary Outside Spending Surge Continues

A Republican-aligned outside group launched a $1.25 million ad buy Thursday against Alaska Sen. Mark Begich.

Scott Peters Airs First Ad in California House Contest

Scott Peters Airs First Ad in California House Contest

Freshman Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., released his first ad of the cycle Thursday, touting work he’s done that he says has helped “hold Congress accountable.”

Top 5 Races to Watch in New England

New England hasn’t been fertile territory for Republican candidates of late, but the party has an opportunity to gain House seats in the region this November.

Pat Quinn Could be Drag on Illinois Democrats

Pat Quinn Could be Drag on Illinois Democrats

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The national political tide isn’t looking good for Democrats, but in Illinois this November, down-ballot candidates have an even bigger problem: the drag of Gov. Pat Quinn.

Super PAC Greets Dan Sullivan Win With Attack Ad

Super PAC Greets Dan Sullivan Win With Attack Ad

Alaska’s newly minted Republican Senate nominee will awake the morning after his primary victory to a negative TV ad from a Democratic super PAC.

Iowa Poll Shows Democrat With Big Edge in Open House Contest

State Rep. Pat Murphy, the Democratic nominee in the open-seat House contest to replace Iowa Democratic Senate nominee Bruce Braley, had an 11 point lead over his Republican opponent, according to a poll obtained by CQ Roll Call.

Peterson's Greatest Challenge Yet, but GOP Still Looks to 2016

Peterson's Greatest Challenge Yet, but GOP Still Looks to 2016

Minnesota Democrats think Rep. Collin C. Peterson is nearly unbeatable in the 7th District. For the first time in more than a decade, that theory is about to be put to the test.

Top 5 Races to Watch in the Mid-Atlantic

It’s a bad sign for Democrats when they have more Mid-Atlantic congressional opportunities in West Virginia than in Pennsylvania.

NRSC Launching Coordinated Ad Buy in North Carolina

NRSC Launching Coordinated Ad Buy in North Carolina

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is launching a coordinated TV ad buy next month with North Carolina Senate hopeful Thom Tillis.

John McCain Holds Court in 'Second Favorite State'

John McCain Holds Court in 'Second Favorite State'

DERRY, N.H. – Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has returned to New Hampshire to campaign — but this time, it’s for former Sen. Scott P. Brown.

Jeff Merkley Touts Efforts to Stop Outsourcing in New Ad

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., is going up with a new ad Tuesday focusing on his efforts to prevent companies from outsourcing jobs.

Alaska Republicans Set to Choose Begich Challenger

Alaska Republicans Set to Choose Begich Challenger

DNR Dan. Afghan Dan. The Other Dan. No matter how voters refer to Senate candidate Dan Sullivan to distinguish him from the Anchorage mayor of the same name, he just hopes they choose him Tuesday in the GOP primary.

DCCC Raises Millions More than NRCC in July

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raked in $11.5 million in July, bringing the committee’s total cash on hand to $56.7 million in the final stretch of the cycle, according to numbers released by the committee Monday.

Martha McSally Tries to Fly to Victory in Arizona

Martha McSally Tries to Fly to Victory in Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. — Operatives couldn’t make up a better candidate resume if they tried: retired Air Force Colonel, first in her class at the U.S. Air War College, the first female fighter pilot in combat who flies the very plane — an A-10 Warthog — that’s economically essential to the 2nd District.

Montana Democrats Nominate John Walsh Replacement

The Montana Democratic Party nominated state Rep. Amanda Curtis Saturday to replace retiring Sen. John Walsh on the ballot in November.

Schatz Defeats Hanabusa in Hawaii Senate Primary

Schatz Defeats Hanabusa in Hawaii Senate Primary

Nearly a week after most of the state voted, Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz has now defeated Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary.

Harry Reid to Fundraise for Two Democrats in Tahoe

Harry Reid to Fundraise for Two Democrats in Tahoe

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will hold a retreat in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, this weekend with donors to boost two Democratic Senate campaigns: Rep. Gary Peters’ bid in Michigan and Sen. Al Franken’s re-election in Minnesota.

NRCC Names Four More 'Young Guns'

House Republicans rolled out another round of Young Guns, the party’s designation for top-tier candidates in open and Democratic-held seats.

It's The Chuck Grassley Show at the Iowa State Fair

It's The Chuck Grassley Show at the Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, Iowa — At the Iowa State Fair, the walk from the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building to the swine barn should take about five minutes. But with Sen. Charles E. Grassley, it takes 45.

Wisconsin Primary Now Too Close to Call

The Associated Press has rescinded its call in Wisconsin’s 6th district GOP primary after announcing that State Sen. Glenn Grothman won the GOP race last night.

This Fall's House Ad Wars Have Officially Started (Video)

The flood gates opened Tuesday when the House campaign committees began the barrage of fall television advertisements.

Freshman Congresswoman Moves to the Middle

Freshman Congresswoman Moves to the Middle

PHOENIX — Once known for her progressive politics, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema has coasted to the center in her first re-election.

Florida Legislature Approves New Congressional Map

The Florida Legislature approved a new congressional map Monday evening and sent it to the governor’s desk, although it’s still unclear whether the new House district boundaries will past muster or take effect for the 2014 elections.

Ex-Congresswoman Ready to Return (Video)

Ex-Congresswoman Ready to Return (Video)

It’s easy to see former Rep. Nan Hayworth, R-N.Y., misses Congress.

McAllister Moving Past 'Kissing Congressman'

McAllister Moving Past 'Kissing Congressman'

TALLULAH, La. — Vance McAllister’s political career flatlined earlier this year, a victim of self-inflicted wounds from an embarrassing infidelity scandal.

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