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5 Former Members of Congress You Didn't Know Were Running Again
Odds are long for all to make a return to the Hill

Former Rep. Pete Gallego is seeking a re-match with incumbent Republican Rep. Will Hurd in Texas' 23rd Congressional District. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats Brad Schneider of Illinois, Carol Shea Porter of New Hampshire, and Pete Gallego of Texas lost re-election bids in 2014 in a tough environment. All are running again this year, likely to be a friendlier one for Democrats. The three races are rated "Tossup" by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call.

But a handful of other former members who you might not even know are running face longer odds.

What's a Vulnerable Republican To Do?
GOP senators continue to say they'll 'support the nominee'

UNITED STATES - MARCH 8: Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) leaves the Senate Republicans' policy lunch in the Capitol on March 8, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hug him, hate him, pretend he isn't there.

Those are the choices that  down-ballot Republican candidates now face with Donald Trump as the last man standing in the Republican primary for president.

Former Senator Bob Bennett Dead at 82
Utah Republican served three terms

Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, speaks with reporters in the Ohio Clock Corridor following a vote in the Senate on Tuesday, May 11, 2010.

Former Sen. Robert F. Bennett is dead at 82 after battling cancer and suffering a stroke.

The Utah Republican was a three-term senator and senior member of the Appropriations Committee who was a close adviser to the current Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

House General Counsel Stepping Down
Kerry Kircher was named the House's top attorney in 2011


The House's top attorney is leaving his post.

GOP 'Going to the Mattresses'
With Trump on top, both parties scramble to determine fallout

Donald Trump at the top of the ticket will affect Senate and House races down ballot. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Donald Trump’s rise to the top of the GOP ticket is resetting the Senate and House race landscape, emboldening Democrats and putting Republicans on the defensive as they brace for running alongside the most unpopular presidential nominee in recent history.

Both parties had spent months preparing for a potential Trump nomination, but the suddenness of Ted Cruz’s exit from the presidential primary sent shock waves through each. In an era where down-ballot races are increasingly shaped by the national political climate, Trump’s presence could change what races are competitive and how both parties run their campaigns.

Kasich Ends Presidential Campaign
Donald Trump is the last man standing for the GOP nomination.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich suspended his presidential campaign Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich suspended his presidential campaign Wednesday, ensuring that billionaire Donald Trump becomes the presumptive Republican nominee.

"I have always said that the Lord has a purpose for me as he has for everyone and as I suspend my campaign today, I have renewed faith, deeper faith that the Lord will show me the way forward and fulfill the purpose of my life," Kasich said in evening speech in Columbus, Ohio.

Judge Allows Group to Dig Into Clinton Email Server
Leaves open possibility that Clinton herself could be deposed

Hillary Clinton's private email server is the object of a court case brought by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

A federal district court judge detailed Wednesday how a legal watchdog group can dig into the creation and operation of Hillary Clinton’s private email system — and didn’t rule out a deposition of the former secretary of state and current Democratic presidential front-runner.

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan issued an order Wednesday detailing discovery in Judicial Watch’s lawsuit seeking records about Clinton and her top advisers, including the private email system she used during her four-year tenure as secretary of state.

Middle Finger Moments in Politics
Clinton was flipped off in West Virginia, but she certainly wasn't the first

Protesters gesture and yell as presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pulls away after touring a health and wellness center in Williamson, W. Va., on Monday, May 2, 2016. Several dozen protesters stood in the rain to voice their opposition to Hillary Clinton's visit to coal country. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

While campaigning in West Virginia, Hillary Clinton didn't receive the warmest welcome. Among the protesters angry about her position on cutting coal use were at least two who gave the so-called "scooby van" the middle finger.

This isn't the first time "the bird" has figured prominently in American politics. Even more surprising is the gesture's history as an obscene insult reaches back to ancient Greece, where the philosopher Diogenes is said to have flipped off the politician and statesman Demosthenes (though not to his face).

Kasich to Suspend GOP Campaign, Reports say
Poll shows Ohio governor would beat Hillary Clinton, while Donald Trump would lose

John Kasich's campaign had initially vowed Wednesday morning that the Ohio governor was staying in the Republican presidential race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call )

Ohio Gov. John Kasich will suspend his presidential campaign with Donald Trump emerging as the presumptive Republican nominee, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.

Kasich was scheduled to speak to reporters at Dulles International Airport outside Washington in the morning, but his campaign abruptly moved his remarks to 5 p.m. EDT in Ohio.

Poll Shows Clinton With Large Lead Over Trump
But survey also shows remaining challengers would do better than front-runners

The poll shows voters evenly divided in their opinion of Clinton but that's better than how Trump fares. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Donald Trump starts the general election race trailing Hillary Clinton by double digits in a head-to head matchup, according to a new poll.

The CNN/ORC poll, conducted before Ted Cruz dropped out of the Republican race after a crushing defeat in Indiana on Tuesday, shows the presumptive GOP nominee behind the Democratic front-runner by a 54-41 percent margin.

How Senate Republican Campaigns Will Handle Trump
It won't be easy, strategists concede

Many of the men and women running Republican Senate races are still uncertain about what to expect from the unpredictable Donald Trump.. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Donald Trump is, for all intents and purposes, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. And his ascent to the top of his part’s ticket carries big consequences for down-ballot Republicans.

Here is the compilation of three months of reporting about Senate Republicans preparing for a Trump nomination:

RNC Chair Admits Trump is 'Presumptive GOP Nominee'
Priebus says GOP needs to unite and focus on defeating Clinton

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, speaks at the American Conservative Union's CPAC conference at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus referred to Donald Trump as the "presumptive GOP nominee" in a tweet Tuesday after Sen. Ted Cruz announced he was suspending his campaign.

"We all need to unite and focus on defeating Hillary Clinton," Priebus tweeted.

Trump Calls Cruz 'One Hell of a Competitor'
GOP front-runner turns his attacks toward Hillary Clinton

While Donald Trump was congratulatory toward rival Ted Cruz, Cruz didn't congratulate Trump or say that he would support him. ( Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Donald Trump embraced his status as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee on Tuesday by complimenting Sen. Ted Cruz after the Texas Republican dropped out of the race and focused his attacks on Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

"Ted Cruz, I don’t know if he likes me or if he doesn’t like me, but he is one hell of a competitor," Trump said, adding, "He has got an amazing future."

Sanders Upsets Clinton in Indiana
Vermont senator still faces nearly insurmountable delegate deficit