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Emily Cahn


Emily Cahn is a politics reporter covering House and Senate races for Roll Call.

A native of the Garden State, Cahn joined Roll Call in April 2012 as an editorial assistant before being promoted to the politics beat.

Cahn began her journalism career at the Washington Post, where she served as an editorial aide on the Post’s copy desk. She has also interned at the Hill newspaper, the Houston Chronicle’s D.C. bureau and CBS News. She is a graduate of the George Washington University, where she served as senior news editor at the GW Hatchet, GW’s student newspaper.

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Jeff Miller Won't Run for Florida Senate Seat

July 30, 2015

Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., opted against a bid for the Senate in the Sunshine State on Thursday, winnowing an already crowded GOP field in the highly competitive contest.

Democrat to Detractors: I'm Doing Better Than Your Guy

July 29, 2015

Seeking to avoid a contentious primary, some national Democrats have been working behind the scenes to force Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider out of a competitive open-seat House contest in California’s 24th District.

Despite Fattah Indictment, Don't Expect a Scramble for His Seat (Video)

July 29, 2015

Updated 2:17 p.m. | Despite Philadelphia Rep. Chaka Fattah’s indictment on 29 counts of corruption Wednesday, multiple Pennsylvania Democratic consultants say not to expect a flurry of candidates to announce primary challenges to the long-serving Democrat anytime soon.

Democrats' Window to Find Strong House Candidates Slowly Closing

July 28, 2015

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.

Pennsylvania Democrats Get a Senate Candidate — and a Primary

July 23, 2015

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.

Florida Legislature Called Into Special Redistricting Session

July 20, 2015

Florida legislators were notified Monday that a special session will be held Aug. 10 to 21 to approve a new congressional district map.

David Jolly Becomes Fourth Republican in Florida Senate Race

July 20, 2015

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

July 20, 2015

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

Democrats Try to Turn Trump's Trolling Into Treasure

July 17, 2015

Updated 2:05 p.m. | 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.

7 Key Numbers From Second Quarter Fundraising

July 16, 2015

With the 2016 elections still more than a year away, a dive into quarterly fundraising reports is one of the best ways to assess the viability of campaigns.

Florida Redistricting Creates Giant Game of Musical Chairs

July 15, 2015

The music has started in a game of musical chairs in Florida that will have sweeping implications for the state’s political landscape.

Danny Tarkanian to Run for Nevada House Seat

July 13, 2015

Republican Danny Tarkanian, the son of the legendary University of Nevada, Las Vegas, basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, announced a bid Monday for the Silver State’s open 3rd District, setting up a GOP primary in a tossup race.

Steve Israel: Hard for Democrats to Win House Majority in 2016

July 12, 2015

Rep. Steve Israel, the New York Democrat who led the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2012 and 2014 cycles, said winning the House majority will be tough for Democrats, but predicted his party will pick up between eight to 10 seats in 2016.

Todd Young Announces Indiana Senate Bid

July 12, 2015

Rep. Todd Young, R-Ind., will run for Senate in the Hoosier State, he announced Sunday, becoming the third Republican to enter a competitive race to replace retiring GOP Sen. Dan Coats.

DSCC Endorses Duckworth in Illinois Senate Race

July 9, 2015

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee endorsed Rep. Tammy Duckworth Thursday in a contested Democratic primary in Illinois — a top Democratic pickup opportunity in 2016.

Florida Supreme Court Strikes Down Congressional Map (Updated)

July 9, 2015

Updated 3:05 p.m. | The Florida Supreme Court struck down a sizable portion of the state’s congressional map, throwing the 2016 elections into a state of disarray.

GOP Gleeful That Grayson's Getting Into Florida Senate Race

July 9, 2015

Updated 9:18 a.m. | Republican operatives are elated about Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson getting into the Senate race in Florida, saying the liberal firebrand’s bid will create headaches for Democrats up and down the ballot.

Exclusive: Senate Majority PAC Announces Senior Staff

July 9, 2015

Senate Majority PAC will announce Thursday that Stephanie Potter will be executive director for the 2016 cycle, and also will release its senior staff roster.

Alan Grayson to Announce Senate Bid Thursday

July 8, 2015

Rep. Alan Grayson, a liberal firebrand whose outspokenness irks members of his own party, will announce a bid for Florida’s open Senate seat Thursday morning on a Florida TV station, according to a source with knowledge of Grayson’s plans.

Darin LaHood Wins GOP Primary to Succeed Schock

July 7, 2015

State Sen. Darin LaHood easily won a GOP primary in Illinois’ 18th District Tuesday night, making him the odds-on favorite to succeed disgraced ex-Rep. Aaron Schock in this downstate seat.

LaHood Distances Himself From Dad in Race for Schock's Seat

July 7, 2015

Illinois state Sen. Darin LaHood may share a surname with his well-known father, former Congressman-turned-Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. But LaHood wants voters to know he has his own conservative record to stand.

Joe Heck to Run for Nevada Senate (Video)

July 6, 2015

Rep Joe Heck announced Monday he’ll run for Senate in Nevada, giving Republicans a top pick in a crucial contest that could determine Senate control.

Murphy to Announce He'll Seek Rematch With Blum (Updated)

June 30, 2015

Updated 4:20 p.m. | Former state Rep. Pat Murphy, D-Iowa, will announce a bid for the Iowa House seat he lost in 2014, according to a source with knowledge of Murphy’s plans.

Supreme Court Upholds Arizona's Congressional Map (Updated)

June 29, 2015

Updated 11:20 a.m. | The Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s congressional map Monday, declaring in a 5-4 ruling the use of an independent redistricting commission that drew House district lines in the 2012 cycle did not violate the Constitution.

GOP Tries to Portray Feingold as a Hypocrite Over PAC Spending

June 26, 2015

Republicans are eager to use former Sen. Russ Feingold’s signature issue against him in 2016, as the Democrat wages a comeback bid in a Senate contest key to his party’s quest for the majority.

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