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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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Favorite Sons Pinching GOP Florida Senate Contributions

Oct. 28, 2015

Two favorite sons of Florida running for president in the crowded GOP primary field are stunting fundraising for the 2016 Senate race in the Sunshine State, sucking up the time and attention span of Florida’s top donors, according to multiple Florida Republican operatives.

Democrats Think Speaker Ryan Would Be Perfect Ad Villain

Oct. 23, 2015

Rep. Paul D. Ryan and his budget have been a major theme in congressional elections over the past few cycles.

Senate Majority PAC Bars Lobbyists From Its Payroll

Oct. 23, 2015

Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic super PAC that supports Democratic Senate candidates, will prohibit federally registered lobbyists from working for the organization, according to a memo obtained by CQ Roll Call.

Jesse Benton Acquitted in Campaign Fraud Case

Oct. 22, 2015

Jesse Benton, a longtime ally of Sen. Rand Paul, was acquitted Thursday on charges tied to a campaign fraud case surrounding former Rep. Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign, according to the Des Moines Register.

Ryan Supporters Call Critics Hypocrites Over Fundraising

Oct. 21, 2015

Supporters of a Rep. Paul D. Ryan speakership are calling two members of the House Freedom Caucus hypocrites for their criticism of his ability to fundraise for the party.

Why These 2 Coastal California Districts Stay Reliably Red

Oct. 21, 2015

At first glance, almost the entirety of California’s picturesque coastline is represented by Democrats.

West Coast Wasteland: Why the GOP Struggles in California

Oct. 21, 2015

As 2016 quickly approaches, Republicans are struggling to find top recruits in a trio of competitive House districts in California — a state where the party has suffered defeat at the congressional level for decades.

Senate Democrats Raise More Than Senate Republicans in September

Oct. 20, 2015

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee out-raised its Republican counterpart by $1 million in September fundraising, according to numbers released by both committees.

Crist Announces Florida House Bid

Oct. 20, 2015

Former Gov. Charlie Crist announced Tuesday he’s running for Florida’s open 13th District — giving Democrats a top-tier recruit in a prime pickup opportunity next fall.

EMILY's List Puts 4 More GOP Senators 'On Notice'

Oct. 20, 2015

EMILY’s List, a group that supports Democratic women who back abortion rights, put four more Republican senators “On Notice” Tuesday — a signal the group could spend money to try to topple those incumbents in 2016.

Will 'Gruff' Sanders Emerge as Stakes Get Higher?

Oct. 13, 2015

If recent polling is any indication, New Hampshire Democratic primary voters view Sen. Bernard Sanders as the most likable candidate in the Democratic field by a wide margin — a fact helping to boost Sanders to front-runner status in the crucial Granite State primary.

New Florida Map Likely to Benefit Democrats

Oct. 9, 2015

After years of litigation, a Florida circuit court judge recommended Friday that the state Supreme Court adopt a new congressional map proposed by the League of Women Voters and Common Cause of Florida — one of the final steps in a prolonged legal battle that will likely net Democrats a few more House seats in 2016.

McCarthy's Future Won't Affect GOP's Hold on His Seat

Oct. 9, 2015

Updated 6:30 p.m. | In the immediate aftermath of Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s sudden and shocking decision to bow out of the race for House speaker, the California Republican said he intends to stay in Congress and keep his current job as majority leader.

House Republicans' Chaos Could Hurt GOP Fundraising

Oct. 8, 2015

Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s shocking decision to drop his bid for speaker Thursday could cause problems for House Republican fundraising, multiple Republican strategists told CQ Roll Call.

Senate Democrats Nearly Run Table in Recruitment

Oct. 5, 2015

With New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan’s entrance into the Granite State Senate contest, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has secured nearly every top-tier recruit it sought for 2016 — when Democrats will attempt to net the five seats necessary to regain control of the Senate.

Maggie Hassan Will Run for Senate in New Hampshire (Video)

Oct. 5, 2015

Senate Democrats got the candidate they wanted in New Hampshire.

DSCC Promotes Sadie Weiner to Communications Director

Oct. 1, 2015

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will promote Sadie Weiner to communications director next week, putting her in charge of the committee’s communication strategy for the 2016 cycle, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.

Democrats Admit GOP Leadership Drama a Tough Sell to Voters

Sept. 30, 2015

In the wake of Speaker John A. Boehner’s resignation, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says it sees an opportunity to push a narrative into 2016 that the House Republican Conference has moved too far to the right for the country.

DeSantis: Forget President, How 'Bout Ben Carson for Speaker? (Video)

Sept. 30, 2015

Rep. Ron DeSantis, the Florida Republican who is one of nine founding members of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, said at a campaign event Sunday he’d be open to supporting an outsider for speaker when the House meets to vote for a new leader Oct. 8.

Mr. Gowdy's Wild Ride

Sept. 30, 2015

It’s been a wild couple of days for Rep. Trey Gowdy.

GOP House Majority Is Sturdy Heading Into 2016 Few Pickup Opportunities for Democrats in House

Sept. 30, 2015

Mired in a 30-seat minority, it’s hard to find any Democrats who will say publicly or privately that their party has a shot at winning the House majority.

McCarthy Raises Campaign Cash, But He's No Boehner

Sept. 29, 2015

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is one of the strongest campaign fundraisers in his conference, but he still can't hold a candle to outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner, say Republicans mulling McCarthy as Boehner's successor.

Boehner Sets Off Frenzy in Ohio for Replacement

Sept. 25, 2015

Speaker John A. Boehner’s resignation announcement Friday kicked off not only a frenetic scramble in House leadership, but also a special election for his safe Republican seat in Ohio, which could invite more than a half-dozen contenders.

Potential Successors to Boehner in Ohio

Sept. 25, 2015

Once House Speaker John A. Boehner resigns, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is required to set a special election to fill the vacancy. GOP operatives in Ohio predict the special election primary will be held concurrent with the already scheduled primary in March. 

GOP Poll: Comstock in Strong Position for Re-Election

Sept. 23, 2015

Freshman Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., holds a strong lead against a generic Democratic opponent, according to polling by the National Republican Congressional Committee.

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