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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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Stories by Emily Cahn:

Can a Tattooed Politician Upend Pennsylvania's Senate Race?

Sept. 23, 2015

A 6-foot-8-inch, tattooed former offensive tackle walks into a bar . . . to host a fundraiser for his Senate campaign.

GOP Debate: Fiorina's Breakout Performance at Trump's Expense

Sept. 17, 2015

After bullying his way through the first Republican presidential debate a month ago, front-runner Donald Trump was clearly the target in Wednesday’s second debate, and most of his opponents tried to take shots at him.

Poll: Democrats Lead in Illinois, Wisconsin Senate Races

Sept. 17, 2015

GOP Sens. Mark S. Kirk of Illinois and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin both trail their likely Democratic opponents a little more than a year out from Election Day, according to polling conducted for End Citizens United PAC.

South Carolina's Duncan to Host Event in D.C. With Carly Fiorina

Sept. 16, 2015

Rep. Jeff Duncan, a Republican from the crucial early primary state of South Carolina, will host a round table later this month at the Capitol Hill Club with Carly Fiorina — the only woman out of the 16-candidate Republican presidential primary field.

California Democrats Welcome Trump to the Golden State

Sept. 15, 2015

Getting attention for a House race in Los Angeles in a presidential year is hard.

Dan Benishek to Retire in 2016 (Updated)

Sept. 15, 2015

Updated 10:10 a.m. | Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Mich., will not seek a fourth term in the House, he announced Tuesday, choosing to stick to a three-term limit he set for himself when he first ran in 2010.

Democrats Pounce on Leaked NRCC Document

Sept. 10, 2015

A leaked internal document from the National Republican Congressional Committee is causing headaches for some of the House GOP’s most vulnerable incumbents.

Grayson Trumps Murphy's Trump Comparison

Sept. 4, 2015

Update 12:55 p.m. | Rep. Alan Grayson’s campaign reacted quickly Friday to Democratic Senate primary opponent Rep. Patrick Murphy’s comparison of him to Donald Trump, pointing out that Murphy’s father’s construction company had built two major projects for the real estate mogul who’s leading Republican presidential polls.

DCCC Targets 18 House Republicans in Labor Day Digital Campaign

Sept. 3, 2015

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will begin a digital ad campaign over the Labor Day weekend, hitting 18 GOP incumbents on labor issues such as increasing the minimum wage and overtime rules.

Minnesota's John Kline Will Not Seek Eighth Term (Updated)

Sept. 3, 2015

Updated 12:10 p.m.| Seven-term Minnesota GOP Rep. John Kline announced Thursday he will not run for re-election, putting Republicans in a tough spot to hold the southeastern Minnesota district in a presidential year.

Senate Majority PAC Releases Second Ad Attacking Ayotte at Home

Sept. 1, 2015

Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC that backs Senate Democrats, on Wednesday released its second ad attacking Sen. Kelly Ayotte, the New Hampshire Republican who is a top target in 2016.

Internal Poll Shows Cresent Hardy Leading Potential Challengers

Aug. 31, 2015

Rep. Cresent Hardy, R-Nev., leads all four of the potential Democratic opponents in head-to-head matchups for his 4th District seat, an internal poll conducted for his campaign and obtained by CQ Roll Call shows.

Hassan Waits to Choose Her Adventure in New Hampshire

Aug. 31, 2015

DOVER, N.H. — Gov. Maggie Hassan stands in front of a green screen. To her left, a stick-on motif on the wall prompts her to “Choose Your Adventure Here.”

In New Hampshire, Frank Guinta Soldiers On Amid Controversy

Aug. 26, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Embattled GOP Rep. Frank C. Guinta may be one of the most vulnerable congressional incumbents in the country, but you wouldn’t know it if you spent time with the Republican congressman in his district.

Poll: House Incumbents Who Oppose LGBT Rights Lose Support

Aug. 20, 2015

A set of polls conducted for the Human Rights Campaign found incumbents would imperil their re-election chances if they oppose a bill that bans discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Republicans Spending Early to Boost Chances to Keep Senate

Aug. 19, 2015

As Republicans look to defend their newfound Senate majority in 2016, early television and digital spending has more than quadrupled from this same point last cycle, a CQ Roll Call analysis shows.

NRCC Goes On Air, Online Targeting Three House Democrats

Aug. 17, 2015

The National Republican Congressional Committee will go up with television and digital ads in three districts this week targeting Democratic incumbents the committee hopes to pick off in 2016, according to a source with knowledge of the buys.

Rep. Corrine Brown Files Lawsuit Against Redrawn Florida Congressional Map

Aug. 6, 2015

Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., filed a federal lawsuit Thursday challenging the validity of a proposed redraw of the state’s congressional map, alleging the draft plan violates the Voting Rights Act.

Democrats Likely to Gain One House Seat in Florida Redraw

Aug. 5, 2015

The Florida Senate released a draft of a new congressional district map Wednesday that, if approved, would likely lead to Democrats netting one House seat in 2016.

In Senate Race, Alan Grayson Could Be Own Worst Enemy

Aug. 3, 2015

In his bid for Senate in Florida, the biggest thing standing in Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson’s way is . . . Alan Grayson.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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