Simone Pathé

DCCC Adds 10 More Candidates to Red to Blue
Latest additions include winners of recent primaries

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee added 10 more challengers Friday to its Red to Blue program for strong recruits.

The eighth round of additions brings the total number of challengers on Red to Blue to 53. Many of the new additions have only recently won primaries. 

At the Races: He’s Off the Trail
Our weekly newsletter on congressional campaigns

Welcome to At the Races! You can keep track of House and Senate races with this weekly newsletter by subscribing here. We want to hear what you think. Email us at attheraces@cqrollcall.com with your questions, tips or candidate sightings. —Simone Pathé and Bridget Bowman

New Democrats’ PAC Adds 11 to Watch List
PAC is now supporting 40 candidates

The political arm of the moderate New Democrat Coalition is adding 11 more candidates to its watch list Thursday. 

The PAC is now supporting 40 candidates. 

Why Republicans Aren’t Sweating After 2 Incumbents Lose Primaries
For one, GOP lawmakers who publicly criticize Trump are getting scarcer

The defeat of one of the party’s most notorious political survivors this week wasn’t enough to scare House Republicans.

South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford, the disgraced former governor, had never lost an election before Tuesday. But his criticism of President Donald Trump did him in.

Poliquin’s Democratic Opponent Still Uncertain in Maine
Ranked choice voting may delay primary results

Tom MacArthur’s Democratic Challenger Trails by 4 Points in Internal Poll
Democrat Andy Kim is challenging the two-term New Jersey Republican

A new poll for New Jersey Democrat Andy Kim showed him trailing Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur by 4 points in the 3rd District general election. 

Kim, a former National Security Council official, and MacArthur both ran unopposed in last week’s primaries.

South Carolina’s Mark Sanford Falls in GOP Primary
Frequent Trump critic becomes second incumbent to lose this year

South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford on Tuesday became the second incumbent of the year to fall in a Republican primary, losing to a challenger who questioned his loyalty to President Donald Trump.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, state Rep. Katie Arrington was leading Sanford 51 percent to 47 percent when The Associated Press called the race.

Republican Corey Stewart Will Challenge Sen. Tim Kaine in Virginia
Former gubernatorial hopeful narrowly wins the three-way Senate primary

Corey Stewart won the Republican nomination for Senate in Virginia on Tuesday night, setting up a long-shot contest against Democratic incumbent Tim Kaine.

With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Stewart, the chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, led a three-way GOP field with 45 percent of the vote when The Associated Press called the race. State Del. Nick Freitas was in second with 43 percent. 

Wexton Wins Democratic Nod to Take On Comstock in Virginia’s 10th
Democrat Abigail Spanberger will face off against Rep. Brat in 7th District

The fall matchup in one of this year’s most competitive House races is now set with state Sen. Jennifer Wexton clinching the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s 10th District on Tuesday night.

Wexton will face Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock, who’s running for a third term in a Toss-up race.

Trump Endorses Mark Sanford’s Primary Challenger
In late election day tweet, Trump backs state Rep. Katie Arrington

President Donald Trump tweeted his support Tuesday for the primary challenger to a sitting Republican lawmaker and member of the House Freedom Caucus.

Less than three hours before polls close in South Carolina, Trump took aim at GOP Rep. Mark Sanford, who’s facing his toughest primary challenge yet in the 1st District. Trump endorsed GOP state Rep. Katie Arrington, who’s attacked Sanford for being too critical of the president.

Races to Watch in This Tuesday’s Primaries
Voters in five states head to the polls

Voters in five states head to the polls Tuesday, with most of the action in House primaries.

Republican Rep. Mark Sanford is facing a party challenge for his South Carolina seat. Nominees will be chosen in a half-dozen other competitive House races. And a new voting process will be tested in Maine.

Congressional Leadership Fund Increases Fall Ad Reservations
GOP super PAC reserves TV times in three more districts

Congressional Leadership Fund, the super PAC aligned with House GOP leadership, on Monday stepped up its initial ad reservations for the fall. 

CLF’s new $15 million in TV reservations comes after the GOP super PAC had already reserved $38 million in 20 districts in April. The second round of spending includes broadcast and cable TV reservations in three new districts and increased reservations in seven specific districts and one media market.

Democrats Look for a Mainer to Take on Poliquin
Tuesday’s primary will be held under ranked choice voting system

Maine Rep. Bruce Poliquin has proved an elusive target, but with a new candidate this year, Democrats will have another to chance to defeat the well-funded Republican.

Three Democrats are competing in Tuesday’s primary in Maine’s 2nd District, which will use ranked-choice voting for the first time.

At the Races: Primary Hangovers Are Real
Our weekly newsletter on congressional campaigns

Welcome to At the Races! You can keep track of House and Senate races with this weekly newsletter by subscribing here. We want to hear what you think. Email us at attheraces@cqrollcall.com with your questions, tips or candidate sightings. —Simone Pathé and Bridget Bowman

Kathleen Williams Wins Democratic Nod to Challenge Gianforte in Montana
Gianforte is running for his first full term after winning special election last year

Former state Rep. Kathleen Williams won the Democratic nomination for Montana’s at-large House seat Tuesday.

Williams will take on Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte, who’s running for his first full term in November after being elected in a May 2017 special election

Matt Rosendale Wins Montana GOP Senate Primary
Rosendale will take on Democratic incumbent Jon Tester in November

State Auditor Matt Rosendale won the GOP nomination Tuesday night to take on Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester in November. 

With 96 percent of precincts reporting, Rosendale led a four-way field with 34 percent of the vote, according to The Associated Press. Former district judge Russ Fagg was in second place with 29 percent. Fagg ran with the support of many former Montana elected officials, including ex-Reps. Rick Hill and Denny Rehberg and three former governors.

Two Republican Men Advance to Primary Runoff in Mississippi
Magnolia State has still never elected a woman to Congress

The Republican primary for Mississippi’s 3rd District is heading to a runoff after no candidate cleared more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday night. Incumbent GOP Rep. Gregg Harper is retiring after five terms in Congress.

Leading the six-candidate field were District Attorney Michael Guest and Whit Hughes, the chief development officer of Baptist Health Systems.  With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Guest led Hughes 45 percent to 22 percent, according to The Associated Press. The two will meet in a June 26 runoff. 

DCCC Picks Easily Win Democratic Nods in New Jersey
Sen. Menendez underwhelms in primary win over little-known challenger

Former Navy pilot and prosecutor Mikie Sherrill easily secured the Democratic nod for New Jersey’s open 11th District seat Tuesday night.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, she had 77 percent of the vote over four other Democrats, according to The Associated Press. Family advocate Tamara Harris, who had financial backing from the Congressional Black Caucus PAC and California Sen. Kamala Harris, came in second with 15 percent.

4 Things To Watch in Tuesday’s Primaries
Eight states will have primary contests

Eight states are hosting primaries Tuesday, but all eyes will be on California — where the threat of Democrats getting shut out of a few top pickup opportunities they hope will help them win back the House looms large.

Several matchups will also be decided in competitive general election contests in Iowa, New Jersey, New Mexico and Montana.