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Democrats Tie Vulnerable Members to Donald Trump

Democrats are trying to tie Coffman to Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Donald Trump's call for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States" has intensified Democratic attempts to tie vulnerable members of the House and Senate — even those who have already criticized Trump's comments — to the GOP presidential front-runner.  

"You can denounce his comments but that only means so much if you would still vote for him," a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee aide said Wednesday.  

Democratic Challengers Make Gun Control a Security Issue

In the wake of terror attacks and mass shootings, Democrats are making their gun control argument more about national security. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Gun control has rarely been a winning general election issue for Democrats — and they know it. But the renewed focus on homeland security after the terror attacks in Paris and two mass shootings at home has given Democrats an opening to try to make it one. Democratic challengers in some of this year’s most competitive races  are appealing to Americans' fears about terrorism to broach gun control, specifically by calling out Republican incumbents for not backing New York Republican Rep. Peter T. King's bill, first introduced nine years ago, to prevent people on the terror watch list from purchasing firearms.  

"It's an easier issue to talk about because it seems so obvious and logical," a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee aide said on Dec. 4.  

Vulnerable Republican McSally Draws Democratic Challenger

McSally, a former Air Force pilot, is one of the most vulnerable incumbents in 2016 (File Photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Arizona state Rep. Victoria Steele on Tuesday became the first Democrat to launch a campaign against Rep. Martha McSally, who represents one of the districts that has national Republicans worried most.  

Steele, a former television and radio news broadcaster from Tucson, said in a post on her campaign website that she hoped to “build on the legacies” of the Democrats who held the seat until 2015, including Reps. Ron Barber and Gabrielle Giffords. “I’m running for Congress because today the deck is stacked in favor of those at the top — they’ve broken that promise of the American Dream. We need to return to that promise of opportunity for all Americans,” Steele wrote .  

EMILY's List Targets 15 Republicans for 2016

Schriock is the president of EMILY's List. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

EMILY's List put 15 GOP incumbents "On Notice" for their re-election bids Monday, naming its top GOP targets for 2016, according to a release provided first to CQ Roll Call.  

The group, which backs women who support abortion rights, says each incumbent has a bad record on women's health issues, and will make it a priority to find female recruits to challenge them next fall. The list is almost identical to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's top targets in 2016, when the party will seek to put a dent in Republicans' historic House majority.  

Freshman's Campaign Issue Gets D.C. Attention

McSally, a former A-10 fighter pilot who championed the issue, is considered a vulnerable Republican in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Arizona Rep. Martha McSally's top local campaign issue will get legislative play on Capitol Hill, just a few months into the vulnerable Republican's first term in Congress.  

McSally wants to preserve funding in the defense budget for the Air Force's A-10 Warthog fleet, the very planes she commanded as the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat. The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, a primary training facility for A-10s, sits squarely in the borders of Arizona's 2nd District and is a crucial part of her community's economy.  

DCCC Robocalls Target GOP on DHS Funding

Luján is chairman of the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will launch robocalls against more than two dozen House Republicans Tuesday over the Department of Homeland Security funding flap , according to a script of the call provided first to CQ Roll Call.  

Many of the 29 targeted Republicans represent districts atop the DCCC's list of pick up opportunities in 2016. Democrats must net 30 seats to win control of the House.  

Exclusive: NRCC Announces 12 Members in Patriot Program

Walden of Oregon is the NRCC chairman in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee announced 12 members will kick-start its Patriot Program for the House GOP's most vulnerable incumbents, according to a news release provided first to CQ Roll Call.  

Eleven of the members were elected in 2014, when Republicans made huge gains across the country. The 12 members represent districts where Democrats typically perform well in presidential cycles, making them top targets in 2016.  

McSally Win Gives Republicans Another House Seat (Updated)

McSally is a Republican from Arizona. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 1:14 p.m. | Republican Martha McSally has officially defeated Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., after a protracted recount in the Tucson-based 2nd District reaffirmed her lead .  

MsSally won the seat by 167 votes, picking up six votes after the recount, according to elections officials. Barber conceded shortly after the official tally was released.  

Martha McSally Declares Victory as Race Heads to Recount

McSally is a Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Retired Air Force Col. Martha E. McSally, a Republican, retained a small lead over Democratic Rep. Ron Barber Wednesday, as initial ballot-counting ended in Arizona's 2nd District.  

McSally leads Barber by 161 votes, according to a local affiliate . As a result, the race will automatically go to a recount, because it is within a 200-vote margin mandated by Arizona law. The Associated Press has not yet called the race in McSally's favor, but the Republican claimed victory on Wednesday night.  

Republican Concedes Tight New York House Race

Slaughter, left, is a New York Democrat. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After an election night scare, Rep. Louise M. Slaughter of New York won a 15th term Wednesday when her Republican rival conceded the race.  

The race was close — currently 869 votes  — and officials tabulated ballots for almost a week after Election Day. Slaughter's razor-slim margin over Republican Mark Assini shocked Democrats and Republicans — both of whom were surprised by the close race.