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‘I Haven’t Seen Any Russians,’ Arizona Candidate Says in Sputnik Interview
GOP candidate Wendy Rogers under fire for interview with Russian outlet seen as Putin propaganda tool

Wendy Rogers, candidate for Arizona’s 1st District, did an interview with a Russian state-owned news agency. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The midterm election news blitz will come to a close soon, but one Arizona Republican candidate’s interview with a Russian government-owned news agency is drawing criticism on Election Day. 

Wendy Rogers did an interview earlier this month with Sputnik News, which NATO officials have accused of being part of a “Kremlin propaganda machine” distributing biased articles and “misinformation” to influence political opinion around the world.

New Member: Democrat O'Halleran Replaces Kirkpatrick in Arizona’s 1st District
Kirkpatrick vacated her House seat to run for the Senate

Democrat Tom O'Halleran will replace Anne Kirkpatrick in Congress. (Photo courtesy Tom O'Halleran Facebook page)

Democrat Tom O’Halleran will defeat Republican Paul Babeu in Arizona’s 1st District, The Associated Press projects. 

O’Halleran led Babeu 50 percent to 44 percent with 62 percent of precincts reporting. 

Ratings Change: 5 House Races Shift Toward Democrats
But Democrats are still waiting for wave required to win majority

The good news for Republicans is that the bottom hasn’t fallen out from underneath their down-ballot candidates. The bad news is that there are still nearly three weeks left before Election Day, and 24 hours in each day for Donald Trump to torpedo the party’s chances of holding the House.

District-level polling after the release of the 2005 “Access Hollywood” video and the second debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton showed some vulnerability for Republicans, particularly in suburban districts. But we didn’t see a widespread cratering of GOP candidates in the competitive districts or evidence that the number of competitive seats is increasing dramatically.

Ratings Changes in 12 Competitive House Races
6 races shift toward Democrats but 6 improve for Republicans

Iowa Rep. David Young's' re-election contest in the state's 3rd District moves from Tossup to Tilts Republican, according to The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call's latest race rating. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With five weeks to go before Election Day, Democrats are still waiting for Donald Trump to create the nationwide swell that would be necessary to put the Republicans’ House majority into play. House races are often late to engage but, thus far, the developments have been a mixed bag for Democrats, keeping sizable gains out of reach.

The lack of vulnerable Democrats — and the resiliency of many Republican incumbents in the face of an unpopular presidential nominee — could amount to a historic election in the House, but not in the way one might think. The cycle could produce the fewest number of House seats to flip party control in 60 years.

When Campaigning Means Not Knowing About Your Potential Job
Another wave of outsiders attack insiders for justifiable behavior in Congress

Some House and Senate challengers display an outright ignorance of the place where they hope to make their new careers, writes David Hawkings. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Phi Beta Kappa biochemist doesn’t press for admission to medical school by deriding its faculty as lazy and the curriculum as behind the times. And the collegiate business whiz doesn’t bid for a spot in a Wall Street training program by labeling the current partners as self-serving and their investment strategy as all wrong.

What makes the would-be member of Congress so different? When did it become more than tolerable for these candidates to base their campaigns not only on derision and disrespect for Capitol Hill — but also on outright ignorance of the place where they hope to make their new careers?