endorsement-watch

Wisconsin Democrat Randy Bryce Snubbed by Brother in New Ad
Paul Ryan-aligned super PAC put out the ad in speaker’s home district

James Bryce, the brother of Wisconsin Democratic congressional candidate Randy Bryce, endorsed his brother’s opponent, Bryan Steil, a former aide to Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis. (CLFSuperPAC/YouTube)

Strangers from around the country have poured millions of dollars into Democratic congressional candidate Randy Bryce’s campaign after his video announcing a grass-roots bid against Speaker Paul D. Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st District went viral.

But the “Iron Stache,” as he has been nicknamed on the web, has not managed to secure the support of someone much closer to home: his brother.

Willie Nelson to Headline Rally for Texas Senate Candidate Beto O’Rourke
It will be 85-year-old country music legend's first-ever performance at a free, rally-style event for a political candidate

Texas Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke plays with country music legend Willie Nelson at a concert in July. (From @BetoORourke)

Willie Nelson may be getting up there in years, but there’s always time for firsts.

And for the first time ever, the 85-year-old country music star will take the stage to perform on behalf of a political candidate at a free-admission campaign rally.

Dem Rep. Cuellar Asks Supporters to Donate to Vulnerable Republican
GOP Rep. John Carter is facing a tough challenger from Democrat M.J. Hegar in Texas’ 31st District

Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, raised eyebrows for attending a fundraiser breakfast for vulnerable Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, and asking his supporters to contribute to Carter’s re-election campaign. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas invited his supporters to attend a fundraising breakfast for neighboring Texas Rep. John Carter on Tuesday.

The hook: Carter is a Republican in what experts expect to be one of the closest congressional races in the state.

Big Sky Trip Highlights Trump’s Focus on Senate Races
President also involved in gubernatorial races, Pence takes House contests

President Donald Trump at the White House in July. He will spend part of Thursday and Friday in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota campaigning and raising funds for GOP Senate and gubernatorial candidates. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Donald Trump will return to Montana on Thursday night for another political rally aimed at ousting incumbent Democrat Jon Tester, part of the president’s midterm focus on keeping the Senate under Republican control.

White House and Trump campaign officials have signaled Trump will hit as many as eight states this month alone before picking up the pace in October as the midterm campaign enters its final sprint. Trump will continue to publicly stump for Republican Senate and gubernatorial incumbents and candidates, while Vice President Mike Pence primarily focuses on competitive House races.

Rivals No More, Trump Heading to Texas to Help Cruz
Senator once called president a 'pathological liar' and 'serial philanderer'

Then-Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, at a rally organized by Tea Party Patriots on Capitol Hill on Sept. 9, 2015. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Donald Trump announced Friday he will campaign in October for one of his toughest 2016 GOP primary foes, Sen. Ted Cruz, who once called the president a “pathological liar.”

The president tweeted that “Ted has my complete and total Endorsement,” and gave his opponent, Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke, the signature Trump treatment.

Koch Network Endorses 8 GOP House Members in Competitive Races
Conservative megadonors have pivoted their political strategy, raised Trump’s ire

Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., is one of the House members who Americans for Prosperity announced it would support. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The political arm of the Koch conservative brothers’ network announced the House candidates it would support as it shifts its political strategy.

Americans for Prosperity named eight members of Congress in competitive races as its “policy champions.”

Political Correctness Like ‘Cancer,’ Kelli Ward Says After McCain’s Death
Ward’s Republican Senate primary in Arizona is Tuesday

Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward said political correctness is like “cancer” just two days after her former opponent, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., died of cancer. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward appeared to taunt Sen. John McCain in a tweet just two days after the longtime senator died of glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer.

“Political correctness is like a cancer!” Ward, a former state senator who is locked in Arizona’s heated GOP primary to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake, tweeted Monday.

Mitt Romney to Stump for Rep. Mia Love in Utah
More than 40 elected officials to join vulnerable GOP rep on stage Friday

Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, will host Senate candidate Mitt Romney at a rally Friday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Mia Love is getting an assist Friday from former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who will speak at Love’s campaign rally in Thanksgiving Point, Utah.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential nominee, won the Republican primary in June to replace retiring Sen. Orrin G. Hatch.

Katko: Russia Investigation Is ‘Not a Witch Hunt’
GOP congressman says he doesn’t want Trump’s endorsement

Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., said he will not seek President Donald Trump’s endorsement. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New York Republican Rep. John Katko pushed back against President Donald Trump’s assertion that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is a “witch hunt.”

Asked about Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s conviction on bank fraud and tax evasion charges and former attorney Michael Cohen’s plea deal with feds, Katko, a former federal prosecutor, said, “I think it’s dangerous to speculate in the midst of an investigation but certainly the facts of the last 24 hours give rise to some concern. When people around you are starting to get themselves convicted, that’s obviously a point of concern,” Syracuse.com reported.

Rep. Rohrabacher Will Donate Manafort’s Campaign Contribution to Local Charity
California GOP rep received $1,000 from Manafort in 2013, when he was working for Russia-sympathetic Ukrainian president

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., will divert a $1,000 campaign contribution from convicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher pledged last November to purge his campaign coffers of the $1,000 donation Paul Manafort made to his re-election campaign in the 2014 cycle if the 2016 Trump campaign chairman was found guilty of federal charges.

The California Republican will follow through on that promise, a campaign spokesman told Roll Call, after an Eastern Virginia jury handed down guilty verdicts Tuesday on eight counts charging Manafort with tax evasion from 2010 to 2014 and bank loan fraud in March 2016.