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Trump Pledges to Campaign for Moore if Strange Loses
Strange was originally a ‘no’ on repeal-and-replace efforts, president says

President Donald Trump is backing Alabama Sen. Luther Strange in the Senate GOP runoff. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

President Donald Trump traveled south Friday night to urge Alabamians to vote for Sen. Luther Strange in next week’s Senate Republican primary runoff. But he said he would campaign for Strange’s opponent if Strange loses.

Strange, who was appointed to the seat, faces former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore on Tuesday to serve out the rest of former Sen. Jeff Sessions’ term. Sessions is now Trump’s attorney general. Moore has been leading in public polls, and Strange’s allies hoped Trump’s visit to the state could boost turnout in the senator’s favor.

Carson Praises Moore, Breaking With Trump on Alabama Senate Race
Stops short of a formal endorsement

HUD Secretary Ben Carson praised Judge Roy Moore in a statement. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A member of President Donald Trump’s own Cabinet appears to be breaking with him in the GOP runoff in the Alabama Senate Race.

Hours before Trump travels to the state to headline a rally for Sen. Luther Strange, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson praised former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who is vying for the GOP nomination. Trump has backed Strange, Moore’s opponent. Strange was appointed to the seat after former Sen. Jeff Sessions became the U.S. attorney general.

Former Governor, Senate Candidate Announces Bid for Reichert’s Seat
Washington Republican Dino Rossi lost three statewide races in six-year stretch

Washington state Sen. Dino Rossi announced Thursday he will run for the open 8th District House seat. (Tom Williams/Roll Call via Getty Images File Photo)

Dino Rossi at first did not succeed. So he tried … and tried … and tried again.

And now, the Washington Republican state senator, who lost two races for governor (2004, 2008) and one for the U.S. Senate (2010), is giving national politics another shot.

State Medicaid Directors Say Graham-Cassidy ‘Fails to Deliver’
Group that represents Medicaid directors in all 50 states says bill shouldn’t be rushed

From left, Sens. Bill Cassidy, Dean Heller, Ron Johnson and Lindsey Graham hold a news conference to discuss block grant funding for health care Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

State Medicaid directors voiced their opposition Thursday to the latest effort in the Senate to repeal the 2010 health care law.

The National Association of Medicaid Directors, a group that represents the directors of all 50 states, urged Senate Republicans to reconsider their support of the new repeal bill sponsored by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Louisiana’s Bill Cassidy.

Trump Not Present, Still Center Stage at Alabama Senate Race
Strange and Moore showcase their closing arguments to voters

Judge Roy Moore has been leading in public polling. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The two GOP candidates in the Alabama Senate race came face-to-face Thursday night in an unusual debate, but President Donald Trump and his agenda took center stage.

The debate highlighted a central struggle in the race between Sen. Luther Strange, the candidate Trump has endorsed, and Judge Roy Moore, who has the backing of some of Trump’s allies and supporters who decry the D.C. establishment.

Blue Dog PAC Endorses Eight Democrats for 2018
Blue Dogs’ numbers ticked up in 2016

The Blue Dog PAC endorsed former Rep. Brad Ashford on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Blue Dog Coalition’s PAC backed eight Democratic House challengers Thursday in its first round of endorsements of the 2018 cycle. 

Endorsements come with a $5,000 check — the maximum a PAC is allowed to contribute to a federal candidate per election. The PAC can cut each candidate another $5,000 check if they clear the primary and run in the general election.

Van Hollen Confident Dems Will Invest in Alabama Special Election
'We have a terrific candidate' in Doug Jones, Maryland senator says

Sen. Chris Van Hollen, the chairman of the DSCC, said he thinks Doug Jones will energize voters to turn out, but “I’m not sure, after a bitter Republican primary, that’s going to be the case on the Republican side.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Chris Van Hollen believes Democrats will invest in their candidate in the Alabama special election to fill the remaining term of former Sen. Jeff Sessions, President Donald Trump’s attorney general.

And as the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which will fight to retain current and capture new Senate seats in 2018, Van Hollen’s word carries considerable weight.

Strange Still Dogged By Corruption Accusations Five Days Before Runoff
Two Alabama state reps are accusing the senator of a coverup

Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., faces former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in the Republican runoff for the Alabama Senate seat formerly held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Five days before his showdown with Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in the Republican primary runoff for the Alabama Senate special election, Sen. Luther Strange still finds himself batting away corruption accusations from state legislators in Montgomery.

State Reps. Ed Henry and Mike Ball, both Republicans, voiced concern at a joint news conference Wednesday regarding Strange’s role in an investigation that saw the conviction of former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard on 11 corruption charges.

Kid Rock Trailing Stabenow by 18 Points in New Poll
Earlier polls had shown the rock-rapper closer to incumbent Michigan Democratic senator

Kid Rock, center, poses with Jon Pardi, left, and Tyler Hubbard at the CMT Music awards in Nashville in June. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT file photo)

As he continues to consider a Senate run, Kid Rock got some bad news that a new poll shows him trailing Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow significantly in a potential race in Michigan.

The poll, conducted by Marketing Resource Group, shows Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, trailing Stabenow by 18 points. That is a sizable difference from other polls, such as one from August that showed Ritchie with an 8-point deficit

House Democratic Candidates Capitalize on Graham-Cassidy
House hopefuls appealing to Republican senators to vote against repealing 2010 health care law

Former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona tweeted a photo of herself calling her state's Republican senators. (Ann Kirkpatrick via Twitter)

Democratic House candidates are trying to appeal to Republican senators in their states as the GOP prepares for another vote to repeal the 2010 health care law.

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it is his intention to vote next week on the health care legislation spearheaded by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana.