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Donna Shalala Could Be Coming to Congress
Former Clinton Cabinet secretary won Democratic nod in Florida’s 27th District

Former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala won the Democratic nod for Florida’s 27th District on Tuesday night. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images file photo)

Former Clinton Cabinet secretary Donna Shalala has won the Democratic nomination in Florida’s open 27th District, one of the party’s best pickup opportunities this cycle.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the former Health and Human Services secretary led with 32 percent of the vote, according to The Associated Press. State Rep. David Richardson, who had tried to claim the mantle as the most progressive candidate in the race, finished second with 28 percent in the five-way primary.

Republican Main Street Partnership Backs Four More Candidates
Three of the four endorsees are women

Republican Main Street Partnership is endorsing West Virginia state Del. Carol Miller in the 3rd District after originally backing one of her opponents in the primary. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Republican PAC that supports lawmakers from the “governing wing of the GOP” is endorsing four more candidates Monday.

The Republican Main Street Partnership’s endorsement comes with a $5,000 PAC check. The group made its first 10 nonincumbent endorsements in April. Three of those endorsees have since lost their primaries. 

Democratic Candidates Open Up About Sexual Abuse in Campaign Videos
Sol Flores and Mary Barzee Flores have made their stories part of their campaign messages

Sol Flores, who is seeking the Democratic nomination in Illinois’ 4th District, talks in a campaign ad about being sexually assaulted as a child. (Screenshot of Sol Flores ad)

When Sol Flores sat down with her campaign team to talk through the messaging of her story, she envisioned the Chicago apartment where she grew up, specifically her bedroom. 

The Illinois Democrat told her team about the man who lived with her family when she was 11 years old, who would come into her bedroom at night — sometimes touching himself, sometimes touching her. 

Could More House Retirements Imperil GOP Majority in 2018?
Retirements of three moderates spark fears about more leaving

Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent’s decision makes the race for his 15th District seat more competitive. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House retirements are a staple of each election cycle. But the decision by three moderate Republicans not to seek re-election is worrying party members, already nervous about holding the majority in 2018.

“You hate to have an open seat in what you know is going to be a bad year,” said Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole, a former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Advocacy Group Targets 29 Republicans Ahead of Health Care Vote
American Action Network is making a final six-figure push in support of AHCA

American Action Network’s latest digital campaign targets Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who has come out against leadership’s health care plan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

An advocacy group with close ties to House leadership is launching a final push to pressure 29 Republicans to support the GOP health care plan ahead of an expected vote later this week.

Some of those lawmakers have indicated they won’s support the bill.

Democrats Recruit Ros-Lehtinen Challenger
First-time candidate is open about his colorful past

Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen didn't have a Democratic challenger in 2014. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In an effort to expand the playing field, national Democrats have recruited a candidate to challenge Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Florida's 27th District, who didn't have a Democratic challenger in 2014.  

Scott Fuhrman, a third-generation fruit-juice bottler, will announce his candidacy in a web video Friday, according to The Miami Herald .