DCCC Picks Easily Win Democratic Nods in New Jersey
Sen. Menendez underwhelms in primary win over little-known challenger

New Jersey Democrat Mikie Sherrill, seen here marching in a March for our Lives event in Morristown in March, won the party nomination for the open 11th District seat. (Simone Pathé/Roll Call file photo)

Former Navy pilot and prosecutor Mikie Sherrill easily secured the Democratic nod for New Jersey’s open 11th District seat Tuesday night.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, she had 77 percent of the vote over four other Democrats, according to The Associated Press. Family advocate Tamara Harris, who had financial backing from the Congressional Black Caucus PAC and California Sen. Kamala Harris, came in second with 15 percent.

Democrats Identify Vulnerable Members for 2018
DCCC names 19 incumbents to Frontline Program

New Hampshire Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, chairwoman of the DCCC’s Frontline Program, is herself a Frontline member heading into 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Monday is naming 19 members to the Frontline Program for its most vulnerable incumbents in 2018.

The initial Frontline roster, obtained first by Roll Call, is about half freshman members. Eight members won in districts President Donald Trump carried last fall. And all of them, save for one, are National Republican Congressional Committee initial targets.

NRCC Goes After Blue-Collar Districts in 2018
GOP campaign arm releases list of 36 initial targets

Rep. Tim Walz speaks with guests during a campaign event in Duluth for fellow Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan last fall. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee’s initial list of offensive targets for 2018 includes 36 Democrat-held districts, many in blue-collar areas of the country.

If Democrats are targeting the well-educated suburbs (see New Jersey’s 11th District, for example), where Donald Trump either barely won or underperformed, Republicans are going after many rural districts where Hillary Clinton underperformed the congressional ticket. 

Newest Blue Dog Sides with GOP on Repeal of Midnight Rules
Democrat Josh Gottheimer campaigned as a fiscal conservative

New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer was one of only four Democrats to vote for legislation allowing for the repeal of recent regulations finalized by the Obama administration. (Courtesy Josh Gottheimer Facebook page)

The three Blue Dog Democrats who voted for the Republican-backed Midnight Rules Relief Act last November had some new company Wednesday night, when the House again passed California Rep. Darrell Issa’s reintroduced legislation.

The House voted 238-184 to allow Congress to repeal en bloc multiple regulations approved in the last 60 legislative days of President Barack Obama’s administration. 

What Happened to Scott Garrett?
Rep.-elect Gottheimer says outgoing N.J. congressman won’t talk transition

New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett hasn't been seen much around the Capitol since his loss. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New Jersey Rep.-elect Josh Gottheimer says Rep. Scott Garrett, whom he defeated last month, is refusing to speak about the transition.

Gottheimer told The Record of Bergen County that he’s reached out to Garrett, but he hasn’t heard a word. Garrett’s staff also moved out of his office space.

Republican Scott Garrett Defeated in New Jersey’s 5th District
Democrat Josh Gottheimer unseats the longtime incumbent

Republican Rep. Scott Garrett of New Jersey has lost re-election to Democratic challenger Josh Gottheimer. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrat Josh Gottheimer will defeat Republican Scott Garrett in New Jersey’s 5th District, The Associated Press projects. 

Gottheimer led Garrett, 51 percent to 47 percent, with 97 percent of precincts reporting.

Don't Blame Trump for These Imperiled Republicans
Some down-ballot Republicans are in tough spots because of faults of their own

Democrats have seized on comments New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett made about his opposition to gay candidates. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Not all down-ballot Republicans can blame Trump for making their elections in typically red districts competitive. A few of them have themselves to blame.

Chief among them is New Jersey’s Scott Garrett. His 5th District seat wouldn’t normally be a top Democratic target, but Democrats have spent millions trying to unseat the seven-term Republican this year. They’re going after his 2015 comments about not paying his dues to the National Republican Congressional Committee to protest the committee’s support for gay candidates. 

Ratings Change: 7 House Races Shift Toward Democrats
But one change toward Republicans isn’t particularly good news for majority chances

California Rep. Jeff Denham faces a competitive re-election fight with less than two weeks before Nov. 8. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

When nearly 90 percent of the batch of House ratings changes are in your favor, it’s normally great news. But with a limited House playing field, Democrats need to win virtually all of the competitive seats, and some initial takeover targets look like they are slipping out of reach.

In the most recent set of ratings changes by The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call, seven races shift toward the Democrats. Takeover prospects improved in a couple of California districts (the 10th and 49th), a couple of districts with weakened GOP incumbents (Florida’s 7th and New Jersey’s 5th), and two suburban districts (Kansas’ 3rd and Pennsylvania’s 8th).

Garrett Challenger Breaks Fundraising Record
Josh Gottheimer raised more money than any House candidate in New Jersey

New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett became a target of Democrats after he said he wouldn't pay dues to the NRCC because it supported openly gay candidates. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican Rep. Scott Garrett's Democratic challenger broke a fundraising record for House candidates from New Jersey.

Josh Gottheimer, a former Microsoft executive and White House speechwriter, raised $1.1 million in the most recent fundraising quarter, which ended Sept. 30, bringing his total amount of money raised to $4 million.

Democratic Poll: Gottheimer Leads Garrett in New Jersey
House Majority PAC has invested nearly $1.5M to oust GOP congressman

New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett, left, has been a top target of the House Majority PAC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democrats are making New Jersey's 5th District a top target this year, and new polling from the House Majority PAC suggests that the group's investment in the district's expensive media market may be paying off. 

Democrat Josh Gottheimer led seven-term Republican Rep. Scott Garrett 48 percent to 41 percent in the poll released Tuesday by the Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group.