Tossup

New York’s 19th District Neck and Neck, Poll Shows
Advantages reported fall within margin of error

Rep. John Faso, R-N.Y., participates in a news conference on immigration reform at the Capitol on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

GOP Rep. John Faso narrowly trailed his Democratic opponent in a new poll on the neck-and-neck race in New York’s 19th District.

Democratic lawyer Antonio Delgado edged Faso 45 percent to 43 percent among potential voters, a new Monmouth University Poll released Wednesday found. However, that lead and others reported all fell within the poll’s margin of error.

GOP Rep. Roskam Accuses Democratic Opponent of ‘Channeling’ Trump
Democrat Sean Casten using ‘politics of ridicule’ in race against vulnerable Illinois Republican

Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., is in a Tossup race with Democrat Sean Casten, per Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

GOP Rep. Peter Roskam of Illinois criticized his Democratic opponent in the November midterm elections by likening the Democrat’s political strategy to that of ... President Donald Trump?

That’s right: Roskam has accused Chicago suburban businessman and Democratic nominee Sean Casten of “channeling” the GOP standard-bearer on Twitter with his “hyperbolic” attacks on Republicans in Congress and a comment he made that Trump and Osama bin Laden have “a tremendous amount in common,” the Chicago Tribune reported.

Poll: Democrat Joe Donnelly Leading Trump-Backed Mike Braun in Indiana
Donnelly’s lead within the margin of error

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., held a slight lead over GOP nominee Mike Braun in a new poll. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Joe Donnelly, one of a handful of vulnerable Senate Democrats from Trump-won states up for re-election this cycle, held a slight 3-point lead over his GOP opponent in a new poll.

Donnelly paced businessman and political newcomer Mike Braun, the Republican nominee backed by President Donald Trump, 44 percent to 41 percent among likely voters, according to an NBC News/Marist poll released Wednesday.

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.

Rod Blum District Office Vandalized; Suspect In Custody
Man allegedly threw a gallon of white paint at the Iowa Republican’s office

Rep. Rod Blum’s district office was vandalized Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Rod Blum’s district office was vandalized in Dubuque, Iowa, on Wednesday. 

Cory W. Straub, 32, no permanent address, was arrested on a charge of third-degree criminal mischief, according to police.

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.

Minnesota DFL Primary Will Shape Toss-up House Race
Five candidates face off in 8th District for right to take on top GOP recruit

Former Minnesota state Rep. Joe Radinovich is running for the DFL nomination in the 8th District. (Courtesy Joe Radinovich for Congress)

Looking at a map of potential Democratic takeover opportunities, Republicans’ see their bright spot in Minnesota’s 8th District. Just how bright it is, however, could largely depend on the outcome of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party primary on Tuesday.

There are few House districts that have attracted more outside spending during the previous two cycles than Minnesota’s 8th, where DFL Rep. Rick Nolan has twice defeated businessman Stewart Mills — the last time by just half a point while President Donald Trump was carrying the seat by 16 points. 

GOP Rep. Fitzpatrick Says Putin ‘Manipulated’ Trump
Former FBI agent says he was ‘sickened’ by exchange between Trump and Putin

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., said he was “sickened” by the exchange between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit between the two heads of state in Helsinki, Finland. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

GOP Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick had harsh words over the weekend for President Donald Trump’s comments and behavior at a joint news conference last Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a sign that the president’s performance at the Helsinki, Finland, summit could be an enduring political thorn in his side.

“The president was manipulated by Vladimir Putin,” Fitzpatrick, a Pennsylvania Republican and former FBI counterintelligence agent, said Sunday on NPR. “Vladimir Putin is a master manipulator.”

Will Newly Revealed Radio Comments Hurt Jason Lewis?
Democrats attacked Minnesota Republican for similar past comments during 2016 race

Minnesota Rep. Jason Lewis was attacked during the 2016 campaign for making controversial comments about women when he was a radio talk show host. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The latest controversial comments unearthed from Minnesota Rep. Jason Lewis’ days as a talk radio host have raised questions about whether the freshman Republican will face a reckoning this fall.

Lewis is well-known for having made sexist comments similar to the ones made public by CNN on Wednesday. Those remarks were a major focus of the Democrats’ 2016 message against him in Minnesota’s 2nd District, yet he still defeated Democrat Angie Craig by 2 points.

Hurd, Democratic Challenger on Pace to Shatter Fundraising Record
GOP rep, opponent Gina Ortiz Jones projected to run one of the most expensive races in Texas history

Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Gina Ortiz Jones, his Democratic opponent this fall, project to raise a record total in campaign cash. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Four months away from Election Day, the race for Texas’ 23rd District projects to be the most expensive congressional race in the state’s history.

Democratic challenger Gina Ortiz Jones more than doubled her cash on hand in the second fundraising quarter after reeling in $1.2 million in April, May and June, her campaign announced in a news release Monday.