Bridget Bowman

Sitting NYC Democrats Under Fire From Their Own
Four Democrats are facing spirited primary challenges — a rarity this cycle

Outsize Democratic energy has been directed at unseating Republicans this election cycle, but in New York City, Democrats are taking aim at their own. Four veteran lawmakers are unloading their campaign war chests to fend off intraparty opponents. 

These Democrats aren’t worried about losing their primaries Tuesday. They say they’re simply taking their races seriously. But it’s a new experience for some incumbents, who have rarely faced contested primaries. 

At the Races: The Fight for the Forgotten Borough
Our weekly newsletter on congressional campaigns

Welcome to At the Races! You can keep track of House and Senate races with this weekly newsletter by subscribing here. We want to hear what you think. Email us at attheraces@cqrollcall.com with your questions, tips or candidate sightings. —Simone Pathé and Bridget Bowman

Podcast: What the Congressional Softball Game Says About Lawmakers
Political Theater, Episode 24

Journalists and lawmakers face off at the annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game, an event that Roll Call political Reporter Bridget Bowman and Texas Tribune Bureau Chief Abby Livingston say provides a respite from Capitol Hill partisanship. ...
An Ex-Con Looks for a Comeback in New York’s 11th District
But first, Michael Grimm needs to defeat Rep. Dan Donovan in the GOP primary

It’s been 90 years since someone with a criminal conviction was elected to the House. But one felon could jump-start his congressional comeback if he wins a Republican primary next week.

GOP voters in New York’s 11th District head to the polls Tuesday to choose between Rep. Dan Donovan and former Rep. Michael G. Grimm, who resigned his seat in early 2015 and served seven months in prison after pleading guilty to tax evasion.

Can a Felon Make a Congressional Comeback? What to Watch in New York's 11th District Primary
 

Former Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., resigned from Congress in 2015 after being charged with tax fraud. He served eight months in prison and is now running for Congress in the same district. He's challenging Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., in the GOP primary on Tuesday. Senior political reporter Bridget Bowman breaks down what to watch for in this competitive race....
Judge Rules Ann Kirkpatrick Lives in Tucson, Can Stay on Primary Ballot
Arizona Democrat is seeking a comeback from 2nd District

Former Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick does live in Tucson, a judge ruled Tuesday in a lawsuit challenging her residency in the 2nd District. The lawsuit, financed by one of her Democratic primary opponents, had attempted to remove her from the primary ballot.

Former state Rep. Matt Heinz, the losing 2016 Democratic nominee for the seat, helped fund the lawsuit that alleged Kirkpatrick falsely claimed in campaign documents that she lived in Tucson. Candidates are not required to live in the districts they are running in, but the plaintiffs alleged Kirkpatrick violated state law that required candidates to accurately reflect their residency on nominating papers.

DCCC Raises $11.3 Million in May
House Democrats’ campaign arm has brought in $162 million so far this cycle

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $11.3 million in May, exceeding its monthly total at the same point during the last election cycle by more than $3 million. 

The committee raised $3.3 million in total from online donations, according to figures shared first with Roll Call. Democrats say the amount of online donations — which involve 360,000 first-time donors so far this election cycle — are indicative of energy among the party base. 

Pro-Trump Super PAC Jumps Into Primary to Back Dan Donovan
America First Action is spending on direct mail and digital campaign

A super PAC aligned with President Donald Trump is coming to the defense of New York Rep. Dan Donovan, who is facing a Republican primary threat from his predecessor, former Rep. Michael G. Grimm

America First Action will spend $166,000 on direct mail, phone banking, and a digital campaign to support Donovan in the Staten Island-based 11th District, according to figures from the group. 

At the Races: He’s Off the Trail
Our weekly newsletter on congressional campaigns

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Why Republicans Aren’t Sweating After 2 Incumbents Lose Primaries
For one, GOP lawmakers who publicly criticize Trump are getting scarcer

The defeat of one of the party’s most notorious political survivors this week wasn’t enough to scare House Republicans.

South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford, the disgraced former governor, had never lost an election before Tuesday. But his criticism of President Donald Trump did him in.

Nevada Primaries Set Up GOP House Targets
Horsford, Hardy set up rematch in 4th District

Republicans are largely on defense this election cycle, but they’re targeting two open seats in Nevada, where voters selected their general election candidates Tuesday night.

In the 4th District, two former one-term seat holders — Democrat Steven Horsford and Republican Cresent Hardy — easily won their respective primaries. In the 3rd District, perennial GOP candidate Danny Tarkanian and Democrat Susie Lee advanced to what is also expected to be a competitive fall race.

Kelly Armstrong Wins GOP Primary for At-Large North Dakota Seat
Incumbent Rep. Ken Cramer is running for Senate

State Sen. Kelly Armstrong won the Republican primary for North Dakota’s at-large House seat Tuesday night, and heads into November as the strong favorite.

With 9 percent of precincts reporting, he had 54 percent of the vote when The Associated Press called the race.

Races to Watch in This Tuesday’s Primaries
Voters in five states head to the polls

Voters in five states head to the polls Tuesday, with most of the action in House primaries.

Republican Rep. Mark Sanford is facing a party challenge for his South Carolina seat. Nominees will be chosen in a half-dozen other competitive House races. And a new voting process will be tested in Maine.

Two Former Lawmakers Aim for Rematch in Nevada’s 4th District
First hurdle will be Tuesday’s primaries

Nevada’s 4th District could host a rematch between two former one-term members of Congress. And both know what it’s like to lose.

Democrat Steven Horsford and Republican Cresent Hardy are considered the front-runners in their respective primary races Tuesday. Should they win, the general election would be a rematch of 2014, when Hardy ousted Horsford in a surprise only to lose the seat two years later.

Ann Kirkpatrick Opponent Funding Lawsuit Challenging Her Residency
Lawsuit alleges ex-congresswoman falsely claimed she lives in southern Arizona

House hopeful Matt Heinz is seeking to knock former Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick off the Democratic primary ballot in Arizona’s 2nd District, funding a lawsuit that alleges she falsely claimed on her nominating papers that she lives in Tucson.

Heinz and Kirkpatrick are both vying for the Tucson-area open seat in southeastern Arizona that GOP Rep. Martha McSally is vacating to run for Senate.

Donovan, Grimm Clash over Possibility of Trump Pardon
Grimm accused Donovan of trying to push Grimm out of the race

GOP Rep. Dan Donovan brought up the possibility of pardoning former GOP Rep. Michael Grimm with President Donald Trump, the New York Republican said during a debate with Grimm on Monday.

Donovan said he informed Trump that former GOP Rep. Guy Molinari would be reaching out to the White House about pardoning Grimm, but said Trump was “disinterested once he heard Guy was a never-Trumper.”

At the Races: Primary Hangovers Are Real
Our weekly newsletter on congressional campaigns

Welcome to At the Races! You can keep track of House and Senate races with this weekly newsletter by subscribing here. We want to hear what you think. Email us at attheraces@cqrollcall.com with your questions, tips or candidate sightings. —Simone Pathé and Bridget Bowman

The Central Valley Surprise: Why Democrats Came Close to a Shutout
A second Republican performed well in California’s 10th — and no one saw it coming

Democrats in Southern California faced a real threat of not making the general ballot in certain races before Tuesday’s primaries. But no one saw that coming in the Central Valley.

Democrats laser-focused on three races in Southern California, but not on the 10th District in the Central Valley, held by Republican Rep. Jeff Denham

NRCC, DCCC Chairmen to Meet About Use of Hacked Materials
Stivers, Luján differ on use of stolen materials already in the public domain

The two men leading each party’s House campaign committees will meet Thursday to discuss the use of hacked materials in campaigns, they said at a Wall Street Journal/NBC News event Thursday morning. 

“We want to try to figure out if there’s a way to come together on all this stuff,” National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers of Ohio said at the event at the Newseum that featured the chairmen of the House and Senate campaign committees.