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

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. 

Only Woman in Crowded Tennessee GOP Primary Touts Her Combat Experience
Ashley Nickloes, candidate in 2nd District, released her first ad Thursday

Democrats aren’t the only ones with female veterans who are dipping their toes into politics for the first time year by deciding to run for Congress. 

Republican Ashley Nickloes, a lieutenant colonel in the Tennessee Air National Guard, is highlighting her combat aviation experience in her first TV ad that debuted on broadcast Thursday in the Knoxville media market. The starting buy is 550 gross ratings points.

At the Races: The Unlikely Team Behind a 2018 Star
Our weekly newsletter on congressional campaigns

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AFL-CIO Chief Warns Red to Blue Candidates That Being a Democrat Isn’t Enough
Richard Trumka met with candidates and leadership at DCCC on Thursday

House Democratic candidates in town this week for training at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington got a visit from AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka for some tips on how they can win back working-class voters.

“I don’t have to tell you that you can’t count on the D next to your name to gain our support,” Trumka told Democratic leadership and a room full of candidates on Red to Blue, the DCCC’s program for its strongest candidates.

Does a Clinton Campaign Staffer Stand a Chance in Trump Country?
Talley Sergent banks on her West Virginia roots in bid to unseat Rep. Alex Mooney

RIPLEY, W.Va. — There are few places where Hillary Clinton is more toxic than West Virginia. 

So why does a former Clinton campaign staffer think she stands any chance of flipping a House district here?

New Democrats’ PAC Endorses 13 More Candidates
NewDemPAC is now backing 27 hopefuls, most running for GOP-held seats

The political arm of the moderate New Democrat Coalition is endorsing 13 more candidates on Thursday, bringing to 27 the PAC’s current endorsements for the 2018 cycle.

The endorsed candidates, whose names were obtained first by Roll Call, are all running in GOP-held seats. Each candidate received a maximum contribution of $5,000 for their primary, with the endorsement now signaling additional support to come for the general election. 

The Unlikely Campaign Behind Richard Ojeda’s Rise in West Virginia
Democrat’s campaign manager was still driving a tractor trailer three months ago

LOGAN, W.Va. — Richard Ojeda has become one of the stars of the 2018 midterms.

First, the national media latched on to this Trump-voting Democrat, and now the national party is behind him too. A recent independent poll found him ahead here in southern West Virginia’s coal-mining 3rd District that President Donald Trump carried by nearly 50 points in 2016.

At the Races: Take Me Home, Country Roads
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

Manchin, Morrisey Sweat Over West Virginia Voters in Heart of Trump Country
Senate campaigns in marquee race hit July Fourth parade circuit

RIPLEY, W.Va. — It was just one of hundreds of handshakes, a momentary truce before the battle that will escalate after the July Fourth recess.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, the Republican nominee for Senate, stood patiently waiting Wednesday for Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III to finish his conversation with a Gold Star mother.

At the Races: Checkmate for the King of Queens
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

Malinowski Neck-and-Neck With Lance in Internal Poll
Clinton narrowly carried five-term GOP incumbent’s district in 2016

A new poll by New Jersey Democrat Tom Malinowski showed him narrowly leading five-term Republican Rep. Leonard Lance in the 7th District. 

Malinowski, the former assistant secretary of State for democracy, human rights and labor, led the incumbent, 47 percent to 45 percent, in the survey obtained first by Roll Call. Seven percent of likely voters were undecided. 

After Crowley's Defeat, Which Democrats Could Go Down Next?
Michael Capuano facing high-profile primary challenge in Massachusetts

After the shocking primary defeat Tuesday night of the first Democratic incumbent of the cycle, attention immediately shifted to Massachusetts Rep. Michael E. Capuano

The 10-term Democrat has been facing a primary challenge from Ayanna Pressley, the first woman of color elected to the Boston City Council, for much of this year in his safe Democratic district.

New York’s Yvette Clarke Narrowly Survives Primary Challenge
Brooklyn lawmaker and other New York City Democrats avoid Crowley’s fate

New York Rep. Yvette D. Clarke narrowly survived a primary challenge in the 9th District on Tuesday night. 

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Clarke led community organizer Adem Bunkeddeko, 52 percent to 48 percent, when The Associated Press called the race.

David Trone, Largest Self-Funder in House History, Wins Democratic Nod in Maryland
Wine magnate has spent nearly $25 million of his money on two Maryland primaries

Wine magnate David Trone, who poured nearly $12 million of his own money into the primary for Maryland’s open 6th District, won the Democratic nomination Tuesday night.

With 96 percent of precincts reporting, Trone led the eight-way race with 41 percent of the vote when The Associated Press called the race. State Del. Aruna Miller was in second with 30 percent.

GOP Runoff Victors Are Likely New Members of Congress
Mississippi’s Michael Guest and South Carolina’s William Timmons win comfortably

With victories in primary runoffs in Mississippi and South Carolina on Tuesday night, a pair of Republicans are likely heading to Congress next year. 

Michael Guest has won the Republican primary runoff in Mississippi’s open 3rd District, which GOP incumbent Gregg Harper is retiring after five terms.

Ohio’s Jim Renacci Echoes Trump on Harley Davidson
Former Harley Davidson dealer features motorcycles prominently in his ads

Ohio Republican James B. Renacci, a former Harley Davidson dealer, is trying to ride President Donald Trump’s protectionist trade measures to victory in the Ohio Senate race.

The recent trade dispute with Harley Davidson is just the latest example.

What to Watch in Tuesday’s Primaries
Five states hold primaries, and two host primary runoffs

Incumbents will be on defense and challengers in key House races will face their first tests in Tuesday’s primaries, as voters in seven states head to the polls. 

Five states are holding their regularly scheduled primaries, while Republicans in Mississippi and South Carolina will weigh in on House primary runoffs. Tuesday will also determine whether 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former Rep. Michael G. Grimm, a convicted felon, can jump-start their political comebacks. 

South Carolina’s Katie Arrington Seriously Injured in Car Crash
Democrat Joe Cunningham has suspended campaign activities

South Carolina state Rep. Katie Arrington, the GOP nominee in the 1st District, was seriously injured in a car accident Friday night and remained in critical but stable condition Saturday afternoon. 

Arrington defeated GOP Rep. Mark Sanford in a primary earlier this month. Her Democratic opponent, Joe Cunningham, tweeted Saturday morning that he's suspending campaign activities until further notice.