At the Races

Mining Concerns Animate Minnesota Swing District
Rick Nolan gets challenger for DFL endorsement

Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan, center, talks with Mark Froemke, right, and Wayne Fleischhacker, of the AFL-CIO, during a fish fry and fundraiser last fall. (Tom Williams/Roll Call File Photo)

First-time candidate Leah Phifer doesn’t have many policy differences with Democratic-Farmer-Labor Rep. Rick Nolan — an original co-sponsor of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act — except on one issue.

Phifer thinks her fellow Democrat has gone too far toward siding with the mining industry. The former FBI counterterrorism analyst is seeking the DFL’s endorsement for Minnesota’s 8th District and kicked off her campaign over the weekend.

De Leon to Challenge Feinstein in California Senate Race
State Senate leader says Democratic incumbent is not liberal enough

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, left, has the support of fellow California Sen. Kamala Harris. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

State Senate Leader Kevin de Leon announced Sunday this he will challenge incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein in the California Senate race.

De Leon, 50, is taking on his fellow Democrat for not being liberal enough to represent the solid blue state. In his announcement video, he highlighted his own story as the youngest child of a single immigrant mother. 

Susan Collins Passes on Gubernatorial Bid
Maine Republican senator announces she’ll stay in the Senate instead

Sen. Susan Collins talks with reporters in the basement of the Capitol before the Senate Policy luncheons last week. (Tom Williams/Roll Call)

Maine Sen. Susan Collins announced Friday morning that she will not run for governor and will instead remain in the Senate.

“I am a congenital optimist, and I continue to believe that Congress can — and will — be more productive,” Collins said at a Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast in Rockport.

Democratic Poll: Poliquin Narrowly Leads Potential Self-Funder in Maine
Lucas St. Clair leads Democratic primary field by double digits

At least six Democrats are seeking their party’s nomination to challenge Rep. Bruce Poliquin in Maine’s 2nd District. (Tom Williams/Roll Call File Photo)

At least six Democrats are running to challenge Maine Republican Bruce Poliquin in a district President Donald Trump carried by 10 points last fall. 

A new poll from the Democratic pollster Global Strategy Group gives Lucas St. Clair a double-digit lead over the rest of the Democratic primary field. The poll was paid for by “an independent organization with an interest” in the 2nd District, according to a Democratic activist in the state. 

Vulnerable Republicans Try to Navigate Immigration
Talks continue on how to address legal status of so-called Dreamers

Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo says he is working on a bipartisan immigration bill. (Bill Clark/Roll Call)

What happens to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children is an issue that could loom large for several House Republicans facing tough re-election races next year.

Doing something to help those immigrants, also known as Dreamers, could win over some voters in their districts, especially Latinos. But that could also alienate Republican voters who want stricter immigration controls.

Pro-Trump Great America Alliance Endorses in Three Senate Primaries
Rosendale, Morrisey and Blackburn received the group’s backing

Great American Alliance endorsed Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s bid for Senate on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Great America Alliance, an issue advocacy organization supporting President Donald Trump, on Wednesday made its first three Senate endorsements for the 2018 midterms.

Great America Alliance is backing Montana Auditor Matt Rosendale, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn. All three Republicans are seeking the GOP nod for Senate in their states.

Twitter Suspends Blackburn Ad for ‘Inflammatory or Provocative Content’
Candidates can say more on TV than on social media

Twitter took down tweets featuring Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s Senate campaign announcement video. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Advertising on Twitter has its advantages for campaigns — it’s much cheaper and can be more highly targeted than TV ads. But it also has unique limitations, as one campaign discovered over the weekend.

Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburnlaunched her Senate campaign last week with a nearly-three-minute announcement video published on YouTube. Her campaign embedded the same video into a promoted tweet. But Twitter suspended it for violating the company’s ad policies.

Dianne Feinstein to Run for Re-Election
The long-time senator will run for a 5th term

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., announced she is running for a fifth Senate term. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced Monday that she will run for re-election to the Senate. The California Democrat is the most senior female senator.

“I am running for reelection to the Senate,” Feinstein tweeted Monday. “Lots more to do: ending gun violence, combating climate change, access to healthcare. I’m all in!”

Tim Murphy to Resign Oct. 21 After Affair Revelations
Pennsylvania Republican had previously said he would serve out his term

Pennsylvania Rep. Tim Murphy’s upcoming departure will prompt a special election in the 18th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Tim Murphy will resign effective Oct. 21, Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s office announced Thursday, following revelations that Murphy had urged a woman with whom he had an affair to get an abortion. 

The Pennsylvania Republican announced Wednesday that he would not run for re-election, but would serve out the rest of his term. But less than 24 hours later, Ryan’s office announced Murphy had submitted a letter of resignation.

DCCC’s First National TV Buy Spotlights Paul Ryan, not Donald Trump
DCCC attacks Ryan and “establishment Republicans” for health care repeal efforts

The DCCC launched a six-figure cable TV and radio buy going after Ryan and “establishment Republicans” on health care. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched its first national TV buy on cable Thursday morning. 

The TV ad, which will run on MSNBC and CNN for one week, is part of a six-figure buy that also includes radio ads running in 11 districts for three weeks. 

Marsha Blackburn Running for Senate in Tennessee
Blackburn is jumping into the race to succeed Sen. Bob Corker

Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn, seen here at the Republican National Convention, announced she’s running for Senate.... (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn announced Thursday she’s running for the seat Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker will vacate in 2018.

“The United States Senate: it’s totally dysfunctional and it’s enough to drive you nuts. And that’s why I’ve decided to do something about it,” Blackburn said in her nearly three-minute long announcement video.  “I’m a hard core, card-carrying conservative. I’m politically incorrect and proud of it.”

New York Democrat Max Rose Raises $320,000 in House Race
Army veteran is challenging GOP Rep. Dan Donovan in 11th District

Army veteran Max Rose is one of several Democrats competing for New York’s 11th District House seat. (Courtesy Max Rose for Congress)

Army veteran Max Rose has raised more than $300,000 in the two months since he entered the race for the Democratic nomination in New York’s 11th District.

Rose is part of a crowded primary field to take on GOP Rep. Dan Donovan in the Staten Island-based district. He raised $320,000 since he launched his campaign in August, according to third quarter fundraising numbers shared exclusively with Roll Call.

Murphy Will Not Seek Re-Election Following Affair Revelations
Pennsylvania Republican announced his decision Wednesday

Pennsylvania Rep. Tim Murphy announced Wednesday he would not run for re-election after revelations about his affair. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Tim Murphy announced Wednesday that he would not seek re-election, following revelations that he urged a woman with whom he had an affair to get an abortion.

The Pennsylvania Republican said in a statement that he would not run for a ninth term in Congress. He said there was still work to be done and he would serve out the remainder of his term.

South Carolina Democrat Archie Parnell Making 2018 Announcement
Parnell lost by just 3 points in June special election for the 5th District

Archie Parnell campaigns with Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan in Rock Hill, S.C. in June. (Simone Pathé/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

South Carolina Democrat Archie Parnell is set to make a “major announcement” on Oct. 9 in his hometown of Sumter about his 2018 plans, raising the likelihood that he will make another run for the Palmetto State’s 5th District. 

Parnell will also appear at a kickoff event for the York County Democratic Party in Rock Hill the same day. 

‘Do it for Alabama!’ — Biden Campaigns for Doug Jones
Former vice president speaks at Birmingham rally

Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigned for Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate race. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., encouraged voters to think of their state when casting their ballots in the Alabama Senate race, despite the national attention on the election.

Biden traveled Tuesday to Birmingham, Ala., to speak at a rally for Democrat Doug Jones, who is running to fill former Sen. Jeff Sessions’ seat. Jones faces former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in the Dec. 12 special election.