special-election

3 Things to Watch in the Mississippi Senate Runoff
Will the Democrats pull off another Alabama on Tuesday?

Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith has campaigned on her strong support for President Donald Trump. Above, the two rally in Tupelo on Monday. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

This time last year, Democrats were becoming increasingly optimistic about flipping a Senate seat in a deep-red state.

And by running against an alleged pedophile, they did — just barely. Doug Jones defeated Republican Roy Moore, who was accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with minors, by a point and a half in an Alabama special election runoff.

Trump Hails ‘Nasty Looking’ Border Wire in Stump for Hyde-Smith
President tries to keep Mississippi Senate seat in GOP hands

President Donald Trump, here at a rally in Kentucky in March 2017, was back on the midterms campaign trail Monday night in Mississippi. (George LeVines/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump fired up a Mississippi rally crowd Monday by referring to barbed-wire fences erected by military troops along the U.S.-Mexico border as “pretty nasty.”

He also ignored General Motors announcing it intends to stop production of several models of automobiles in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland, instead claiming “many” companies are “negotiating to come back in.” He also contended, despite the GM news, that jobs are “coming into Mississippi — and everywhere else, by the way.”

Hyde-Smith Says Her Public Hanging Comments Were ‘Twisted’
Mississippi senator and Mike Espy debated a week before special election

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith did not address the media after Tuesday’s debate, instead sending fellow Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker onstage in her place. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With less than a week to go until a special election in Mississippi that’s attracted outsize national attention, both Senate candidates in Tuesday’s debate at times looked unaccustomed to the spotlight.

Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith, who was appointed to the open Senate seat earlier this year, didn’t even bother taking press questions after the debate concluded. Mississippi’s other GOP senator, Roger Wicker, came onstage in her place.

Tina Smith Wins Minnesota Special Election for Franken Seat
Democrat beats a Republican from a hockey family, which means something in Minnesota

Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., will serve out the remaining term of her predecessor, Al Franken. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic-Farmer-Labor Sen. Tina Smith won the special election in Minnesota on Tuesday night, less than a year after she was appointed to the seat. She’ll fill out the remainder of former DFL Sen. Al Franken’s term, which expires in 2020.

With 50 of precincts reporting, Smith led Republican state Sen. Karin Housley 56 percent to 39 percent according to The Associated Press.

As House Republicans Brace for Losses, Freedom Caucus Prepares for Growth
Hard-line conservative bloc has been raising millions to help recruit new members

Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., was an early recruit of the Freedom Caucus and she is now the group’s only female member. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

At a time when most House Republican factions are preparing to see their ranks shrink regardless of whether their party loses its majority next week, one caucus is expecting its membership to grow.

The House Freedom Caucus, considered the most conservative bloc of Republicans in Congress, is expecting to increase its roster of 35 members to somewhere in the 37-to-40 range, based on the number of incumbent and recruited candidates they predict could lose Tuesday.

Spotlight Faded but the Race for Arizona’s 8th District Never Ended
Tipirneni came up short in special election, but will November be any different?

Hiral Tipirneni speaks during a meeting with supporters Monday at the Rio Vista Recreation Center in Peoria, Ariz. The Arizona Democrat is challenging Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., in the 8th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

PEORIA, Ariz. — Hiral Tipirneni asked how many people gathered at the Rio Vista Recreation Center here Monday night had a pre-existing health condition. Almost everyone raised their hand.

“All of these great provisions of the [2010 health care law] are being eroded away,” she told the town hall audience, referring to a White House proposal announced earlier that day to allow states to waive some of the law’s requirements. “That is why I am running. Because I refuse — I refuse to see this happen to our country.”  

Gallego Weighs 2020 Senate Run, Confident About Primary Prospects
Possibility of party winning back House will factor in Arizona Democrat’s decision

Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., is weighing a run for Senate in 2020. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

PHOENIX — Rep. Ruben Gallego is focused on helping Democrats win in Arizona in 2018, but he’s also weighing a Senate run of his own in two years time. And he’s confident he would win a Democratic primary.

The Arizona Democrat has previously said he is considering a run for the 2020 special election for the last two years of the late Republican Sen. John McCain’s term. Former GOP Sen. Jon Kyl was appointed to McCain’s seat, but he has said he plans to step down at the end of the year.

Republicans With Fundraising Struggles Have Outside Help — For Now
GOP groups had previously warned lawmakers to step up their game

Rep. Steve Knight, R-Calif., has been outraised by his Democratic opponent, Katie Hill, but Congressional Leadership Fund is still spending for him in California’s 25th District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Scores of Republicans were once again outraised by their Democratic opponents in the recently concluded third quarter. And GOP outside groups now have to decide how to best allocate their finite resources with less than three weeks to go until Election Day. 

The two major Republican groups that spend in House races — the National Republican Congressional Committee and the House leadership-aligned Congressional Leadership Fund — have already begun to move money to different races, as have their Democratic counterparts, in an end-of-cycle process known as “triage.”

Former McCain Chief of Staff Considers Running for Senate As a Democrat
Rep. Ruben Gallego says he’ll decide after the midterms whether he’ll run

Grant Woods and his wife, Marlene, pay respect to the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as the senator lies in state in the Capitol rotunda on August 31, 2018. Woods served for a time as McCain's chief of staff. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The late Sen. John McCain’s former chief of staff is considering running for his former boss’ seat as a Democrat.

Grant Woods served as the attorney general for Arizona from 1991 to 1999 and was a chief of staff for McCain when he was a congressman in the 1980s.

Republican Troy Balderson Wins Ohio Special Election
Balderson and O’Connor will face off again in November

Republican Troy Balderson celebrates after giving his victory speech at his election night party on Aug. 7. (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)

Republican Troy Balderson won the special election in Ohio’s 12th District, the Associated Press reported Friday.

Balderson, a two-term state senator, defeated Democrat Danny O’Connor, the Franklin County recorder.