Tossup

Rating Change: Nevada Senate Race Moves to Toss-Up
Feeling pressure from both sides, Dean Heller is more vulnerable

Nevada Sen. Dean Heller faces a credible Democratic challenger in Rep. Jacky Rosen. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As the only Republican senator up for re-election in a state won by Hillary Clinton last fall, Dean Heller had a tough task ahead of him next year.

And that was even before he started enduring attacks from within his own party.

At the Races: Democrats Announce for Wide Swath of Congressional Races

Angie Craig, the Democratic Farmer Labor candidate in Minnesota's 2nd District in 2016, announced on Monday she's running again. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats continued to announce their intentions for several congressional races on Monday, which ranged from tossup match-ups to crowded primary races to nearly hopeless cases in heavily Republican states. 

Angie Craig lost last year’s open-seat race in Minnesota’s 2nd District by less than 2 points. On Monday, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate announced she’d try to unseat last year’s rival, freshman GOP Rep. Jason Lewis.

Angie Craig Back for Rematch Against Jason Lewis in Minnesota
Craig lost to Lewis by less than 2 points in 2016

Angie Craig, the Democratic Farmer Labor candidate in Minnesota’s 2nd District in 2016, announced Monday she’s running again. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Angie Craig lost last year’s open-seat race in Minnesota’s 2nd District by less than 2 points. On Monday, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor candidate announced she’d try to unseat last year’s rival, freshman GOP Rep. Jason Lewis.

Craig, a former health care executive, plans to spend the summer on a listening tour of the district before officially kicking off her campaign in the fall. She’s already been active in the district this year, holding an “adopt a district” town hall in the 2nd District with 1st District Rep. Tim Walz.

Hurd Defends District Lines in Court
Congressman says more districts should be like his

Rep. Will Hurd's district could be redrawn if federal judges rule its boundary lines violate the Voting Rights Act. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. William Hurd said more districts should be drawn like his, defending Texas’ 23rd Congressional District ahead of a federal court decision on alleged racial gerrymandering that could impact the 2018 midterm elections.

“My district is competitive, and that’s a good thing...because it forces people to talk to a broader sense of the community,” Hurd said Saturday as the closing witness in a trial over whether the district lines should be redrawn.

Pence Wants Missouri AG to Challenge Sen. McCaskill
Josh Hawley won his first political office in 2016

Vice President Mike Pence is encouraging Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley to run for Senate against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.  (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Mike Pence is getting involved early in the Missouri Senate race, encouraging a run by a relative newcomer against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Pence called Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley over the weekend to encourage him to run for the Senate, a spokesman for Hawley confirmed Tuesday. Hawley was elected to the attorney general post in 2016, winning the primary and general election by double-digits. Previously he worked as a lawyer and associate professor at the University of Missouri Law School.

Perlmutter Won’t Run for Governor or Re-Election
Campaign says Colorado congressman will make announcement today

A source said that Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., has grown tired of campaigning. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Colorado Rep. Ed Perlmutter will announce he’s ending his run for the Democratic nomination for governor and not seek re-election, sources close to the congressman told news outlets.

Perlmutter will hold a news conference on Tuesday, but his campaign told reporters only that the it would be “regarding the gubernatorial race,” the Denver Post reported.

One Reason Why Republicans Don’t Have More Women in the Senate
GOP misses a rare opportunity in Missouri

Missouri Rep. Ann Wagner, left, and Tennessee Rep. Diane Black at a news conference on Capitol Hill in February. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Women make up less than 10 percent of the Republican senators in Congress, and the GOP’s most qualified (and only top-tier) female hopeful just walked off the Senate playing field with nary a protest from Republican leaders.

Missouri Rep. Ann Wagner’s challenge to Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill has been one of the worst-kept secrets of the cycle. The third-term congresswoman, a former United States ambassador and onetime co-chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, had $2.8 million in her campaign account at the end of March. She had been doing everything a future Senate candidate was supposed to do, right up until Monday when she announced she was running for re-election to her 2nd District seat instead.

11 Things I Think I Think After the Special Elections
Lessons from the Georgia and South Carolina races

Jon Ossoff supporters at the Georgia Democrat’s election night watch party are stunned as CNN calls the state’s 6th District race for Republican Karen Handel on Tuesday night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

One of the best parts about covering elections is that there is a final result. What seems like an endless stream of campaigning and ads and analysis finally comes to an end every time with vote tallies to digest until the next round.

President Donald Trump and the Republicans continue to play with electoral fire, but the GOP pulled off two more special election victories; this time in Georgia’s 6th District and South Carolina’s 5th District. As with the previous results in Kansas and Montana, there are enough tidbits in each result to formulate whatever conclusion helps you sleep better at night.

GOP Attorneys General May Shake Up Senate Primaries
Three could run for Senate in toss-up races

Some Missouri Republicans are urging newly elected state Attorney General Josh Hawley, right, to run for Senate. He's seen here last November with the state’s junior senator, Roy Blunt. (Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images file photo)

Republicans have no shortage of House members interested in promotions to the Senate next year. But in three of four states with toss-up races, GOP attorneys general are also readying for potential Senate bids.

The top lawyers of Indiana, West Virginia and Missouri are contemplating primary bids against GOP House members who are either already running for the Senate or who are widely assumed to be running. 

Opinion: Democrats May Be Too Optimistic About 2018 Gains
Ghosts of racial discord still haunt the South

Congressional districts in North Carolina were too racially driven even for a Supreme Court dominated by conservatives, Mary C. Curtis writes. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Republican-drawn congressional districts in North Carolina turned out to be too racially driven for a Supreme Court dominated by conservatives — with Justice Clarence Thomas siding with the majority.

Who’d have thought it?