Tossup

Virginia Democrats Wrestle Over Nomination Process
10th District is holding primary, 5th isn’t, 7th and 2nd have yet to decide

Democrats have opted for a primary in Virginia’s 10th District, but the party committee in the 7th and 2nd districts have yet to decide how they’ll select their nominees. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In the most competitive of Virginia’s congressional districts, Democrats have decided to hold a primary to nominate a candidate to take on two-term Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock.

But that wasn’t a given — and it’s still not in another contested district in the state.

DCCC Names First 11 Candidates in ‘Red to Blue’ Program
2018 program will include more targeted and frequent additions

Angie Craig, back for a rematch against Rep. Jason Lewis in Minnesota’s 2nd District, is one of 11 candidates named to the DCCC’s Red to Blue program. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is naming 11 candidates Wednesday in the first round of its Red to Blue program, which highlights strong Democratic recruits.

The list of 11 candidates, obtained first by Roll Call, includes recruits running in 10 competitive Republican-held seats and in an open seat Democrats are hoping to keep blue.

Texas Democrats on Pelosi’s Help: Meh
Senate and House hopefuls unite in calls for new party leadership

Support from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is an afterthought for the Democratic hopefuls in Texas' 23rd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When it comes to support from their party’s House leader, Texas Democratic hopefuls can take it or leave it.

In Texas’ 23rd District, all four Democrats running against Republican Rep. Will Hurd were at best lukewarm in their enthusiasm for a potential endorsement from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi — with some suggesting they would not welcome the California Democrat’s help.

Chris Pappas Running for Open New Hampshire Seat
Pappas has long been desirable recruit for national Democrats

New Hampshire Executive Councilor Chris Pappas is running for the Tossup seat being vacated by Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, seen here at right campaigning in Rochester in September 2016 (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New Hampshire Democrat Chris Pappas, a member of the Executive Council, announced his bid for the open 1st District on Thursday. 

National Democrats have been interested in Pappas for years — and he himself had considered running in 2016 — but both he and the party deferred to Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, who won re-election to the 1st District for the fourth nonconsecutive time last fall.

McSally Planning Senate Run in Arizona
Sources confirm McSally told her Arizona GOP colleagues she plans to run

Arizona Rep. Martha McSally is planning to run for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Martha McSally told her fellow Arizona Republican House colleagues Monday that she plans to run for the state’s newly open Senate seat.

The Arizona political outlet Yellow Sheet Report first reported the news Monday night, followed by The Arizona Republic the following day.  Three sources with knowledge of the discussion confirmed the reports.

Heller Not Worried About Primary Challenger
Comes after Jeff Flake’s announcement he would not run for re-election

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., faces a right-wing primary challenger in Danny Tarkanian. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake Won’t Seek Re-Election, Attacks Trump
‘Flagrant disregard for truth and decency’ should never be regarded as normal

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and his wife Cheryl, leave the Capitol on Tuesday after he announced he will not be running for re-election in 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Republican Sen. Jeff Flake again attacked President Donald Trump after announcing Tuesday he will not seek re-election.

Asked why he isn’t running for re-election the Arizona lawmaker said, “stay tuned,” and walked into the Senate Chambers. Flake is one of Trump’s most vocal critics.

Issa’s Democratic Challengers Combined Raise More Than Him
Issa still has a huge advantage in cash on hand

Mike Levin, a Democratic challenger to Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California, raised more than double that of Democrat Doug Applegate, who came within about 1,000 votes of unseating the incumbent in 2016. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic challengers to California Rep. Darrell Issa raised more money combined than the Republican incumbent in the third quarter.

Environmental lawyer Mike Levin, who jumped into the race in March, raised $300,874.66 — more than double the $147,553.95 raised by retired Marine Corps Col. Doug Applegate, who narrowly lost to Issa last year and is gunning for a rematch.

Hawley Announces Bid Against McCaskill
Incumbent’s campaign responds: ‘He broke his promise not to climb the political ladder’

Missouri Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Tuesday he will run against Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., in 2018. (Hawley Campaign via YouTube)

In a highly anticipated move, Missouri Republican Josh Hawley released a video Tuesday to announce his run for Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s seat.

The 37-year-old Missouri attorney general is just 10 months into his first year holding elected office but has been in contact with an all-star roster of GOP officials and officeholders about challenging McCaskill.

As Messer and Rokita Squabble, Third GOP Indiana Senate Hopeful Sees Opening
Self-funded state representative looks to sneak around infighting en route to nomination

Indiana state Rep. Mike Braun, who owns an automotive supply business, said if you’re not willing to spend big, it doesn’t “matter how well people might like you.”  (Mike Braun for Indiana)

With Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita trading insults in the Indiana Senate Republican primary, a third candidate seeks to quietly bypass the kerfuffle en route to the GOP nod.

State Rep. Mike Braun has flooded his war chest with nearly $800,000 of his own money and raised $200,000 more, mostly from business associates of his automotive supply business. The GOP primary winner will face vulnerable Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly