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Kim Schrier Secures Democratic Nod in Hotly Contested Washington Race
8th District, a longtime Republican bastion, is a top target for Democrats

Dino Rossi is the Republican nominee in Washington's 8th congressional district (D.A. Banks/CQ Roll Call file photo).

Democratic pediatrician Kim Schrier secured the second-place spot to take on Republican Dino Rossi in Washington’s 8th District, which could be one of the most competitive races in the country. 

Schrier declared victory Wednesday morning, more than a week after the primary in Washington. The combination of a crowded Democratic field and mail-in ballots left the race in limbo as ballots were still being counted a week after the election. 

Hawley Wins GOP Primary to Take On McCaskill in Missouri
McCaskill is one of the most vulnerable incumbents

Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is a top GOP target. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has secured the Republican nomination to take on Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in November.

Hawley was expected to win Tuesday’s primary, and he easily defeated the 10 other Republicans on the ballot. 

Sorry Kanye, Black Voters Don’t Buy Celebrity Trump Endorsements
Poll: House votes in competitive districts could hinge on Trump’s racism

An NAACP poll found that ethnic minorities associate President Donald Trump with racism. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Kanye West and Dennis Rodman’s recent endorsements of Donald Trump have not impressed black voters in competitive districts whose deep dissatisfaction with the president could play a “key role” in the midterms, according to a poll released Tuesday.

The poll conducted for the NAACP by the African American Research Collaborative and Latino Decision is the latest to find that ethnic minorities associate Trump with racism, and that they are mobilized to vote against Republicans in November. That’s in spite of efforts by Trump and his supporters to enlist surrogates to rally support from the black community.

Ratings Change: Races for 2 GOP Seats Shift to Toss-Ups
Texas’ Pete Sessions and Kentucky’s Andy Barr face strong Democratic challengers

Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, faces Democrat Colin Allred in his bid for a 12th term representing the Dallas area. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In 2010, Texas Rep. Pete Sessions led Republicans to a historic 63-seat gain in the House and a new GOP majority as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. Now, he’s at significant risk of losing his own seat.

Sessions represents the Dallas-area 32nd District, which Hillary Clinton carried by 2 points in 2016. It’s the type of suburban, college-educated area that has been revolting against President Donald Trump since he took office. But for much of the cycle, Sessions benefitted from a fundraising advantage and a competitive Democratic primary, which was only decided in a May runoff.

Washington Could Be Key Battleground for Women in Both Parties
Female Democrats could emerge as challengers in all four GOP-held House seats

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers is a Democratic target this year in Washington’s 5th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With a surge of female House candidates across the country, Washington is emerging as a key battleground for women on both sides of the aisle. 

All four of the state’s Republican-held districts could have female Democratic challengers following next week’s primary. And two of those Republican targets are women. 

Hurd, Democratic Challenger on Pace to Shatter Fundraising Record
GOP rep, opponent Gina Ortiz Jones projected to run one of the most expensive races in Texas history

Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Gina Ortiz Jones, his Democratic opponent this fall, project to raise a record total in campaign cash. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Four months away from Election Day, the race for Texas’ 23rd District projects to be the most expensive congressional race in the state’s history.

Democratic challenger Gina Ortiz Jones more than doubled her cash on hand in the second fundraising quarter after reeling in $1.2 million in April, May and June, her campaign announced in a news release Monday.

Josh Hawley Highlights Supreme Court in First TV Ad
Missouri Republican launches ad same day Trump will announce high court pick

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, left, here with Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., in Springfield in November 2016, is hoping to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., this fall. (Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images file photo)

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is focusing on the Supreme Court in the first television ad of his Senate campaign, a sign the upcoming confirmation debate will be central to the Republican’s bid to unseat Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill

Hawley’s ad will hit the airwaves Monday, the same day President Donald Trump will announce his pick to replace Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who announced his retirement last month. 

Democrats’ Senate Majority PAC Sinks $80 Million Into 9 Key States
Ads will hit airwaves on Labor Day and continue to election night

Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., is facing one of the toughest paths to re-election in 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Democratic Senate Majority PAC announced Monday it will sink $80 million for TV ads into nine states with battleground Senate races this fall in an initial wave of spending for the 2018 midterms.

SMP will air ads beginning on Labor Day and continuing to election night on Nov. 7 in races for three Republican-held seats in Nevada, Arizona and Tennessee, and six Democratically controlled seats in Indiana, Florida, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia.

Iowa Democrats Pick 2 Women in Competitive House Races Against Blum, Young
Abby Finkenauer, Cindy Axne both avoid runoffs in Hawkeye State

Reps. Rod Blum, center, and David Young, right, here with fellow Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King at an event on the Hill in January, are facing competitive re-election races once again. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Iowa Democrats are targeting two Republican congressmen this fall, and they chose two women as their nominees in the 1st and 3rd districts in Tuesday’s primaries. No woman has ever been elected to the House from the Hawkeye State. 

President Donald Trump carried both districts in 2016, but Democrats believe a favorable national environment and strong challengers could make these Republicans vulnerable.

The Battle for the House Hits the Shores of Southern California
Orange County districts are a new midterm battleground

Will a blue wave hit California? Democrat Harley Rouda is one of the candidates hoping to flip a GOP-held seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. — The battle for control of the House has landed in California, and it’s partly because of voters like Deborah and Wyatt Carr.

Deborah, 69, was not registered with a party, and Wyatt, 73, was a longtime Republican. Both voted for Hillary Clinton and for their GOP congresswoman, Mimi Walters, in 2016.