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Most 2020 Democratic candidates opposed spending bill
Booker, Harris, Gillibrand and Warren voted no, while Klobuchar voted yes

Senate Democrats eyeing the White House split their vote Thursday on the compromise spending package that would avert another government shutdown, with nearly all the candidates who have already announced bids voting against it.

The Senate overwhelmingly adopted the conference report, 83-16, but five Democrats, including four presidential contenders — Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts — joined 11 Republicans in voting ‘no.’

To run or not to run again? Failed 2018 candidates weigh 2020 options
House nominees who fell short consider repeat bids

Carolyn Bourdeaux was at a thank-you party for her supporters in December when she decided she was running for Congress again in 2020. 

She’d just lost a recount in Georgia’s 7th District to Republican incumbent Rob Woodall — by 419 votes. 

There’s at least one special election coming to North Carolina soon
Death of Rep. Walter Jones opens up a reliably red seat

The death of North Carolina Rep. Walter B. Jones over the weekend opens up a safe Republican seat on the state’s east coast.

The governor must call a special election for the 3rd District. But there is no statutory time frame, so the timing will be up to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. 

Most Democrats from Virginia delegation call on Fairfax to resign
Only Scott and Warner did not call for immediate resignation

The majority of Virginia’s Democratic delegation on Friday night called for the resignation of Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who’s facing allegations of sexual assault from two women. 

Only Robert C. Scott, the dean of the House delegation, and Sen. Mark Warner did not call for Fairfax's resignation immediately.

After narrow victory in 2018, Rep. Rob Woodall won’t run in 2020
Woodall barely prevailed in Georgia 7th District recount last fall

Georgia Rep. Rob Woodall barely survived 2018, and he’s decided not to try again in 2020. 

The 7th District Republican told the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Thursday he will not seek a sixth term.  

Democrats identify 44 vulnerable House members to defend in 2020
Almost all the members named to the Democrats’ Frontline Program are freshmen

Democrats made historic gains in the House last fall, and now they need to defend those seats heading into the 2020 election. 

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Thursday named 44 members to its Frontline Program for its most vulnerable incumbents.

Michael Bennet went viral. Now what?
Colorado Democrat running digital ads about his speech in early primary states

It’s been two weeks since Colorado’s senior senator made a national splash with a Senate floor speech that went viral.

But you’d be forgiven if you’d already forgotten about Michael Bennet. He hasn’t been included in most polling of the Democratic field and barely makes the cut in stories about potential candidates.

Is the State of the Union just another campaign stop?
Political Theater, Episode 55

President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address touched on familiar themes and not so familiar ones like bipartisanship. Yet, the goal of many politicians Tuesday night was a 2020 campaign snapshot, complete with fundraising appeal and messaging. Roll Call senior political reporter Simone Pathé explains.  ...
Stacey Abrams makes national debut ahead of her next campaign
Democrats want Abrams to challenge Georgia Sen. David Perdue in 2020

Georgia’s Stacey Abrams has made it clear she wants to run for higher office again — it’s just a matter of which one. 

The former state House minority leader, who narrowly lost a bid to become America’s first black female governor last fall, formally introduced herself on the national stage Tuesday night by giving the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. 

Virginia Democrats raise pressure on Northam after he says he’s staying
Kaine, Warner and Scott call governor and ask him to step down

After a Saturday press conference at which Virginia Gov. Ralph S. Northam refused to step down, Democratic members of Virginia’s congressional delegation intensified their calls for the governor to resign.

Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and the dean of the House delegation, Rep. Robert C. Scott, issued a joint statement Saturday night explicitly calling for the governor to step aside after being more subtle in their initial statements Friday night. 

McCready began 2019 with nearly 20 times the cash as Harris in North Carolina
Harris was $86,000 in debt at the end of 2018

End-of-the-year fundraising reports provide a window into how the two candidates in North Carolina’s 9th District have been approaching a new election that hasn’t yet been called and isn’t certain to happen.

Democrat Dan McCready ended the year with $378,000 in the bank compared to $19,000 for Republican Mark Harris, whose campaign reported debts of $86,000. McCready has yet to pay himself back $250,000 of a $500,000 loan he made to his campaign in late October.

Trump won Michigan in 2016. Does that matter for Gary Peters in 2020?
Peters is one of just two Democratic senators facing re-election in a Trump state

Michigan’s Gary Peters doesn’t typically attract a lot of attention. 

But as one of only two Democratic senators up for re-election in states that President Donald Trump carried in 2016, the mild-mannered Peters might find himself in the spotlight next year.

Stacey Abrams to give Democratic SOTU response
The 2018 Georgia gubernatorial nominee may be a Senate contender in 2020

Fresh off her 2018 gubernatorial loss and ahead of a possible 2020 Senate bid, Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams will be giving the party’s response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address next week.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., announced the selection Tuesday, a week before the address, which had been delayed in the fight over the partial government shutdown. 

DCCC sets its eyes on Texas suburbs and beyond for 2020
House Democrats unveiled their offensive targets for presidential year

On the heels of their historic midterm success, the House Democratic campaign arm has identified 32 Republican-held seats it’d like to peel off in 2020. 

Democrats netted 40 seats in the chamber last fall by going after the suburbs and areas of diverse and rapid population growth where President Donald Trump has been unpopular. The party is looking to the next tier of these districts to help them make more gains next year. 

Dan McCready raises $500,000 for North Carolina election that hasn’t been called yet
Donations came in over the five weeks since Democrat retracted concession

Since withdrawing his concession in North Carolina’s 9th District race, Democrat Dan McCready has raised more than $500,000 for a new election that isn’t even certain to happen. 

McCready withdrew his concession on Dec. 6 after allegations of election fraud led the state elections board to delay certification of the results and The Associated Press to retract its call in favor of Republican Mark Harris, who had originally led by 905 votes. 

DCCC hits Republicans on shutdown in first digital spending of 2020 cycle
Facebook ads target 25 Republicans for missed pay for national security workers

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s first digital spending of the 2020 cycle attacks House Republicans for the shutdown.

The DCCC ads, obtained first by Roll Call, will target 25 House Republicans, specifically blaming them for national security workers missing their second paycheck. The static ads begin running Friday and will be geotargeted on Facebook. 

Former S.C. Democratic Party chief considering Lindsey Graham challenge
‘I don’t know what Lindsey’s been sniffing, but there’s something wrong,’ Jaime Harrison says

Former South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison is “giving serious consideration” to challenging Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham in 2020, and will make a final decision in the next two weeks.

“We are really leaning into this,” Harrison said Thursday morning on The Bill Press Show.

Liberal ‘dark money’ groups spent more in 2018 than conservative groups
Majority Forward led the list of top liberal nonprofit spenders

The new Democratic House majority is making campaign finance overhaul a central part of its sweeping good governance agenda, capitalizing on an anti-money-in-politics platform that many candidates rode to Congress.

But when it comes to the big-money world of outside spending, over which candidates have little control, it appears that liberal groups had a banner year in 2018.

Meet the Democrat who wants to give Trump money for the wall
“I’d give him the whole thing,” Minnesota’s Collin Peterson said Tuesday

With Democratic leaders standing firm against giving any money to President Donald Trump to build a border wall, the comments of one 15-term Democratic lawmaker stood out Tuesday.

“Give Trump the money,” Minnesota Rep. Collin C. Peterson said on KFGO’s “News and Views” radio program. 

Court Rules Against Mark Harris in Unresolved North Carolina House Race
Harris had sought Wake County court to certify election results that are under investigation

It’s been more than two months since the midterms, but the election in North Carolina’s 9th District is still unresolved. And a hearing in Wake County Tuesday did not bring it any closer to resolution, with a judge declining to force certification of the election on behalf of Republican Mark Harris.

Harris, who led by 905 votes in the wake of the November election, had requested that Wake County Superior Court Jude Paul Ridgeway intervene to declare him the winner, despite a pending state investigation into the contest, which has been marred by allegations of election fraud.