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EMILY’s List Latest to Back Katko Challenger
After fractious primary, Democrat-aligned groups coalescing behind Dana Balter in ‘key’ fight against GOP incumbent

Democrat-aligned groups are coalescing behind the challenge to Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., in upstate New York's 24th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

EMILY's list on Friday endorsed Dana Balter, Rep. John Katko’s challenger in upstate New York 24th District seat, the latest Democrat-aligned group to throw their weight behind her after months of internal party squabbles threatened to derail efforts to flip the seat. 

Trump Tries to Save Reliable GOP House Seat in Ohio
Republican Troy Balderson is in tight race against Democrat Danny O’Connor

President Donald Trump, here in South Carolina in June, was in Ohio Saturday to stump for GOP House candidate Troy Balderson in his tight race. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images file photo)

Updated 20:29 p.m. | President Donald Trump dove headfirst into a House special election Saturday evening, aiming to give Ohio Republican Troy Balderson a final push three days before Election Day.

The race in the suddenly competitive 12th District between the state lawmaker and Franklin County Recorder Danny O’Connor, polls say, is now essentially tied. Trump and Republican leaders are eager to keep the seat in GOP hands after the retirement of former Republican Rep. Pat Tiberi earlier this year.

After Public Praise for Diane Black, Trump Embraces Bill Lee
Tennessee Republican’s gubernatorial campaign touted support of the president

Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., talks with reporters outside a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the Capitol last year. She will not be Tennessee’s next governor after losing her primary Thursday night. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump, who previously praised Rep. Diane Black, essentially cast her aside Friday after she lost a Republican gubernatorial primary in Tennessee.

Though the president never officially endorsed her, he did mention her — and not Bill Lee, the eventual victor — during a May 31 rally in Nashville.

In Pennsylvania, Trump Rips Casey as ‘Sleeping Bob’
GOP Senate nominee Barletta tells crowd Democrat will ‘take away your tax cuts’

Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, right, talks with the state’s junior senator, Republican Patrick J. Toomey, in the Senate subway in July 2016. President Donald Trump visited the state Thursday night to campaign against Casey. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Looking to boost Republican Rep. Lou Barletta in his Pennsylvania Senate bid, President Donald Trump dismissed the Democratic incumbent Bob Casey at a rally Thursday as “Sleeping Bob,” calling him “overrated” and too controlled by his party’s leaders.

Trump called Barletta onstage near the start of the rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, calling him a “very special man” who has “been with me.”

Obamas Announce First Round of Endorsements
Includes alumni of his administration

Former President Barack Obama, made his first round of endorsements in the 2018 election cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former President Barack Obama  waded into the 2018 elections and endorsed a slew of candidates across the country, including some who served in his administration.

Obama and former first lady Michelle made their announcement on Wednesday and said the former president would also focus on redistricting.

11 Memorable Moments as Trump Touts DeSantis, Scott in Florida
President again fixates on crowd size, 2016 election win

President Donald Trump waves as he leaves a rally in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

ANALYSIS — President Donald Trump showed again Tuesday evening why he is as much the disruptor in chief as he is the commander in chief, jetting to Florida to weigh in on the Sunshine State’s Republican gubernatorial primary.

Trump called the candidate he has endorsed, Rep. Ron DeSantis, onstage early at a rally in Tampa, even branding him with a compliment he reserves for a select few — a “tough cookie.” Presidents typically have avoided getting involved in primaries for state and and congressional races. But not Trump, who is eager to put candidates who share his nationalist and conservative bona fides into elected office at all levels.

Trump Goes to War With Koch Brothers
In angry tweets, president dubs conservative megadonors as ‘total joke’ after they pivoted toward bipartisan policies

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk across the South Lawn to Marine One on Friday on their way to Joint Base Andrews. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted influential conservative donors Charles and David Koch, dubbing them a “total joke” who are “against Strong Borders and Powerful Trade.”

The president’s harsh words for the powerful brothers came a day after they signaled an intention to shift away from their practice of pushing for Republican-only bills and policy solutions, saying they would seek and push bipartisan proposals, which is seen as a repudiation of Trump.

Trump Campaign Org. Backs James in Michigan GOP Senate Primary
African-American Army vet is ‘best candidate’ to unseat Stabenow, Lara Trump says

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., is awaiting a GOP challenger as the Trump campaign organization backs John James. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Trump political organization on Monday formally endorsed John James in Michigan’s GOP primary to decide who will try to unseat Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in November.

“John James is the embodiment of the American Dream,” Lara Trump, a senior advisor to the Trump campaign organization. “Love of country and hard work have fueled John’s success in life, the military, and business, and have positioned him to be the best candidate to defeat Debbie Stabenow for the Senate this fall. As President Trump said in his endorsement, John James is a ‘spectacular candidate’ who will be a ‘star.’

Ilhan Omar Accused of Misusing Campaign Cash for Divorce Lawyer
DFL endorsee to replace Rep. Keith Ellison would be first Muslim congresswoman

An attorney for DFL House candidate Ilhan Omar called accusations that her client used campaign funds for her divorce proceeding “absolutely false.” (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images file photo)

A fellow state legislator has accused the Democratic-Farmer-Laborer endorsee to replace outgoing Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota of illegally misusing campaign funds to pay her divorce lawyer.

Ilhan Omar, who earned the state party’s endorsement for Minnesota’s 5th District in June, paid $2,250 in legal fees in 2016 to Kjellberg Law Office, a firm specializing in family and divorce law.

Rep. Sanford: GOP Risks Succumbing to Trump’s ‘Cult of Personality’
South Carolina Republican said president is ‘autocratic in style’ in blistering remarks over weekend

Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., lost his June primary to pro-Trump candidate Katie Arrington. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

GOP Rep. Mark Sanford issued a blistering rebuke of President Donald Trump over the weekend, saying the president is “autocratic in style” and that Republicans are at risk of becoming a “cult of personality” around the mercurial leader of the free world.

At a panel in New York Saturday, the former South Carolina governor, was asked to explain why he lost his primary to staunchly pro-Trump candidate Katie Arrington.