Tossup

Cramer Passes on North Dakota Senate Run
Trump encouraged him to challenge Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, GOP rep said

Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., has decided not to run for Senate. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 11: 14 a.m. | GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer said Thursday he does not plan to run for Senate in North Dakota and instead will run for re-election to the House. He had faced pressure from President Donald Trump to challenge Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.

Cramer told WZFG-AM’s “Scott Hennen Show” in North Dakota that passing on a Senate run was the best decision for his family.

Darrell Issa Retiring, Opening Up Competitive House Seat
Issa was one of the most vulnerable incumbents in 2018

California Rep. Darrell Issa is retiring, leaving behind a competitive Southern California seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 7:58 p.m. | Republican Rep. Darrell Issa is retiring after nine terms in Congress, opening up a competitive House seat in California.

“While my service to California’s 49th District will be coming to an end, I will continue advocating on behalf of the causes that are most important to me, advancing public policy where I believe I can make a true and lasting difference, and continuing the fight to make our incredible nation an even better place to call home,” the congressman said in a statement Wednesday.

Joe Arpaio Senate Candidacy ‘Won't Last Long,’ Flake Says
Former sheriff fires back, saying Flake didn’t have the ‘guts’ to run again

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has been critical of his own party for nominating controversial conservative candidates for high office. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake on Wednesday dismissed Joe Arpaio’s bid for his Arizona Senate seat in 2018, laughing off the controversial former sheriff as a fringe candidate whose campaign will quickly fizzle.

“You’d better write about it and talk about it fast because it won’t last long,” Flake said in an interview with CNN.

Joe Arpaio Running for Senate in Arizona
Controversial former sheriff was pardoned by Trump

Joe Arpaio speaks during the Donald Trump campaign rally in Las Vegas in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Controversial former sheriff Joe Arpaio is running in the open Senate race in Arizona, jumping into a Republican primary that is expected to be a contest over who is most closely aligned with President Donald Trump.

Arpaio said he was a “big supporter of President Trump” in an interview with the Washington Examiner, which first reported the news.

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)