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Democrats' Resurgence in Arkansas Looks Less Likely

Hayes ran in Arkansas' 2nd District last cycle, but lost. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With Hillary Rodham Clinton likely to be the Democratic presidential nominee, Democrats hoped that their party could make Arkansas competitive with the state's former first lady on the ballot.  

But with the state's filing deadline  having come and gone on Monday, Democrats failed to recruit candidates in three of the four House districts in the state, deflating Democrats' chances for an Arkansas resurgence in 2016.  

5 Sleeper House Races

Keating is a Massachusetts Democrat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In the midst of wall-to-wall political coverage before Election Day, this handful of House races have managed to mostly fly under the radar.  

These are sleeper races, from Arkansas to West Virginia, where the district's partisan breakdown does not reflect the competitive nature of the race.  

Republican Cavalry Starts Spending on House Races (Finally)

Walden is the chairman of the NRCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

For months, Republicans feared outside groups would skip over House races this cycle, saving their cash for the battle over Senate control.  

But the conservative cavalry has finally arrived.  

Internal Poll: Democrat Holds Slight Lead in Arkansas

Hays is a Democrat from Arkansas. (Meredith Dake/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A new campaign poll from Democrat Patrick Henry Hays showed him ahead of his Republican opponent by 3 points in one of his party's top House targets in Arkansas.  

Hays, the former mayor of North Little Rock, had a small lead over banker French Hill , 44 percent to 41 percent, according to the poll conducted by Global Strategy Group and paid for by Hays. That's within the poll's 4.8 percent margin of error.  

Arkansas Candidate Downplays Bill Clinton's Influence (Video)

Hill is a Republican seeking Arkansas' 2nd District. (JM Rieger/CQ Roll Call Photo)

Banker French Hill, the GOP nominee in the open-seat race for retiring Rep. Tim Griffin's seat, said President Bill Clinton's impact will be minimal in Arkansas in the midterms.  

Clinton, an Arkansas native and former governor, has hit the campaign trail for Hill's opponent, former North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Henry Hays, the Democratic nominee.  "President Clinton has a lot of friends in Arkansas and he usually comes and helps Democratic candidates every cycle," Hill said in an interview with CQ Roll Call this summer. "But I don't believe it will have a major impact in this race because I believe the electorate is looking for somebody who's got a business background, that's a conservative person to help represent the district." Arkansas' 2nd District is the most competitive in the state. Even then, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried it by a 12-point margin last cycle. But Democrats argue the party has strong roots in the district and Hays is the kind of moderate Democrat who could win there . What's more, with Sen. Mark Pryor's competitive re-election race topping the ticket, Democrats will target the 2nd District — based in and around Little Rock — to turn out their base. But Hill said the number of competitive races on the ballot, including a competitive gubernatorial contest, will only aid his electoral hopes in November. "I think the Republican team will be on point for turnout and I believe that will help my race," Hill said. Arkansas' 2nd District is rated a Leans Republican contest by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. Hill's Team: Jack Sisson (campaign manager), Bob Wickers, The Wickers Group (general consulting), Impact Management (direct mail), Red Right Strategies (digital)  

NRCC Touts 11 More 'Young Gun' Candidates

Among the new Young Guns candidates is former Rep. Nan Hayworth, R-N.Y. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee promoted 11 more candidates to 'Young Gun' status Tuesday morning, elevating their campaigns to the highest level of the program that provides organizational and fundraising support in top House contests.  

The 11 additions brings the NRCC's total number of Young Gun candidates this cycle to 32.  

Pick Your Clinton: Democrats Want Duo on Trail

Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bill Clinton are exciting Democrats who hope for their help in the midterm elections. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Democrats are gearing up to unleash the Clinton Dynasty.  

They hope deploying the popular former White House occupants could help drum up money and hype in what could be a tough election year for the party. Democrats see the power couple as an asset, especially because Republicans have no singular unifying figure who can hit the trail.  

DCCC Reserves $43.5 Million in TV Airtime for Midterms

Israel is the current chairman of the DCCC. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved $43.5 million in television airtime in dozens of targeted House districts this fall — a signal the party is attempting to play defense and offense in a challenging midterm cycle.  

The money is split across 36 districts, including 17 pickup opportunities, according to a DCCC aide. More districts and more money could be added to the reservations as the cycle progresses, the aide said.  

Arkansas Primary Results: French Hill, Bruce Westerman Win GOP Primaries

Pryor didn't have to wait to learn his GOP challenger. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two Republican primaries in Arkansas on Tuesday finalized the makeup of potentially competitive House races this fall.  

National Democrats, who have lost several seats in Arkansas over the last couple of cycles, are targeting Arkansas' 2nd and 4th districts. With their own nominees already in hand, Democrats now know which Republicans will be vying to keep the open seats in GOP hands.  

Democrats Announce House Targets for 2014