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DCCC Raises $13.5 Million in July
Committee had $71.5 million on hand as of July 31

DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján says the Democratic grass roots “are united around the goal of taking back the House.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $13.5 million in July, surpassing past records for the month.

The committee raised $1.6 million more than it did the same month in 2016. Roughly half of the July total came from online donations, according to fundraising numbers provided first to Roll Call.

Report: GOP Candidate for Dent’s Seat Faces Sexual Misconduct Allegation
Pennsylvania House hopeful Marty Nothstein says he is victim of anonymous smear campaign

The specific sexual misconduct allegation against Pennsylvania Republican House candidate Marty Nothstein is unclear, but stems from around 2000, when he won an Olympic gold medal in cycling. (MartyforPA.com/Screenshot)

Pennsylvania Republican congressional hopeful Marty Nothstein is facing an allegation of sexual misconduct stemming from nearly 20 years ago.

Nothstein, an Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist running in Pennsylvania’s new 7th District, has denied the allegation. 

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. 

Barr Compares Time in Congress to Fighter Pilot Opponent’s Military Service
Kentucky Democrats say Barr has ‘obviously lost his mind’ in Toss-up House race

Republican Rep. Andy Barr said that both he and Democrat Amy McGrath “both served our country” in equating his time in Congress to his opponent’s military record. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Andy Barr is getting flak for comparing his three terms in Congress to opponent Amy McGrath’s 20 years as a fighter pilot in a hotly contest campaign for Kentucky’s 6th Congressional district. 

"We both served our country,” Barr told the New York Times Thursday. “I’ve served in a position where ideas matter. My opponent has served her country in the military, where execution matters.”

GOP Poll Shows Competitive Race in Nevada’s 4th District
Hardy-Horsford rematch represents potential pickup for Republicans

Former GOP Rep. Cresent Hardy is running in Nevada’s 4th District. (D.A. Banks/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republicans are largely on defense this cycle, but a new GOP poll shows they have a potential pickup opportunity in Nevada’s 4th District.

Two former lawmakers are facing off for the open seat in suburban Las Vegas: Democrat Steven Horsford and Republican Cresent Hardy. The internal poll for the Hardy campaign and the National Republican Congressional Committee showed Horsford and Hardy in a dead heat. 

At the Races: The Unending Primary Season
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Corporate PACs in Spotlight as Candidates Reject Their Money
So far, 85 primary winners are rejecting money from corporations

The candidates pledging not to accept corporate PAC money have mostly been Democrats. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Corporate PACs have been thrust into the political spotlight as more Democratic candidates make rejecting corporate money a central theme of their campaigns. Seven of those congressional hopefuls won their primaries Tuesday.

Those results bring the total number of primary winners who are not accepting corporate PAC contributions to 85, according to the group End Citizens United, which supports an overhaul of the campaign finance system. These candidates are instead relying on donations from individuals and other groups.

Rodney Davis’ Field Director Charged With Assault After Crashing Opponent’s Event
Staffer reportedly harassed Davis’ opponent Betsy Dirksen Londrigan

Levi Lovell, a field director for Illinois Republican Rep. Rodney Davis, was booked on aggravated assault charges after confronting Davis’ opponent Betsy Dirksen Londrigan and her husband, authorities said. (Sangamon County Sheriff’s Department)

Republican Rep. Rodney Davis’ campaign field director was arrested and charged with aggravated assault Wednesday night after an altercation involving the Illinois lawmaker’s Democratic opponent, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan. 

Levi Lovell was arrested at a Londrigan campaign event at a local bar, according to WCIA Chicago reporter Mark Maxwell. Lovell reportedly shouted at Londrigan, a businesswoman and former aide to Democratic Sen. Richard J. Durbin, and then punched someone at the event. Springfield Police confirmed to Roll Call that Lovell was booked into the Sangamon County detention facility.

Espy Poll of Mississippi Senate Race Shows Path to Victory for Democrats
Espy finished ahead of both Republicans in separate special election matchups

Former Mississippi Democratic Rep. Mike Espy places ahead of either Republican Senate candidate in a runoff, according to a poll done for his campaign. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP file photo)

A Democratic poll of the Mississippi Senate special election shows former Rep. Mike Espy having a path to finishing first in a runoff this fall.

Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who was appointed earlier this year to replace longtime GOP Sen. Thad Cochran, is running for the remainder of his term this November. Candidates from all parties will run together on the same ballot, and if no one receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top-two finishers will advance to a late-November runoff.

Report: Former Rohrabacher Opponent Target of Cyberattack
California Democrat Hans Keirstead’s campaign was the target of a phishing attack

Democrat Hans Keirstead was the target of a successful cyberattack. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former Democratic House candidate Hans Keirstead was the target of a successful cyberattack during his campaign in California’s 48th District against pro-Russia GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher

Rolling Stone reported that in August 2017, Keirstead fell for a phishing email that asked him to enter his password for his work email address, which he also used for his campaign. The campaign also reported efforts in December to hack into the campaign’s website and “hosting service,” and an effort in January to hack into the campaign’s Twitter account. Only the phishing attack in August was successful.

5 Takeaways From the Minnesota, Wisconsin and Connecticut Primaries
Democrats celebrate likely firsts while GOP women have a mixed night

Pete Stauber, here at a June rally in Duluth, Minn., easily captured the GOP nomination Tuesday night in Minnesota’s 8th District, which is likely to see one of the most expensive races in the country again. (Scott Olson/Getty Images file photo)

Tuesday’s primary action in the Upper Midwest and New England set the fall matchups in a handful of key House races and one competitive Senate contest. 

Here are five key takeaways from those results:

John Katko Highlights Synthetic Drug Issue in New TV Ad
New York Republican is up for re-election in a district that backed Clinton

The campaign of Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., has stressed his work to combat the opioid epidemic. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New York Rep. John Katko is often listed among the Republican incumbents who could withstand a blue wave because he connects with his district and localizes his campaigns. And his new television ad is the latest example of that strategy.

Katko is launching an ad titled “Makes Things Happen,” featuring Teresa Woolson, whose 19-year-old son died after using synthetic marijuana. Woolson launched a foundation in her son’s honor and was Katko’s guest to the State of the Union this year.

Hagedorn Wins GOP Nomination for Toss-Up Minnesota Race
This is Hagedorn’s fourth bid for 1st District and third as the nominee

Jim Hagedorn won the GOP nomination for Minnesota’s 1st District on Tuesday and will face Democrat Dan Feehan in November. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Jim Hagedorn has won the Republican nomination for Minnesota’s 1st District, hoping the third time is the charm to win the highly competitive seat. 

With 88 percent of precincts reporting, Hagedorn led state Sen. Carla Nelson 60 percent to 33 percent, when The Associated Press called the race. 

Radinovich Will Face Stauber in Top GOP Pickup Opportunity in Minnesota
DFL nominee previously ran incumbent Rick Nolan’s 2016 campaign

Former state Rep. Joe Radinovich won the DFL nomination for Minnesota’s 8th District on Tuesday night. (Courtesy Joe Radinovich for Congress)

Former state Rep. Joe Randinovich has won the Democratic-Farmer-Labor nomination in Minnesota’s 8th District, which, if the past two cycles are any indication, could be among the most expensive House races this fall.

With 62 percent of precincts reporting, Radinovich led the five-person field with 47 percent of the vote, when The Associated Press called the race. 

Leah Vukmir Wins Wisconsin GOP Primary to Take On Tammy Baldwin
Baldwin is one of 10 Senate Democrats running in a state Trump won in 2016

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., will face Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir in her bid for a second term in the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

State Sen. Leah Vukmir won Tuesday’s Republican Senate primary in Wisconsin, notching a victory for the state GOP. Vukmir’s win sets up another opportunity for Wisconsin Republicans to take down one of the last remaining high-profile Democrats in the state.

Vukmir led Marine veteran and businessman Kevin Nicholson 54 percent to 40 percent, when The Associated Press called the race with 56 percent of precincts reporting. She will now take on vulnerable incumbent Tammy Baldwin, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.