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Owens, Mills Outraising Incumbents in Rematches

Love's Democratic challenger outraised her by $25,000. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In Utah's 'Safe Republican ' territory, where Democrat Doug Owens is again vying for the 4th District seat he lost by 5 points in 2014, he is one of the rare rematch candidates to have raised more than the incumbent.  

Freshman Republican Rep. Mia Love has been looking to solidify her hold  in a district Mitt Romney carried by 37 points in 2012. She brought in $325,000 in the final three months of 2015, and spent $302,000 of it, leaving her with $781,000 in the bank. But Owens raised $350,000, spending only $135,000, and has $500,000 in the bank.  

SEIU Endorses Brad Schneider

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The SEIU Illinois State Council Wednesday endorsed Democrat Brad Schneider, the former lawmaker looking to reclaim the 10th District seat he lost to Republican Rep. Robert J. Dold in 2014.  

“Families in this district deserve a representative who will stand up for them in Washington and demand an economy that works for everyone. I look forward to continuing that fight alongside SEIU,” Schneider, who beat Dold in 2012, said in a release. Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering is the other Democrat hoping to give Dold a run for his money next fall. The two-term GOP lawmaker amassed $1.6 million in campaign contributions through the first three quarters of this year and had nearly $1.3 million in cash on hand as of the end of September.  

Democratic Challengers Make Gun Control a Security Issue

In the wake of terror attacks and mass shootings, Democrats are making their gun control argument more about national security. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Gun control has rarely been a winning general election issue for Democrats — and they know it. But the renewed focus on homeland security after the terror attacks in Paris and two mass shootings at home has given Democrats an opening to try to make it one. Democratic challengers in some of this year’s most competitive races  are appealing to Americans' fears about terrorism to broach gun control, specifically by calling out Republican incumbents for not backing New York Republican Rep. Peter T. King's bill, first introduced nine years ago, to prevent people on the terror watch list from purchasing firearms.  

"It's an easier issue to talk about because it seems so obvious and logical," a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee aide said on Dec. 4.  

Internal Polls Show Brad Schneider Leading Bob Dold and Primary Opponent

Two surveys commissioned by Democrats show Schneider, a former lawmaker, with leads in primary and general elections.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Illinois Democrat Brad Schneider, a former congressman who served one term representing the state's 10th District, is claiming a big lead over his primary rival as he hopes for a rematch with Republican Rep. Robert J. Dold.  

According to a memo detailing a survey conducted by Normington Petts for Schneider's campaign last week and obtained by CQ Roll Call, Schneider holds a 36-point lead over Nancy Rotering — pulling more than half of the support from the seniors, women, union households and liberals who were polled.  In a general election matchup, according to a separate memo detailing an internal Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee poll, Schneider leads Dold by 8 points — including a 15-point advantage among independents and 11-points among women.  

Poll: House Incumbents Who Oppose LGBT Rights Lose Support

Democrats want to target Garrett for his opposition to LGBT rights. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A set of polls conducted for the Human Rights Campaign found incumbents would imperil their re-election chances if they oppose a bill that bans discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.  

The polling, shared first with CQ Roll Call, found that in six districts held by Republicans, voters would be less likely to support the GOP incumbent if they opposed the Equality Act. A seventh poll conducted in a competitive seat held by a Democrat found the same result. The Equality Act is a bill introduced in July that would "extend existing non-discrimination laws to protect [LGBT] people."  

Two Former Members Announce Comeback Bids

Schneider is one of two former House Democrats to announce a comeback bid on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Two former House Democrats ousted in 2014 announced Friday they're giving it another go.  

Former Reps. Pete Gallego of Texas and Brad Schneider of Illinois released statements within minutes of each other confirming they will challenge the freshman Republicans who defeated them in the midterms. Gallego lost re-election by 2 points to Republican Will Hurd in Texas' 23rd District. Schneider lost to Republican Robert J. Dold by a 4-point margin in Illinois' 10th District.  

The Year of the Rematch

Shea-Porter is contemplating a fourth House race rematch in New Hampshire's 1st District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter is seriously considering a run for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st District in 2016 — setting up the possibility of yet another House rematch this cycle.  

“I am so grateful to all of you who have been also asking me to run again for the United States House of Representatives,” Shea-Porter said recently in an email to supporters obtained by CQ Roll Call. “I received 48.2% of the vote in a very tough cycle, which mean we can win the seat in 2016 when more voters turn out. My team and I are hard at work looking at everything, and I will send you an email when a decision is made.”  

Democrat Announces Bid in Top Illinois House Race (Updated)

Dold is an Illinois Republican. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:00 a.m. |  Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering announced a bid in Illinois' 10th District Tuesday, putting Democrats on a likely primary collision course in a must-win seat for the party.  

Rotering hopes to face GOP Rep. Robert Dold, a moderate Republican who won his second, non-consecutive term in this suburban Chicago-based district in 2014. But she is likely to face a primary against former Rep. Brad Schneider, the Democrat who lost to Dold in November.  

A House Republican Moves Closer to Middle

Dold, left, attended a news conference introducing a bipartisan gun control bill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

While some GOP lawmakers veer right for fear of primary threats, one vulnerable House Republican continues to inch closer to other end of his party's spectrum for political survival.  

Last week, Illinois Rep. Robert Dold, one of the most endangered House Republicans, signed onto a bipartisan bill that would expand background checks for gun purchasers. It was the latest in a series of moves by Dold — now serving his second, non-consecutive term — that showcased his moderate stripes.  

Ex-Rep. Brad Schneider Inches Closer to Rematch in Illinois

Schneider is a former member. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Illinois Rep. Brad Schneider is inching closer to a rematch with Republican Rep. Robert Dold, according to a Democratic source with knowledge of his plans.  

Schneider was in Washington, D.C., Tuesday for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference. He attended the Democratic Caucus meeting Tuesday morning, where he received a standing ovation from his former colleagues, according to the source, and he was scheduled to meet with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in the afternoon. If he runs, this would be the pair's third straight matchup in the suburban Chicago 10th District, a duel spurred by Sen. Mark S. Kirk vacating the seat in 2010 to run statewide. The progress is welcome news for national Democrats, who have courted Schneider since his 2.5-point loss to Dold in November .