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In Purple Virginia, Bill Clinton Revs Up Democrats

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at a campaign event for his wife, Hillary Clinton, in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Former President Bill Clinton waltzed into a stifling recreation center in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday afternoon and told 400 Hillary Clinton supporters that this time, it wasn't his fault.  

"I was dressed and ready to go two hours ago," he said, explaining that he was late because first, his plane couldn't take off and then, it couldn't land. The crowd, who'd queued up hours earlier in a persistent drizzle, didn't care. They wiped their brows and settled in to hear Clinton improvise one of his characteristically engaging, and sometimes rambling, stump speeches about what his wife would do if president.  

Randy Forbes Switches Virginia Districts for 2016 Race

   

Facing a redrawn 4th District much friendlier to Democrats, Virginia Republican Rep. J. Randy Forbes has decided to run for the 2nd District, currently held by retiring Rep. Scott Rigell .  

Virginia's Scott Rigell Not Running for Re-election

Rigell was first elected to the House in 2010. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:23 p.m.:  Three-term Virginia GOP Rep. Scott Rigell announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election in 2016 because he's achieved what he set out to do.  

"You might ask, 'Why is now the time to leave?' The answer is found in why I set aside all else and sought the office: to build a strong House majority that would check and balance the party that then controlled both political branches of the federal government. With your help we did just that," Rigell said in a statement that includes a chart showing discretionary spending falling since he came to Washington.  

Judges Select New Virginia Congressional Map

Virginia's new map would make Forbes' district more Democratic. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A federal three-judge panel selected a new congressional map for the 2016 elections Thursday.  

The map is one of two proposed maps that a court-appointed special master — in this case a political science professor at University of California, Irvine — released in November 2015 that would give Democrats a shot at picking up another seat. Currently, Democrats hold three of the state's 11 congressional seats. The new map would increase the black voting age population in the 4th District, currently held by GOP Rep. J. Randy Forbes. Several Democrats have already expressed interest in running for his seat.  

Before He Runs for Governor in 2017, Wittman Faces Uncertain District in 2016

Wittman is running for governor in 2017. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Virginia's 1st District Rep. Rob Wittman announced over the weekend that he's running for the GOP nomination for governor in 2017.  

“Obviously our focus is on winning in 2016, but I am preparing for 2017,” Wittman told The Washington Post on Dec. 12.  

Special Master Offers Alternative Virginia Congressional Maps

Scott's 3rd District is being redrawn after a court ruled the state legislature had drawn the lines to dilute African-Americans' influence. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Days after the Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal to a lower court's decision tossing out Virginia's 3rd Congressional District boundaries, a special master appointed by the lower court released two proposals to remedy the state's map Tuesday.  

University of California, Irvine, political science professor Bernard Grofman, whom a federal three-judge panel appointed as the special master earlier this fall after the state's General Assembly failed to agree upon a new map, rejected the eight existing map proposals.  

Ahead of Redraw, Virginia Republicans Jockey for Safe Seats

Brat is one of three Republicans whose district is most likely to change. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Virginia Democrats say their congressional map can’t get any worse.  

In a state President Barack Obama carried twice, their party holds just three seats in the 11-member delegation. With a new round of redistricting coming up next month, the question now is which districts get rougher for Republicans. A federal district court has given Virginia until Sept. 1 to redraw the lines of Democratic Rep. Robert C. Scott’s 3rd District, which it has twice ruled is unconstitutionally packed with blacks . The district runs along the James River between Richmond and Hampton Roads and is currently 57 percent black, according to 2013 census data.  

House Republicans Raise $3 Million for Vulnerable Members

Coffman is one of House Republican's most vulnerable members. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee will announce it has raised $3 million total for the 20 vulnerable incumbents through its Patriot program, according to figures provided first to Roll Call.

On Thursday, House Republican leaders hosted their second "Patriot Day" of the cycle — a fundraising event that contributed to that $3 million total. The Patriot program provides resources to the party's most vulnerable House members for their re-election efforts, including fundraising and communications support.

Rigell Receives Democratic Challenger | #VA02

Retired naval officer and former Pentagon official Suzanne Patrick announced on Tuesday that she will challenge two-term Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va., in the upcoming midterm elections.

Patrick, a self-described "centrist Democrat," most recently served as deputy undersecretary of Defense under President George W. Bush, and she said she is challenging Rigell because his policy stances hurt the large population of military families in the Old Dominion's 2nd District.

House GOP Adds 9 Vulnerable Incumbents to Patriot Program

Miller is a new member in the NRCC's incumbent retention program. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee will announce Monday that it has added nine members to its vulnerable incumbent program for the 2014 cycle, according to information provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call.

The Patriot program provides fundraising and communications support to incumbents who meet certain NRCC benchmarks in their re-election campaigns. The nine Patriot program additions join 11 House Republicans whom the NRCC already deemed vulnerable.