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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 .  

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.  

Democrats Interested in Virginia's Fuzzy 4th District Bide Their Time

Democrats are hoping that a redrawn 4th District will allow them to take on Forbes. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Calls to political operatives on both sides of the aisle about Virginia's congressional redistricting yield a similar response: uncertainty and confusion.  

"I've told my members to sit tight and see where this thing goes with the courts," 4th District Democratic Committee Chair Susan Rowland told Roll Call.  Two Democrats — state Rep. Donald McEachin and Secretary of the Commonwealth Levar Stoney — have expressed interest in running should the district become more Democratic because of redistricting.  

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.  

DCCC Robocalls Target GOP on DHS Funding

Luján is chairman of the DCCC. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will launch robocalls against more than two dozen House Republicans Tuesday over the Department of Homeland Security funding flap , according to a script of the call provided first to CQ Roll Call.  

Many of the 29 targeted Republicans represent districts atop the DCCC's list of pick up opportunities in 2016. Democrats must net 30 seats to win control of the House.