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Army Lawyer Expected to Challenge Mooney in West Virginia

Democrats are excited about a challenger to Mooney. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With the filing deadline just over a week away, West Virginia Democrats are excited about a young recruit soon expected to announce his candidacy against freshman GOP Rep. Alex Mooney.  

Cory Simpson, an administrative law attorney in the U.S. Army, is transitioning off of active military duty, and will soon be getting in the race for West Virginia's 2nd District, multiple Democratic sources confirmed to Roll Call. Simpson's family is from Charleston, W.Va., but according to his LinkedIn profile, he lives in Silver Spring, Md., where his wife is an active duty Army doctor.  

Democrat Eyes Rematch in West Virginia's 2nd District

Casey, who lost by 3 points in 2014, may run again. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Nick Casey is considering challenging freshman Republican Rep. Alex Mooney, who narrowly beat him last year for the open seat long held by GOP Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.  

“Oh you never say 'never,'” Casey told CQ Roll Call when asked about his interest in the 2nd District seat.  

The Best Congressional Campaigns of 2014

Ernst is the senator-elect from Iowa. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As a national Republican wave crested on Election Day, there were several campaigns in both parties that stood out as outstanding operations.  

The GOP expanded its House majority and obtained control of the Senate. As a result, more Republican campaigns emerged deserving of the spotlight. But there were also several Democratic operations worthy of recognition.  

Sleeper No More: Both Parties Spending on Capito Seat (Updated)

Mooney is the Republican running in West Virginia's 2nd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:37 p.m. | National Democrats and Republicans will make major television buys in an off-the-radar House race in West Virginia, according to party sources tracking ad buys.  

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee intends to purchase $600,000 in airtime in West Virginia's 2nd District, an open-seat race to succeed Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito. The National Republican Congressional Committee will also make a $250,000 buy in Charleston through Election Day. The Democratic nominee is former state party chairman Nick Casey, who has longtime ties to the state and popular Sen. Joe Manchin, also a Democrat. While there is little doubt this is conservative territory, the GOP candidate is a newcomer to the state , former Maryland GOP Chairman Alex Mooney.  

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.  

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Alex Mooney

Alex Mooney was endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed Republican Alex Mooney on Tuesday in his competitive bid to replace GOP Rep. Shelley Moore Capito in West Virginia's 2nd District.  

The endorsement could potentially lead to support on the airwaves from the organization, which has already spent more than $14 million on races this cycle, according to numbers compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.  

West Virginia Newcomer Battles Carpetbagger Label

Mooney walks in the July Fourth parade. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

RIPLEY, W.Va. —  At the local Fourth of July parade, Alex Mooney proudly showed off his West Virginia concealed gun permit. The Republican's campaign colors are blue and gold — echoing the Mountain State’s flagship public college, West Virginia University. In a gold polo shirt, Mooney pointed to his son sporting a WVU baseball cap, standing near the campaign's pickup truck stuffed with gold balloons.  

In a place with a lot of Mountaineer pride, Mooney has outdone them all.  

NRCC Promotes 11 More to 'Young Guns'

NRCC Chairman Walden announced a new set of 'Young Gun" candidates. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The National Republican Congressional Committee has elevated 11 more candidates to "Young Gun" status, moving these prospects to the top tier of of their benchmark program for campaigns in 2014.  

“Candidates that reach ‘Young Gun’ status have met a series of rigorous goals that will put them in position to win on Election Day,” NRCC Chairman Greg Walden said in a Tuesday statement. "Our job as a committee is to help elect Republicans to office that will serve as a check and balance on the Obama administration." All of the following, newly-minted Young Gun candidates have recently won their primaries . The NRCC does not publicly pick sides in primaries.  

DCCC Promotes Nine Candidates to 'Red to Blue' Program for 2014

The DCCC Chairman is Israel. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Friday its latest round of candidates in "Red to Blue," a program that targets open-seat races and districts held by Republicans.  

House Democrats must pick up 17 seats to win control of that chamber — a daunting task in a midterm election. Offensive opportunities, like those in the Red to Blue program, are vital to the party's mission. The DCCC released its first round  of 35 Red to Blue candidates earlier this year.  

Tea Party Candidate Wins Republican Nod for Capito Seat

Mooney won the Republican primary race for West Virginia's 2nd District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Maryland GOP Chairman Alex Mooney won the Republican nomination Tuesday night in the race to replace seven-term Rep. Shelley Moore Capito in West Virginia's 2nd District.  

Capito is vacating the seat to run for the Senate. Strategists from both parties agree that this seat could be a potential Democratic pickup in the fall. The race is currently rated Leans Republican  by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.