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Can Aruna Miller Upset the Largest Self-Funder in House Race History?
Maryland hopeful has many of the credentials that have boosted Democratic women this year

Maryland state Del. Aruna Miller greets voters at an early polling place in Gaithersburg, Md, on June 18. She stands behind the electioneering line which prevents a candidate from being too close to a voting site. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — If there’s one electoral trend from 2018 so far, it’s that Democratic women are winning primaries in House districts across the country.

But in Maryland, which has no women in its congressional delegation for the first time in more than 40 years, the most competitive woman running for the Democratic nomination in the open 6th District is at a big disadvantage.

Analysis: The GOP Civil War Continues Without Even a Pause
Battle for Trey Gowdy’s open seat in South Carolina a bitter affair

The battle for the open seat of retiring Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., has laid bare the ongoing GOP civil war. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

While many dissected Corey Stewart’s recent Virginia Republican Senate primary victory and South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford’s defeat in his bid for renomination, an even more interesting runoff race is underway in the Palmetto State.

The June 12 Republican primary in Trey Gowdy’s open 4th District seat produced a runoff pitting first-place finisher Lee Bright, a former state senator, against William Timmons, a first-term state senator.

Kid Rock Campaigns for Michigan Republican Senate Candidate
Musician apologizes for his fake Senate bid last year

Kid Rock attends the Kentucky Derby last month in Louisville, Kentucky. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images file photo)

If you’re a Kid Rock fan feeling jilted after the country rock star’s short-lived, fake campaign for Senate last year, wallow no more. The Devil Without a Cause might not be challenging Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in Michigan this November, but he thinks he knows who is up to the task.

The musician — whose real name is Robert Ritchie — rallied Tuesday night for Republican candidate John James in Michigan and encouraged Republican voters to support him in the state’s August 7 primary, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Former Rep. Tim Murphy Honorably Discharged After Scandal, Outcome of Review Unknown
Pennsylvania Republican left Navy amid reports of an extramarital affair

Former Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., attends a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center to call on the Senate to pass mental health reform legislation. Murphy was honorably discharged from the Navy in September 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After reports of an extramarital affair torpedoed former Rep. Tim Murphy’s congressional career, the Navy launched its own review of his conduct.

Murphy, a commander in the Navy Reserves, was honorably discharged. That officially happened on Sept. 11, 2017, according to the Navy.

The Central Valley Surprise: Why Democrats Came Close to a Shutout
A second Republican performed well in California’s 10th — and no one saw it coming

Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., is expected to face a Democrat in November for his 10th District seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats in Southern California faced a real threat of not making the general ballot in certain races before Tuesday’s primaries. But no one saw that coming in the Central Valley.

Democrats laser-focused on three races in Southern California, but not on the 10th District in the Central Valley, held by Republican Rep. Jeff Denham

Democrats Irked by Latest Judicial Confirmation Hearing
Senate committee moves forward without a blue slip from Pennsylvania Democrat Bob Casey

Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. Bob Casey was not on board with a federal appeals court pick from his state, but the Judiciary Committee moved forward anyway. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a confirmation hearing Wednesday for a fourth federal appeals court pick who didn’t get approval from one of his home-state senators, causing more consternation from Democrats that the White House was cutting them out of the nomination process.

This time, Sen. Bob Casey did not give his approval for the confirmation hearing. The Pennsylvania Democrat opposes the nomination of David Porter for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit based in Philadelphia.

Torres Small, Herrell to Battle for New Mexico Open Seat
Democrats are targeting the 2nd District as a potential pickup opportunity

Xochitl Torres Small earned the Democratic nod in New Mexico’s 2nd District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New Mexico Republicans and Democrats chose female candidates Tuesday night for what could be a competitive race for the 2nd District. GOP incumbent Rep. Steve Pearce vacated the seat to run for governor, and Democrats eye it as a potential pickup opportunity.

Lawyer Xochitl Torres Small won the Democratic nod, and state Rep. Yvette Herrell is the GOP pick in the district, which covers the southern half of the state. 

Iowa Democrats Pick 2 Women in Competitive House Races Against Blum, Young
Abby Finkenauer, Cindy Axne both avoid runoffs in Hawkeye State

Reps. Rod Blum, center, and David Young, right, here with fellow Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King at an event on the Hill in January, are facing competitive re-election races once again. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Iowa Democrats are targeting two Republican congressmen this fall, and they chose two women as their nominees in the 1st and 3rd districts in Tuesday’s primaries. No woman has ever been elected to the House from the Hawkeye State. 

President Donald Trump carried both districts in 2016, but Democrats believe a favorable national environment and strong challengers could make these Republicans vulnerable.

What Lawmakers Do When They Leave After Harassment Allegations
Six have left so far this Congress

Former Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., here at a news conference in December 2016, resigned his seat last October amid revelations of an extramarital affair. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Six members of Congress have left office in the past few months after allegations ranging from firing female staffers who rejected sexual advances to pressuring a lover to get an abortion.

While their resignations mean they no longer have a vote in Congress, that doesn’t mean their careers are over. Former lawmakers are moving forward by flying under the radar, grabbing the sides of a lectern or sticking with politics.

Even in California, Democratic Women Must Overcome Political Hurdles
Traditional barriers and a unique primary system challenge candidates

California Democrat Katie Porter, who is running in the 45th District, speaks at an event in Laguna Woods on May 19. The California primary is on June 5. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

NEWHALL, Calif. — Diane Trautman remembers a time when “hardened attitudes” existed toward female candidates in Southern California, including the notion “that women don’t have the brain power or the stamina … to really be effective leaders.”

Fast forward to the present.