Candidates

Imperfect Candidates Get Elected

Carroll is challenging Rep. Mike Coffman for Colorado's 6th Congressional District seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated: 12:50 p.m. |  Every day there’s a new story exposing a candidate or a politician, and each misstep is portrayed as a disqualifier — a mistake that will lead to the candidate’s demise. It can be easy to forget that imperfect people get elected to office.  

A few weeks ago, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee hosted a few dozen contenders from across the country for a candidate school, and I had a chance to sit down with a handful of them.  

Could National Security Make 2016 Tougher for Women Candidates?

Hassan joined with GOP governors calling on the federal government to stop accepting refugees from Syria until vetting "is as strong as possible." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As national security becomes a bigger issue in the wake of the attacks in Paris, some Democratic strategists worry the issue could cause troubles for their Senate candidates in 2016 — and women candidates in particular.  

Polling shows voters generally view Republicans stronger on national security issues than Democrats. But some Democratic strategists and pollsters add the issue is especially challenging for women, who do better at the ballot box when the economy and social issues are at the top of voters' minds.  

10 Jobs That Launch Congressional Candidates

Mowrer, an Iraq war veteran, is running for the second time. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

With an actress , an opera singer and a former NFL-linebacker  jockeying for Congress, it's again apparent that there's no professional barrier to mounting a congressional, or even a Senate, campaign.  

But the best candidates are really the ones with the best personalities.