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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and run somewhere else
Comeback trail for 2020 candidates sometimes means running in a different district — or state

Rep. Susie Lee won Nevada’s 3rd District last fall after losing the Democratic primary in the 4th District two years earlier. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A handful of House candidates this cycle aren’t letting previous losses — or geography — get in the way of another congressional run. Dozens of members of Congress lost races before eventually winning, but some politicians are aiming their aspirations at different districts, and in some cases different states, to get to Capitol Hill.

In Arizona, Democrat Hiral Tipirneni lost two races to Republican Debbie Lesko in the 8th District last year, including a special election. This cycle, she is seeking the Democratic nomination in the neighboring 6th District to take on Republican incumbent David Schweikert.

Word on the Hill: Kickstart an Obama-Biden Sci-Fi Sitcom
What some former members are up to

Graphic courtesy of creator Adam Reid via Kickstarter.

“Barry and Joe: The Animated Series” is actually being created and has an executive producer — local activist and communications consultant Erick Sanchez. He was put in the position on Monday to get the ball rolling on production.

The series, created and directed by Adam Reid, is an animated science fiction sitcom in which former President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. are “bromancing the multiverse to save us from ourselves.”

K Street Eyes Outgoing Lawmakers for Jobs
Premium on figuring out Trump and who knows who

Nebraska Rep. Brad Ashford says he hadn’t determined whether K Street would be the right fit for him. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The more than 50 lawmakers who will be jobless in a few weeks may encounter an unpredictable market on K Street, should they consider taking a spin through the revolving door.

Business interests feel bullish on next year’s potentially frenzied legislative agenda, stocked with tax and health care overhauls and debate over new infrastructure projects. But most lobbying groups have a tenuous rapport with the incoming Trump administration and are evaluating their hiring through that lens.

New Member: Democrat McEachin Picks Up Virginia's 4th District Seat
Democrats had the advantage in redrawn district

(Photo courtesy Donald McEachin)

Another Democrat will pick up a House seat, this time in Virginia’s open 4th District, The Associated Press projects.

Virginia state Sen. Donald McEachin led Republican Mike Wade by 54 percent to 46 percent with 85 percent of precincts reporting. McEachin is set to become the state’s second black congressman after Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott.

New Member: Republican Scott Taylor Wins Virginia’s Reconfigured 2nd District
Seat became more Republican after court-mandated redistricting

(Courtesy photo Scott Taylor)

Republican state Del. Scott Taylor has defeated Democrat Shaun D. Brown to win Virginia’s reconfigured 2nd District seat, The Associated Press projects.

Taylor led Brown 59.9 percent to 40.1 percent with almost a third of precincts reporting.

Your Boss Lost the Primary, Now What?
Most say they wouldn't wait for their last payday before bolting for another job

North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers, left, lost her primary in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With primary season essentially over, some offices full of Capitol Hill staffers know they won’t have jobs after January.

If your boss lost his or her primary, your paycheck ends on Jan. 2, 2017.

K Street Money Fuels House Challengers to Victory
Primary hopefuls woo lobbyists, some listen

K Street is written above the entrance to an office building in downtown Washington, DC. K Street is the center of the political lobbyist industry in Washington. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Tim Huelskamp alienated business lobbyists during his three House terms as he pushed for government shutdowns and an end to the Export-Import Bank. Lobbyists responded by backing the Kansas Republican’s primary opponent.

Huelskamp lost that contest in Kansas' 1st District last month to Roger Marshall, an OB-GYN, who appears to be a shoo-in for the safe GOP seat.

Florida House Primary Results: Contests Set in Tossup Seats; A Few New 115th Faces Likely Known
With redistricting earlier this year and many retirements, the Florida delegation is getting a makeover

Randy Perkins won the Democratic primary in Florida's 18th District, a tossup seat vacated by Rep. Patrick Murphy. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated as of 10: 50 p.m. | With Florida primary races now settled, the general election can begin to take shape in the state's two tossup seats that Democrats need to secure the House majority.

In Florida's 18th District, which Rep. Patrick Murphy is vacating to run for Senate, the national Democrats' preferred candidate won. Wealthy businessman Randy Perkins defeated Jonathan Chane. Perkins poured more than $3 million of his own money into his campaign and is prepared to spend much more in the general. 

Embattled Corrine Brown Ousted in Primary
Florida Democrat's campaign had been clouded by legal troubles

Florida Rep. Corrine Brown, who is under indictment for mail and wire fraud, lost her primary Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated as of 10: 57 p.m. | Florida Rep. Corrine Brown was defeated in her Democratic primary in the state's dramatically redrawn 5th District, as she deals with fallout following her indictment on fraud charges in July.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, former state Sen. Al Lawson unseated Brown with 48 percent of the vote to 39 percent for the 12-term congresswoman. Former congressional aide LaShonda Holloway trailed with 13 percent.

Florida GOP Primaries Will Shape Next Year's Conference
Five of the state's 8 open seats are safe for Republicans

Mary Thomas, Republican candidate for Florida's 2nd District, has the support of the House Freedom Fund. (JM Rieger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With a third of Florida's delegation retiring at the end of this term, open-seat races dot the Sunshine State's redistricted congressional map.

Five of the open eight House seats are in Safe Republican districts, which means the winners of Tuesday's primaries will likely be the next members of Congress.