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Chris Pappas Running for Open New Hampshire Seat
Pappas has long been desirable recruit for national Democrats

New Hampshire Executive Councilor Chris Pappas is running for the Tossup seat being vacated by Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, seen here at right campaigning in Rochester in September 2016 (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New Hampshire Democrat Chris Pappas, a member of the Executive Council, announced his bid for the open 1st District on Thursday. 

National Democrats have been interested in Pappas for years — and he himself had considered running in 2016 — but both he and the party deferred to Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, who won re-election to the 1st District for the fourth nonconsecutive time last fall.

Democrats Identify Vulnerable Members for 2018
DCCC names 19 incumbents to Frontline Program

New Hampshire Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, chairwoman of the DCCC’s Frontline Program, is herself a Frontline member heading into 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Monday is naming 19 members to the Frontline Program for its most vulnerable incumbents in 2018.

The initial Frontline roster, obtained first by Roll Call, is about half freshman members. Eight members won in districts President Donald Trump carried last fall. And all of them, save for one, are National Republican Congressional Committee initial targets.

NRCC Goes After Blue-Collar Districts in 2018
GOP campaign arm releases list of 36 initial targets

Rep. Tim Walz speaks with guests during a campaign event in Duluth for fellow Minnesota Rep. Rick Nolan last fall. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The National Republican Congressional Committee’s initial list of offensive targets for 2018 includes 36 Democrat-held districts, many in blue-collar areas of the country.

If Democrats are targeting the well-educated suburbs (see New Jersey’s 11th District, for example), where Donald Trump either barely won or underperformed, Republicans are going after many rural districts where Hillary Clinton underperformed the congressional ticket. 

Shea-Porter Returns to Congress, Defeats Guinta in New Hampshire’s 1st District
Shea-Porter and Guinta faced off for the fourth straight time

Carol Shea-Porter, right, will return to Congress for the third time after beating Frank C. Guinta in their fourth matchup. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrat Carol Shea-Porter will be returning to Congress, The Associated Press projects, after defeating Republican Rep. Frank C. Guinta in New Hampshire’s 1st District.

 

Dueling Polls Give Different Read on New Hampshire House Race
Democratic poll puts Shea-Porter up 10, GOP poll has Guinta up 4

Former Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, right, talks with guests at a Pride Day event in Rochester, N.H., on Sept. 10. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Two polls released this week from New Hampshire's swingy 1st District paint different pictures of the race for a seat that's traded hands every two years since 2010.

On Friday, House Majority PAC released a poll conducted by Normington Petts that gave former Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter a 10-point lead over Republican incumbent Rep. Frank C. Guinta in a five-way matchup.

2 Months to Go: The 10 Most Vulnerable House Members
Once again, it's all Republicans on this month's list

Florida Rep. David Jolly now leads the list of the most vulnerable House incumbents. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Republican freshmen sitting in Democratic-leaning districts continue to dominate the list of the 10 most vulnerable House incumbents.

But since this list was last compiled in early July, a few members have changed spots.

Frank Guinta Primary Challenger Suspends Campaign
The vulnerable Republican still faces a tough re-election road ahead of the September primary

Guinta lost one primary challenger Friday, but still faces a tough path to re-election. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

University of New Hampshire professor Dan Innis announced Friday that he is suspending his primary campaign against vulnerable Republican Rep. Frank C. Guinta in the Granite State's 1st District.  

“After long discussions with my family and staff I have decided to suspend my campaign for Congress. My commitments to the University of New Hampshire, to my business interests and, most importantly, to my family, do not currently align with the needs of a full-time congressional campaign," Innis said in a statement.  

‘14 Losers Looking for Second Chance in ‘16
A dozen House candidates hoping to turn narrow losses into future victories

Illinois Democrat Brad Schneider is running against Rep. Robert Dold to reclaim his old seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In sports and in politics, losing by a little can be harder than losing by a lot. At least a dozen 2016 candidates are hoping that their close calls in 2014 were more than a mirage of a missed opportunity.  

California Republican Paul Chabot could barely get national GOP strategists to acknowledge his existence last cycle when he lost to Democrat Pete Aguilar, 52-48 percent, in the 31st District open-seat race.