Republican National Convention 2016

Generation Gap: Can Clinton and Trump Reach Millennials?
Attitudes, timing and social media all play a factor

How do you get young people interested in your campaign? With both major-party candidates drawing lukewarm responses from millennial voters, the campaigns have their work cut out for them. (Daniel A. Anderson/CQ Roll Call)

Millennials played a big part in getting President Barack Obama into the White House. But they aren't nearly as enthusiastic about their choices to succeed him.

Not only do candidates have to engage this demographic, they have to find them first. The groundbreaking methods of media engagement that the Obama campaign used in 2008 are no longer applicable to millennials. That's because of innovations in social media in the eight years since.

White House Sees Opportunity in Trump's Pitch to African-Americans
Obama spokesman: GOP nominee's tax plan hurts "everyone" but the rich

Colorado Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Darryl Glenn spoke to a mostly white audience at the  2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is trying to reach out to African-American voters.  (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The White House appears to sense an opportunity in Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s recent outreach to African-Americans.

Speaking in Michigan on Friday, Trump made a pitch for black voters to support him in November. "You're living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed,” Trump said.

Private Immigrant Detention Firm Gave $45K to Trump Fundraising Group
The GEO Group operates more than five dozen facilities nationwide

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has previously expressed support for private prisons. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The political arm of one of the country’s leading operators of federally contracted immigrant detention facilities donated $45,000 last month to a joint fundraising committee supporting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, according to a recent Federal Election Commission filing.

The political action committee representing The GEO Group, Inc., made the donation on July 27 to the Trump Victory fund, a joint committee also supporting the Republican National Committee and 11 state parties. Donors to GEO's PAC are almost entirely employees of the Boca Raton, Florida-based company.

Ratings Change: 7 States Shift Toward Clinton in Electoral College
Democrat projected to win 332 electoral votes — she needs 270 to win

Donald Trump appears to be drowning in the wake of the conventions.

The Canaries in the Collapsing Trump Coal Mine
Pro-Trump down-ballot Republicans find their fortunes sinking

North Carolina Sen. Richard M. Burr, an early backer of Donald Trump, faces a tough re-election fight in the Tar Heel state. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

There was a time in the early summer of 2016, after Donald Trump seemed to have locked up the Republican presidential nomination but before he attacked an Indiana judge as “Mexican” and picked a ruthless fight with a Gold Star family, that embracing Trump as a down-ticket candidate seemed like a gamble worth taking.

For newcomers, it would be a way to both get early media attention and surf off the best of the Trump brand to tell voters they were a new kind of candidate, too. For incumbents, going full-Trump was the path of least resistance — a way to stay loyal to the party and its likely nominee, and associate with the man who was, against all odds, clobbering the competition in their states.

First Trump TV Ads Air in Battleground States
Ad buy hits Clinton on the 'rigged' system


Donald Trump's campaign launched its first general election TV ad on Friday in battleground states where the Republican nominee trails Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, hitting her for a "rigged" system. 

The commercial will run in Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania until Aug. 29, NBC News reported.

Ryan Transfers $500K to Wisconsin GOP for Ground Game Efforts
Cash infusion expected to benefit Johnson in Senate race

Speaker Paul Ryan, seen here flashing a W sign at the Wisconsin delegation at the 2016 Republican National Convention, is hitting the campaign trail for GOP House candidates this month. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Speaker Paul D. Ryan transferred half a million dollars from his campaign account to the Wisconsin Republican Party during the second quarter reporting period, which the party intends to use to strengthen its ground game efforts.

"This investment will make our party even stronger, building an unprecedented ground game to elect Republicans up and down the ballot in 2016," Wisconsin GOP Chairman Brad Courtney said.

We're Underestimating the Donald Trump Debacle
Failure to build campaign organization could do lasting damage to the GOP

Polls could be significantly underestimating Hillary Clinton's victory margins that will be seen on Election Day, writes Jonathan Allen. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

If Donald Trump were the dictator of a banana republic trying to hold onto power against the will of his people, this is the moment when his tanks would start rolling on his cities. Or, given his particular demolition fetish, when the nukes would start falling on them.

That’s because he’s heading, with reckless abandon, toward an Electoral College wipeout. His chances of winning the old-fashioned way are so far gone that his campaign and its surrogates have laid out a three-option plan for defeating Hillary Clinton: imprison her without trial, execute her for treason (again without trial), or delegitimize our hard-earned democratic election system.

Ryan to Cover 12 States Campaigning for House Candidates in August
Speaker in high demand among House Republican hopefuls

Speaker Paul D. Ryan is in the middle of a busy August campaigning for House Republican incumbents and hopefuls. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After his overwhelming primary victory in Wisconsin last week, Speaker Paul D. Ryan is hitting the campaign trail to help some of his House Republican colleagues and GOP congressional hopefuls replicate that success. 

Ryan will visit eight states between now and the end of August to host fundraisers and bring some of his Republican Party star power to incumbents and newcomers running in House races. Counting events the speaker held in Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington earlier this month, that will bring his August campaign travel total to 12 states, a Ryan political aide told Roll Call. 

Liz Cheney Is Likely Wyoming's Next Congresswoman
She wins the GOP primary for state's at-large House seat

Liz Cheney, center, seen here with Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi in Washington in December 2015, won the Cowboy State's Republican primary Tuesday for its at-large House seat. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Liz Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, has won the Republican primary for Wyoming's at-large congressional district, setting her up for an easy November election in this safe Republican seat.

When the Associated Press called the race Tuesday night, she had carried 40 percent of the vote in the nine-way primary for the seat her father once held.