Republican primaries

Seventeen Republicans Walk into a Primary...
(No, not that one)

Clockwise from top, left: Ted Budd, Julia Howard, Andrew Brock, Matt McCall, Vernon Robinson, and Kay Daly are some of the GOP candidates vying for the open seat in North Carolina's 13th District.

Seventeen Republicans in the same primary? Voters know how that race turned out .    

But the GOP presidential race wasn't the only primary this year to feature 17 candidates.  

Free Guns Anyone?
North Carolina's Greg Brannon isn't the first to raffle off firearms

Brannon is just the latest Republican to raise attention for his campaign by raffling off firearms. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Nothing says Republican primaries like a gun raffle.  

North Carolina Republican Greg Brannon is just the latest Republican candidate to offer up a free firearm in hopes of growing his list of supporters.  

Hunger Games in North Carolina
Two GOP incumbents vie for the same seat

Holding, who currently represents the 13th District, is running in North Carolina's new 2nd District. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 5:00 p.m. |  The first Republican member of Congress to lose a seat this year will almost surely hail from North Carolina.  

The state holds its congressional primaries next month, and in a rare political twist of fate, two incumbents are facing off in the 2nd Congressional District.   

Internal Poll: Virginia District Switcher Facing Competitive Primary
But GOP Rep. J. Randy Forbes still holds a fundraising edge

Rep. J. Randy Forbes, who currently represents Virginia's 4th District, is running for the GOP nod in the 2nd District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Virginia Del. Scott Taylor hasn't taken well to Rep. J. Randy Forbes' decision to switch districts.  

But new polling from the Taylor campaign suggests he may be competitive with the congressman in the Virginia Beach-based 2nd District.  

Indiana Will Test Club for Growth's Evolution
Conservative group is selective where it plays in open-seat races

Jim Banks is the Club's pick in Indiana's 3rd District.  (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The Club for Growth has made a name for itself trying to unseat GOP incumbents.  

But this year, with its 2010 winners up for re-election, the conservative outside group is playing defense , largely conserving its resources for open-seat opportunities in which it thinks it can make a difference.  

Six Ways Cruz and Fiorina Are the Same
From pro-life politics to Texas ties

Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and a former presidential candidate, was picked by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as his running mate should he win the GOP nomination. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Republican presidential candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has a lot in common with his newly announced potential running mate, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina — even beyond knowing what it's like to be on the receiving end of their rival Donald Trump's name-calling .

   

When Motherhood Sets Your Congressional Campaign Apart
Erin Houchin is the only woman in a five-way Indiana Republican primary

Houchin high fives her son, Graham, 7, after spelling a word correctly after dinner in their home in Salem, Ind. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

SALEM, Ind. — Erin Houchin had a long day.  

Sitting down to dinner with her family, still in a blazer and dress from campaign events, the Republican Indiana state senator and congressional candidate had traded her espadrille wedges for some untied sneakers that her kids told her would make her trip.  

'Who is This Trey Guy?' Indiana's 9th District Asks
Newly transplanted Tennesseean accused of trying to buy congressional seat

Joseph A. "Trey" Hollingsworth III moved to Indiana last fall, into the apartment building above, seen from across the Ohio River from Kentucky. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — In a luxury high-rise across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky, resides one of this year’s most elusive congressional candidates.  

Joseph A. “Trey” Hollingsworth III, 32, listed the complex on his candidate declaration form for Indiana’s 9th District, but he hasn't been there long.  

Tennessean Spends Big To Make Hoosiers Get To Know Him

Hollingsworth is running for the seat being vacated by Young, above. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After spending $221,000 on the air in Indiana's 9th District over the past five weeks, Indiana Jobs Now, a super PAC backing Republican Trey Hollingsworth, has released an internal poll suggesting that the Tennessee transplant is gaining traction in the district.  

The live caller poll  of 600 likely Republican primary voters from National Research Inc. puts Hollingsworth's name recognition at 61 percent, closely trailing the 70 percent who recognize Attorney General Greg Zoeller, who's also running for the open seat. Three-term Rep. Todd Young is running for the GOP nomination for Senate. Conducted Feb. 21-23 with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent, the poll's ballot test put Hollingsworth at the top of the five candidates surveyed. Hollingsworth garnered 17 percent, followed by Zoeller with 16 percent and state Sen. Erin Houchin with 9 percent. Trailing the field were state Sen. Brent Walz with 4 percent and engineer Robert Hall with 3 percent.  

Todd Young Remains on Indiana GOP Senate Primary Ballot

Young's place on the ballot has been challenged. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In a laborious and at times heated hearing Friday afternoon, Indiana's Election Commission voted not to uphold combined challenges to Rep. Todd Young's appearing on the GOP Senate primary ballot.  

Democrats challenged Young's place on the ballot earlier this month, arguing that he submitted fewer signatures from the 1st District than the requisite 500. The Indiana Election Division found Young's campaign had 501 signatures from the 1st District.