Richard Burr

How Republicans Held the Senate
GOP prepared diligently for Trump, but he turned out to be a much different candidate than expected

Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, left, was re-elected to a second Senate term, defeating Democrat Katie McGinty. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republican and Democratic strategists alike felt the shock set in when they saw the Dane County returns in Wisconsin, the early vote tallies in rural Florida, and the struggles of a Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Indiana who was supposed to run well ahead of the party’s candidate for Senate, Evan Bayh.

The unthinkable was happening: Donald Trump was going to win the presidential race. And with it, he was smashing a year’s worth of strategy in a dozen competitive Senate races.  

Trump Gave Vulnerable GOP Senators an Unexpected Boost
Republicans keep majority in winning some races they had written off

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson.

Democrats spent months plotting how they could take back the Senate: Win Pennsylvania, steal an unexpected victory in Missouri, and up the score in blue states like New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Illinois.

All of their paths to a majority — every one of them — was built on the idea that Hillary Clinton would comfortably win the presidential race. As it turns out, that was a fatal flaw.

Burr Apologizes for ‘Bull’s-Eye’ Remark About Clinton
Said previously he was surprised Clinton’s face on a magazine didn’t have a bull’s-eye

North Carolina Sen. Richard M. Burr was criticized by his Democratic opponent Deborah Ross for the remark. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Richard M. Burr apologized Monday for comments he made over the weekend alluding to a bull’s-eye on Hillary Clinton’s face.

The North Carolina Republican, who is facing a tough re-election race against Democrat Deborah Ross, made the remark when speaking in Mooresville, North Carolina, noting that he had seen a rifle magazine with Clinton’s face on the cover.

Poll: GOP All but Certain to Hold Georgia, Iowa Senate Seats
Race in North Carolina between Burr and Ross remains tight

Iowa Sen. Charles E. Grassley, right, and Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson appear to be coasting in their respective Senate re-election races. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows the Senate races in Georgia and Iowa all but decided, while the North Carolina contest remains tight.

A survey of early voting in Georgia showed challenger Jim Barksdale ahead of incumbent Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson by 1 point among voters who cast early ballots. But Isakson held a commanding 54 percent to 40 percent lead among all likely voters. 

‘Wal-Mart Moms’ Don't Know Much About Senate Candidates
Focus group participants familiar with presidential race, very little down-ballot

Nevada Rep. Joe Heck is among the candidates in Senate races that "Wal-Mart moms" know little about. But they revealed, in a focus group on Tuesday, that they know a lot about the presidential race. (Bill Clark/Roll Call file photo)

The Senate race in Nevada between Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto and Republican Rep. Joe Heck is one of the marquee battlegrounds of 2016 — a contest that could determine which party controls the legislative body next year.

And yet, with just two weeks before Election Day, a key bloc of voters doesn’t know much about the race, its candidates, or even whom they’ll vote for.

The Most Effective Attack of the 2016 Election Cycle
Candidates accused of self-dealing are feeling the heat this year

North Carolina Republicans say Sen. Richard M. Burr’s race against Democratic challenger Deborah Ross was always going to be close. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Richard M. Burr last week bragged about an embarrassing personal detail most politicians would prefer to keep private: His retirement investments had sputtered — badly.

“Let me share with you, when I left the private sector 22 year ago, my retirement account was … worth a little over $200,000,” said the Republican senator from North Carolina, during a debate near Raleigh. “Today, it’s worth $258,000. Not a track record of investment many people in this country would follow.”

Ep. 25: How Republicans Can Lose the Senate
The Week Ahead

Get an insider’s take on the cliffhanger battles in the six states that will determine control of the Senate with Roll Call’s Nathan Gonzales and representatives from two of the largest Republican and Democratic Super PACs. Ian Prior from Senate Leadership Fund and Shripal Shah from Senate Majority PAC take us behind-the-scenes in the Super PAC world and discuss their ad strategy.

Are Senate Republicans Over-Performing Trump?
Kelly Ayotte, Marco Rubio lead the way among GOP senators

Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte is over-performing her party's presidential nominee Donald Trump by almost 9 points in New Hampshire. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Republicans have always believed that to hold their Senate majority they needed to run ahead of Donald Trump.

Some of their candidates are having more success than others.

In TV Ads, Senate Democrats Avoid Trump
Party strategists say their campaigns run deeper than the GOP nominee

North Carolina's Deborah Ross, center, has not yet linked her opponent Sen. Richard M. Burr to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in TV advertising in their Senate race. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats have run TV ads accusing North Carolina Sen. Richard M. Burr of profiting from his office, undermining Medicare, and exacerbating congressional gridlock.  

And yet, a month before Election Day, the party’s candidates and their allies have conspicuously and surprisingly avoided one subject altogether in their on-air barrage: Donald Trump.

Roger Wicker Waxes Optimistic About the Election
NRSC chairman says Senate races are going better than expected for GOP

Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker is sure to receive credit if the Republicans maintain control of the Senate this November. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The pressures of a blue state-heavy map, Donald Trump’s unconventional campaign, and “40 zillion” phone calls might have driven Roger Wicker to do something he hasn’t done since the 1970s.

Eat some Nutter Butters.