Special Election

Grimm and Donovan Go Nasty at Second Debate
Donovan hits Grimm for criminal record; Grimm hits Donovan for office dorm

Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., and former Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., clashed in their second primary debate. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Dan Donovan and former Rep. Michael Grimm’s second debate led to intense attacks and barbs not dissimilar from their first debate.

Grimm is challenging Donovan in the Republican primary to win back the seat for New York’s 11th District.

Why Republicans Aren’t Sweating After 2 Incumbents Lose Primaries
For one, GOP lawmakers who publicly criticize Trump are getting scarcer

Alabama GOP Rep. Martha Roby was forced into a primary runoff last week, largely over her past criticism of candidate Donald Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The defeat of one of the party’s most notorious political survivors this week wasn’t enough to scare House Republicans.

South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford, the disgraced former governor, had never lost an election before Tuesday. But his criticism of President Donald Trump did him in.

Giuliani to Campaign for Donovan in Heated GOP Primary
Incumbent congressman trails former Rep. Grimm in recent poll

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani will campaign for Republican Rep. Dan Donovan of New York in his primary against Michael Grimm, who held the seat before his tax evasion conviction. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will take time off as President Donald Trump’s media-friendly lawyer to campaign for Republican Rep. Dan Donovan in his heated primary race against disgraced former Rep. Michael G. Grimm.

Giuliani is slated to appear at a Donovan campaign rally Saturday afternoon. The former mayor will also be the keynote speaker at a campaign fundraiser for Donovan that morning, according to local media reports.

South Carolina’s Mark Sanford Falls in GOP Primary
Frequent Trump critic becomes second incumbent to lose this year

South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford lost his primary Tuesday night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford on Tuesday became the second incumbent of the year to fall in a Republican primary, losing to a challenger who questioned his loyalty to President Donald Trump.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, state Rep. Katie Arrington was leading Sanford 51 percent to 47 percent when The Associated Press called the race.

Millennials Could Shake Up Congress Next Session
15 face primary elections Tuesday

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., is currently the youngest member of Congress, one of the oldest collections of lawmakers in recent history, according to the Congressional Research Service. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Millennial candidates could change the age makeup of Congress, currently one of the oldest ever.

With an average age of 58 in the House and 62 in the Senate, this Congress is the oldest of any in recent history, according to a report by Congressional Research Service.

Former Rep. Tim Murphy Honorably Discharged After Scandal, Outcome of Review Unknown
Pennsylvania Republican left Navy amid reports of an extramarital affair

Former Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., attends a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center to call on the Senate to pass mental health reform legislation. Murphy was honorably discharged from the Navy in September 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After reports of an extramarital affair torpedoed former Rep. Tim Murphy’s congressional career, the Navy launched its own review of his conduct.

Murphy, a commander in the Navy Reserves, was honorably discharged. That officially happened on Sept. 11, 2017, according to the Navy.

Kathleen Williams Wins Democratic Nod to Challenge Gianforte in Montana
Gianforte is running for his first full term after winning special election last year

Kathleen Williams won the Democratic nod to challenge GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte, above, in Montana. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Former state Rep. Kathleen Williams won the Democratic nomination for Montana’s at-large House seat Tuesday.

Williams will take on Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte, who’s running for his first full term in November after being elected in a May 2017 special election

Roby Forced Into Runoff in Alabama GOP Primary
Congresswoman drew fire in the 2nd District for not supporting Trump in 2016

Alabama Rep. Martha Roby’s criticism of candidate Donald Trump in 2016 earned her a multi-candidate challenge this cycle and has now forced her into a GOP primary runoff. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Alabama Rep. Martha Roby is heading to a primary runoff against party-switching former Rep. Bobby Bright after failing to garner a majority of Republican votes Tuesday night.

Tina Smith Maiden Speech Addresses #MeToo, Franken and the Future
Appointed Minnesota DFL senator is running to fill out predecessor’s term this fall

Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., appointed to fill the seat of Al Franken, is running in a special election to fill out his term. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith delivered her maiden speech on the floor Tuesday with a message seemingly designed to turn the page on the circumstances that brought her to Congress.

Joining the Senate in January, Smith took over the seat vacated by fellow Democrat Al Franken, who stepped aside following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Democrat Plays a Little Gamesmanship in the Ron Estes vs. Ron Estes Primary

Rep. Ron Estes, R-Kan., has requested to use the prefix "Rep." on the GOP primary ballot in August. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A Democrat is sowing more chaos into the GOP primary battle between Kansas Rep. Ron Estes and his opponent, Ron M. Estes.

Laura Lombard, one of the two top Democrats running to unseat the incumbent Estes in Kansas’ 4th District, filed a request with the State Objections Board to remove the “Rep.” prefix from the congressman’s name on the primary ballot, saying the title violates state law.