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House Losers Consider Senate Redux

Several senators facing competitive races next year frequently speak with the president over the phone.

Feb. 19, 2019, 11:01 a.m.

2018 IA-04 nominee J.D. Scholten (D) "is among a handful of former House Democratic hopefuls weighing runs for higher office after raising millions of dollars last cycle and capturing national attention. At least four others are considering running for Senate in 2020." Though all of the Democrats proved their fundraising abilities during the bids for the House, they also lost in what was a wave year for their party.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer "is trying to recruit" 2018 KY-06 nominee Amy McGrath (D) to run against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2017 GA-06 nominee Jon Ossoff (D) "says he will back" 2018 GA-GOV nominee Stacey Abrams (D) "for Senate, but isn’t 'ruling anything out if she decides against' challenging" Sen. David Perdue (R-GA). 2018 TX-31 nominee MJ Hegar (D) and 2018 TX-21 nominee Joseph Kopser (D) "are considering bids against" Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). Scholten has not ruled either way on challenging Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA).

"All of these Democrats proved they could raise the money necessary to compete in high-profile races last cycle and narrow the partisan performance gap in their districts. But they all also lost, which begs the question: Would their potential statewide bids be any different?" (Roll Call)

HOTLINE BLING. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Ernst, Perdue, Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Tom Cotton (R-AR) are all frequent phone call participants with President Donald Trump. "The chatterbox in chief has eschewed the traditional way that presidents communicate with members of Congress, calling lawmakers at all hours of the day without warning and sometimes with no real agenda. Congressional Republicans reciprocate in kind, increasingly dialing up the president directly to gauge his thinking after coming to terms with the fact that ultimately, no one speaks for Trump but Trump himself." (Washington Post)

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