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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

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Martha McSally, candidate for Congressional District 2, makes a speech to supporters during a Republican election night party at the Sheraton Tucson Hotel and Suites, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Mamta Popat)

Arizona's House race could head to recount

The too-close-to-call race between Democratic Rep. Ron Barber and Republican Martha McSally in Arizona's second congressional district could be headed for a recount. Published November 12, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, smiles as he welcomes some of the new GOP senators-elect in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. From left are, Sen.-elect Mike Rounds, R-S.D., Sen.-elect Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Mitch McConnell, Sen.-elect Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., Sen.-elect James Lankford, R-Okla., and Sen.-elect Tom Cotton, R-Ark. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Club for Growth endorses six GOP senators for re-election in 2016

As both sides continue to pick up the pieces from the 2014 midterm elections, the conservative Club for Growth on Wednesday cast its gaze a bit further ahead, throwing its support behind six Republican U.S. senators up for re-election in 2016. Published November 12, 2014

Marco Rubio's new book set for January release

Sen. Marco Rubio's new book is scheduled for a January release as potential 2016 GOP presidential contenders jockey for positioning and weigh the timing of when to announce a decision on whether or not they're running. Published November 12, 2014

President Obama raises his glass to toast during a luncheon hosted by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sept. 24, 2014, at the United Nations headquarters. (Associated Press) **FILE**

From hope to nope: Democratic brand in record ruins on Obama's watch

The favorability of the Democratic party is now at an all-time low, according to Gallup, falling 6 points to 36 percent in the wake of the party's losses in this year's midterm elections and sinking below the favorability of the Republican party for the first time in more than three years. Published November 12, 2014

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during the Grand Strand Patriotic Alliance Veterans' Day program at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (AP Photo/The Sun News, Charles Slate) LOCAL PRINT OUT (MYRTLE BEACH HERALD OUT, HORRY INDEPENDENT OUT, CAROLINA FOREST CHRONICLE, GEORGETOWN TIMES OUT)

Rick Perry in South Carolina: 'You'll see me again'

Even if Texas Gov. Rick Perry doesn't end up running for president, it sounds like he's at least planning to visit the early presidential primary state of South Carolina again. Published November 11, 2014

President Barack Obama nominates former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary as he makes a statement to reporters at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014. If confirmed by the Senate, McDonald would succeed Eric Shinseki, the retired four-star general who resigned last month as the scope of the issues at veterans' hospitals became apparent. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Robert McDonald: Firings have begun at Veterans Affairs

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald said Tuesday that firing processes have begun for employees flagged for disciplinary action in the wake of recent issues with the department that have seen veterans shuttled to secret waiting lists, among other things. Published November 11, 2014

President Barack Obama meets with Congressional leaders in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. From left are, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) **FILE**

Americans want congressional GOP, not Obama, to lead country: poll

In the wake of a 2014 midterm election cycle that saw Republicans re-take control of the U.S. Senate and pad their already sizable majority in the House, a majority of Americans now want congressional Republicans, not President Obama, to have more influence over the direction of the nation in the next year. Published November 11, 2014

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2014 file photo, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks in Washington. The 2016 presidential race was about the new Republican-controlled Congress even before the 2014 polls closed. As the GOP rout became clear late Tuesday, would-be Democratic frontrunner Hillary Rodham Clinton was granted a ready-made foil in the Republican-led Congress that begins next year just as a handful of high-profile senators seized on their new status as a springboard into 2016. Key Republican governors, meanwhile, have already begun to distinguish themselves from unpopular congressional leaders in both parties. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Ted Cruz: Net neutrality is 'Obamacare for the Internet'

Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday blasted net neutrality as "the biggest regulatory threat to the Internet" in reaction to President Obama's request to the Federal Communications Commission to create new rules of the road. Published November 10, 2014

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks Governor-elect Greg Abbott's victory celebration in Austin, Texas.  (AP Photo/The Daily Texan, Mengwen Cao)

Rick Perry: Decision on presidential run to come next year

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is testing the early waters for a possible 2016 presidential campaign during a swing through New Hampshire this week, but doesn't plan to make a final decision on a run until the spring of next year, according to the Associated Press. Published November 10, 2014

U.S .Sen. Angus King, right, speaks Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Portland, Maine during an event where he endorsed independent Eliot Cutler, center, for Maine governor. (AP Photo/Joel Page)

Angus King: Democrats have become 'party of government itself'

Sen. Angus King, Maine independent, said Monday that one of the issues of the midterms was that the Democratic party has become the party of "government itself" — and said such a perception could pose a problem for someone like former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the would-be Democratic frontrunner for the 2016 presidential nomination. Published November 10, 2014

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks to reporters after voting at Briarwood Elementary School in Bowling Green, Ky., on Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Austin Anthony)

Rand Paul: War against Islamic State 'is now illegal'

In a new opinion piece, Sen. Rand Paul says President Obama must come to Congress to start a war and that he acted against the Islamic State without "true constitutional authority" since the country was not under attack at the time. Published November 10, 2014

In this Aug. 26, 2014, file photo, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., speaks to the news media in Weston, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: 'We know we're right on the issues'

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who chairs the Democratic National Committee, said the electoral success the party has enjoyed during presidential years "doesn't translate" in other elections and has announced a complete review of precisely where Democrats went wrong on Tuesday. Published November 10, 2014