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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

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

Articles by David Sherfinski

Incumbent Democratic Rep. Ami Bera, speaks during a debate with Republican challenger Doug Ose, for California's 7th Congressional District seat in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. Bera and Ose debated subjects including health care, water and the problems in the Middle East. (Associated Press)

DCCC pulling out of NoVa to boost Dem incumbent in Calif.

The House Democrats' campaign arm is pulling its resources from a competitive Northern Virginia congressional race to boost a freshman incumbent in Northern California, signifying a major change in the dynamic of one of Democrats' precious few pickup opportunities this year. Published October 9, 2014

Democrats reroute $3M in campaign spending

The House Democratic campaign arm is pulling nearly $3 million in planned advertising from a Republican-held but competitive Northern Virginia congressional race to spend the money in California, a source tracking ad buys confirmed Thursday, continuing a trend that has seen Democrats shift away from offense and toward defending their own seats. Published October 9, 2014

Former South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds is seen in Sioux Falls on Feb. 20, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Dems to pour $1M into South Dakota Senate race: report

The official campaign arm for Senate Democrats is reportedly planning to spend $1 million in an effort to keep a seat coming open in South Dakota out of Republican hands in a race long thought to be out of reach. Published October 8, 2014

Rand Paul heading to Virginia for Gillespie, Brat

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, is heading to Virginia next week to help boost Republicans Ed Gillespie and Dave Brat, who are running this year for seats in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House, respectively. Published October 8, 2014

Republican Ed Gillespie, left, and Sen. Mark Warner, right. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Sen. Mark Warner: D.C. doesn't need another 'partisan warrior' in Ed Gillespie

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner repeatedly called Republican opponent Ed Gillespie a partisan political warrior incapable of seeing issues outside of the lens of party politics, as the two candidates squared off in a prime-time debate Tuesday evening in the battle for U.S. Senate in Virginia. Published October 7, 2014

Romney to Northern Virginia for Comstock Tuesday

Former Massachusetts Gov. and 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is scheduled to appear at a fundraiser Tuesday evening in McLean, Virginia, for Del. Barbara Comstock, who is running to replace retiring GOP Rep. Frank Wolf as the representative for the state's 10th congressional district. Published September 30, 2014

David Brat says he is focusing right now on getting to know Virginia's 7th Congressional District rather than looking ahead to whom he would support as House speaker if he wins election, but he indicated that the economy is a big issue for him. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Likely Cantor replacement Brat unsure he’ll support Boehner

Republican congressional candidate David Brat would not commit to supporting John A. Boehner as House speaker next year and isn't ready to say whether he backs President Obama's tactics to fight Islamic State terrorists in Syria and Iraq. Published September 30, 2014

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, during a House Foreign Affairs committee hearing. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

Ed Royce: Circumvent Baghdad if necessary to arm Kurds, religious minorities

Rep. Ed Royce, California Republican and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said providing weapons to religious minority groups battling the Islamic State in Iraq is one way to combat the terrorist group — even if it means going around the Iraqi government. Published September 29, 2014