Despite doggedly avoiding the press and being largely absent from the campaign trail, Nevada’s Catherine Cortez Masto is still managing to rack up negative headlines – and this week was no exception.

After he was caught getting cozy with anti-coal groups and listed as one of the “losers” at last week’s Democratic National Convention, Ted Strickland had reason to believe that things were looking up this week – he was getting ready to celebrate his 75th birthday, after all.

Privileged Patrick Murphy can add “fraidy cat” to his resume – and, for once, it wouldn’t be an embellishment. On Wednesday, the eternally equivocating candidate backed out of the only primary debate that he had agreed to.

An embarrassing exposé in Sunday’s Wall Street Journal capped off a terrible week for embattled New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. The story, which quoted de Blasio’s own staff members, detailed his “outbursts and condescending tone”:

Pennsylvania senate candidate Katie McGinty had her first big moment on the national stage with her speech on the final night of the Democratic National Convention and she…gave viewers a lot of insight into why she finished dead last in her 2014 primary

“Retread” Ted Strickland’s big moment bracketing the Republican National Convention in Cleveland took an off-message turn when he came under fire from reporters and Asian-American advocates for using fortune cookies to attack his opponent on China.

Democrats’ senate candidate recruitment efforts continue to be all over the map and one big mess.