Welcome to OVERNIGHT CAMPAIGN, your daily rundown from The Hill on all the latest news in the White House, Senate and House races.

It’s the final stretch before the 2016 election officially kicks off and the long-awaited primary season begins. With seven days to go before the Iowa caucuses, both primary fields are heating up as the race tightens between Democrats Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonUkrainian official denies Trump pressured president The Memo: 'Whistleblower' furor gains steam Missing piece to the Ukraine puzzle: State Department's overture to Rudy Giuliani MORE and Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll The polls are asking the wrong question Sanders unveils plan to eliminate Americans' medical debt MORE and Republicans Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzState Department's top arms control official leaving Sanders NASA plan is definitely Earth first Trump judicial picks face rare GOP opposition MORE.

For Democrats, Clinton, Sanders, and Martin O’Malley will have one last chance tonight to deliver their final pitches to voters at CNN’s Democratic forum. The town hall event comes as Sanders surges in Iowa and the two chief rivals have been sparring over differences on health care, guns, and foreign policy.

Check out The Hill throughout the evening for updates on the candidates’ appearances at the forum.

Republicans will also have a chance to square off before the first-in-the-nation caucus at Thursday’s Fox News debate in Des Moines as Trump seeks to beat back Cruz’s gains and the rest of the GOP field attempts to have a breakout moment before Feb. 1. But as The Hill’s Ben Kamisar reports, Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOn The Money: House votes to avert shutdown, fund government through November | Judge blocks California law requiring Trump tax returns | Senate panel approves three spending bills Paul objection snags confirmation of former McConnell staffer Defense bill talks set to start amid wall fight MORE is in danger again of getting cut from the primetime debate. Fox News’s criteria stipulates that candidates must poll within the top six in national polls or the top five in polls from early-voting Iowa or New Hampshire to make the main stage.

The Hill’s Niall Stanage maps out what to expect from all of the 2016 hopefuls as they prepare for the week ahead and on caucus night.

 

RACE TO 1600 PENN

LONE STAR LOYALTY: The Hill’s Mark Hensch reports: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) presidential bid. Perry, who dropped out of the presidential race in September, will start stumping for Cruz in Iowa on Tuesday.

SWITCHING TEAMS: The Hill’s Ben Kamisar reports: The South Carolina lawmaker and lawyer representing the family of Walter Scott, who was shot and killed last year by a police officer, switched his endorsement from Hillary Clinton to Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nod. Sanders will also launch a TV ad blitz in the Palmetto State to build momentum in the early-voting state that many view as Clinton’s firewall.

FRIENDLY FIRE:The Hill’s Ben Kamisar reports: Keep the Promise I, a super-PAC aligned with Ted Cruz, launched new ads that recalls Donald Trump’s past praise of the Texas senator. The ads, which will run in Iowa and South Carolina, also question Trump’s conservative chops.

A NEW AGENCY: The Hill’s Cory Bennett reports: Ben Carson proposed a new federal agency that would consolidate federal cyber efforts and help the U.S. win the “21st century cyberspace race.”

LEGAL MATTER: The Hill’s Julian Hattem reports: The reporter, who forced the State Department to release thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails, filed a motion that would block the department from trying to delay the final release of emails from her personal server by one month.

 

ODDS AND ENDS:

HEATING UP: The Hill’s Timothy Cama reports: Martin O’Malley accused Hillary Clinton of not taking climate change seriously enough and is hoping to use it as a wedge issue in the Democratic primary.

NO DEJA VU: The Hill’s Jordan Fabian reports: President Obama weighed in on the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, saying that it won’t be a repeat of 2008 when his insurgent campaign successfully challenged establishment front-runner Hillary Clinton.

NOT ALL ADS ARE EQUAL: The Hill’s Ben Kamisar reports: Hillary Clinton has been pressing Bernie Sanders on gun control both on the national stage and in New Hampshire, but campaign ads in Iowa hardly mention the topic according to the Associated Press’ analysis of spots aired in the states on both broadcast networks and cable.

‘BIRTHER’ SAGA CONTINUES: The Hill’s Rebecca Savransky reports: Donald Trump called on Ted Cruz to “settle” his Canadian birth "problem" or drop out of the presidential race.

 

POLL POSITION

TRUMP, SANDERS LEAD GRANITE STATE: The Hill’s Jesse Byrnes reports: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders hold commanding leads over their chief rivals in their respective presidential primaries in New Hampshire, according to a new poll.

 

THE DAILY TRUMP

I COULD TAKE HIM: The Hill’s Jonathan Easley reports: Donald Trump said he thinks he can defeat Michael Bloomberg in the general election if the former New York City mayor decides to launch an independent bid for president.

WARMING UP: The Hill’s Jonathan Easley reports: Donald Trump says that the GOP establishment is warming up to his presidential bid because they’re frightened by Ted Cruz becoming the Republican nominee.

NEW HIRES: The Washington Post reports: Stephen Miller, an aide to Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump reignites court fight with Ninth Circuit pick Democrats press Nadler to hold Lewandowski in contempt Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' MORE (R-Ala.) will serve as Donald Trump’s senior policy adviser.

ENJOY YOUR STAY: The Hill’s Judy Kurtz reports: Donald Trump, who typically opts to sleep at his Trump Towers apartment in Manhattan, stayed overnight at a Holiday Inn Express after campaigning in Iowa.

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I'm worried that his narcissism exceeds nothing and that his delusions of grandeur have him saying that he can shoot people and people will still vote for him. I hope that's not true."

-- Rand Paul, following Donald Trump’s comment that he could "shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters,"

 

CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGNS

JACKSON ENDORSES ZOPP: The Chicago Sun-Times reports: Rev. Jesse Jackson endorsed Democratic Senate candidate Andrea Zopp as she competes for Sen. Mark KirkMark Steven Kirk The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Advocates push for EpiPens on flights after college student's mid-flight allergic reaction Funding the fight against polio MORE’s (R-Ill.) seat. Zopp will face establishment favorite Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and state Sen. Napoleon Harris in the Democratic primary.

NY-19: Law professor Zephyr Teachout will run for the Democratic nomination for retiring Rep. Chris Gibson’s (R-N.Y.) swing seat. Teachout, who ran for governor in 2014, will kick off her congressional campaign this spring, according to a press release.

 

MONEY WATCH

DCCC TOPS NRCC: Roll Call reports: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $68.2 million in 2015, outpacing the National Republican Congressional Committee, which brought in $62.3 million. But the NRCC has about $1 million more cash on hand than the DCCC.

 

WHAT WE ARE WATCHING FOR TODAY, TOMORROW AND THE WEEKEND:

(All times Eastern)

Donald Trump holds a rally in Farmington, N.H., today at 7 p.m.and one at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Iowa City.

Ben Carson holds a “Trust in God” town hall in Indianola, Iowa at 7:30 p.m today.

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley will participate in CNN’s Democratic forum from 9-11 p.m. today.

Mike Huckabee holds a rally in Des Moines, Iowa at 7 p.m. today.

John Kasich holds three town halls in New Hampshire on Tuesday.

Rand Paul is a guest on tonight’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” at 11:30 p.m. on Comedy Central.

Carly Fiorina holds four events in Iowa on Tuesday.

Hillary Clinton has three get out the vote events in Iowa on Tuesday.

Bernie Sanders speaks to members of United Steelworkers Local 310L in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday.

Ted Cruz holds seven town halls on Tuesday, starting with one at 10:30 a.m. and ending with one at 9:45 p.m. Eastern time.

Mike Huckabee has two events in Iowa on Tuesday.

TWEET OF THE DAY

 Daniel Scavino, a Donald Trump adviser, tweeted out the menu at an Iowa restaurantthat includes the TrumpBurger.

 

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