Fight for the Senate Intensifies

Nathan L. Gonzales September 16, 2016 · 4:00 PM EDT

Hillary Clinton’s shrinking lead in the presidential race could help Republicans keep control of the Senate. Even if Donald Trump doesn’t win the race for the White House, losing competitive states by a close margin will improve vulnerable GOP senators’ chances of survival. 

The map continues to be a problem for Republicans, particularly in Illinois and Wisconsin, but the party still has a fighting chance everywhere else. Republicans are emboldened by the negative attacks against former Sen. Evan Bayh in Indiana, encouraged by Sen. Rob Portman’s continuous improvement in Ohio, and hoping Joe Heck can hold steady in Nevada, the GOP’s only takeover opportunity. 

The fight for the Senate looks to be narrowing to Indiana, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Nevada, and North Carolina. Missouri could still develop into a GOP problem, but it’s hard to see Blunt underperforming Trump, who looks like he’ll win the Show Me State. And Florida isn’t a done deal, but Marco Rubio could benefit from a diversion of Democratic resources elsewhere.

Democrats are still poised to gain between 3-6 Senate seats in November, which means the party could fall just short of what they need or win control narrowly. 

GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski didn’t have any problems in her late-August primary in Alaska, but…

Presidential Race Tightens

September 16, 2016 · 3:59 PM EDT

This can’t be what Democrats imagined when Republicans nominated Donald J. Trump as their presidential nominee.

Hillary Clinton’s high-single-digit lead in the national polls coming out of the conventions has all but evaporated, and even her grip on the Electoral College looks less certain than it…

Maine 2: The Land of Second Chances?

Simone Pathé September 16, 2016 · 3:58 PM EDT

Republicans hold just two House seats in New England: New Hampshire’s 1st District, which Frank Guinta’s Tuesday primary victory imperils for the GOP, and Maine’s 2nd District, a rural, blue-collar area long represented by a Blue Dog Democrat. 

GOP Rep. Bruce Poliquin narrowly won Maine’s northern…

Democrats Believe House Prospects Will Dramatically Improve

Nathan L. Gonzales September 16, 2016 · 3:57 PM EDT

In spite of Donald Trump closing the gap with Hillary Clinton and GOP prospects for holding the Senate improving, House Democrats believe we are on the eve of the fight for the House turning dramatically in their favor. 

Democratic strategists don’t believe Republican incumbents and challengers…

Candidate Conversation - Brady Walkinshaw (D)

September 16, 2016 · 3:56 PM EDT

Candidate for Washington’s 7th District

Interview Date: Sept. 12, 2016

Date of Birth: April 26, 1984; Minneapolis, Minn.

Education: Princeton Univ. (2006)

Political Office: State Representative

Current Outlook: Walkinshaw is locked in a competitive race for retiring-Rep. Jim McDermott’s…