NRSC: GOP Senators Running for Sheriff, Not President

Nathan L. Gonzales July 21, 2016 · 3:26 PM EDT

CLEVELAND — Nine freshman Republicans took the stage Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention to celebrate the GOP majority in the Senate. Six hours earlier, top GOP strategists made the case that they won’t be in the minority next year.  

The National Republican Senatorial Committee's chairman, Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, and executive director, Ward Baker, briefed reporters at the Drury Plaza Hotel, in the same room where their House counterparts  had briefed reporters the day before.  

The duo came armed with contrasting blue and red ties, a few mixed metaphors, and a quiver of opposition research and talking points.  

“We are entering the second quarter of the football game,” Wicker began, before moving to war terminology. The chairman managed to both agree and disagree with the “pundits” including the “the Cooks and the Rothenbergs.”  

Republicans are defending 10 of the 11 most competitive seats that will decide control of the Senate. If Democrats gain a net of four seats, they can control the Senate with the vice president, while a net gain of five seats gives the party a majority regardless of who sits in the White House. Democrats already hold a narrow advantage in three states currently represented by Republicans: Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana.…

NRCC Bracing for Lonely Defense of House Majority

Nathan L. Gonzales July 19, 2016 · 2:03 PM EDT

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Severe thunderstorms pounding downtown Cleveland were an ominous beginning to the Republican National Convention on Monday morning, but House Republicans in the city for the festivities don’t see a wave in the forecast that would jeopardize their majority in the November…

2016 House Overview: Waiting for a Wave

Nathan L. Gonzales July 14, 2016 · 1:00 PM EDT

Donald Trump is supposed to be an anvil around the neck of Republican candidates down the ballot and around the country, but up to this point in the cycle, vulnerable GOP incumbents are holding their own. 

Democrats believe every Republican agrees with Trump and must publicly rebuke everything he…

2016 House Overview (July 14, 2016) Alabama - Illinois

July 14, 2016 · 12:59 PM EDT

Alaska. Aug. 16 primary
At-Large District (Young, R). Democrats haven’t held the seat in over 40 years, but strategists think Don Young is vulnerable. Likely nominee Steve Lindbeck, the CEO of Alaska Public Media, and the state Democratic Party released a two-question poll conducted June 29-30 by…

2016 House Overview (July 14, 2016) Indiana - New Jersey

July 14, 2016 · 12:58 PM EDT

3rd District (Open; Stutzman, R). State Sen. Jim Banks, who also served in Afghanistan with the Navy Reserves, won the May GOP primary to replace Marlin Stutzman and will be a Member of Congress next year. He faces eight-time candidate/unemployed transient Tommy Schrader (D) in November.