House News & Analysis

Nevada House: Republicans on the Defensive

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Nathan L. Gonzales May 15, 2015 · 2:59 PM EDT

1st District.
The Las Vegas-based district is very Democratic and not at risk of a Republican takeover. If Democratic Rep. Dina Titus decides to run for the Senate, the fight to replace her would be in the primary. 

Barack Obama won the district with 65 percent in 2008 and…

Report Shorts (May 15, 2015) California Senate, California 25, Indiana Senate, Indiana 3

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May 15, 2015 · 2:56 PM EDT

California Senate. After a clumsy rollout, Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez announced her bid for the open Senate seat being left by retiring-Sen. Barbara Boxer (D). She is playing catch-up to state Attorney General Kamala Harris (D), who jumped into the race soon after Boxer’s announcement. With California’s top two…

Caveat Emptor, in Political Giving Too

Stuart Rothenberg May 13, 2015 · 10:20 AM EDT

Two days before the Tuesday special election in New York’s 11th District, I received one of those hysterical email requests for money.

I’m on many candidate, political action committee and interest group email distribution lists, so I get them from both sides. This one was from something called Patriots for…

Parties Divide and Conquer Independent Spending

Nathan L. Gonzales May 8, 2015 · 9:52 AM EDT

Having more than $50 million to spend on House races in the final months of the campaign may sound like fun, but both campaign committees have figured out it’s not a one-person job.

Each election cycle, the National Republican Congressional Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee designate a trusted…

Texas 23: Hurd(ing) Voters

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Nathan L. Gonzales May 1, 2015 · 2:29 PM EDT

Over the last year, Will Hurd has gone from afterthought to GOP rising star. 

Last cycle, Republicans had their eye on a top recruit to knock off Democratic Rep. Pete Gallego in the competitive 23rd District of Texas. But when she declined to run, much of the enthusiasm in…

Maine 2: Bruce Almighty?

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Nathan L. Gonzales May 1, 2015 · 2:28 PM EDT

To all aspiring candidates who have lost a race (or two), look no further than Bruce Poliquin for inspiration. 

The Maine Republican lost statewide races in 2010 and 2012 before getting elected to the 2nd District in 2014. Poliquin’s reward? A seat in Congress and a spot near the…

‘Big Money’ and the 2016 Elections

Stuart Rothenberg April 24, 2015 · 9:54 AM EDT

Reporters love to write about money in politics, so I shouldn’t have been at all surprised by an April 20 Washington Post article suggesting campaign finance is becoming an issue in the presidential contest.

But a front-page story above the fold that relied on a couple of anecdotes…

2016 House Overview: Democrats Begin Long Road Back to Majority

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Nathan L. Gonzales April 3, 2015 · 2:30 PM EDT

With an open presidential race and the Senate majority up for grabs, the fight for the House is certain to get pushed to the backburner. But if Democrats have hopes of being in the majority anytime in the next few years, they better start making a dent in the Republicans’…

2016 House Overview (April 3, 2015) Alabama - Illinois

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April 3, 2015 · 2:29 PM EDT

Arizona 
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide a redistricting case by the end of June which could put take mapmaking authority from the nonpartisan commission into the hands of the GOP-controlled Legislature. Strategists on both sides of the aisle believe Republicans could redraw the lines to gain two more…

2016 House Overview (April 3, 2015) Indiana - New Jersey

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April 3, 2015 · 2:28 PM EDT

Iowa 
1st District (Blum, R). Freshman Rod Blum is a Democratic target in a district that Obama won with a considerable 56 percent. Cedar Rapids City Councilwoman Monica Vernon is the early Democratic frontrunner. She was endorsed by EMILY’s List last week. You can read our full analysis of…