House News & Analysis

Donald Trump is the GOP Nominee. Now What?

Nathan L. Gonzales May 5, 2016 · 10:00 AM EDT

Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee for president in 2016.  

Looking back for the answer to “How did we get here?” and forward to handicapping the general election, one word stands out: assumptions.

There was an assumption that once voters were reminded of any number of ways…

Fresh Primary Results, Six Fresh Faces for Next Congress

Nathan L. Gonzales May 5, 2016 · 9:56 AM EDT

A handful of recent primaries in relatively safe districts adds a half-dozen likely new Members to the 115th Congress next year. 

Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi was the first new Member after winning the March primary in Illinois’ 8th District, which leans Democratic. Now he’s not alone in a class of…

Candidate Conversation - Claudia Tenney (R)

May 5, 2016 · 9:55 AM EDT

Candidate for New York’s 22nd District

Interview Date: April 26, 2016

Date of Birth: Feb. 4, 1961; Utica, N.Y.

Education: Colgate Univ. (B.A. 1983)

Political Office: State Assembly

Current Outlook: Tenney is a top contender for the Republican nomination in the race to replace retiring-Rep. Richard Hanna, who is regarded…

Candidate Conversation - Joe McDermott (D)

May 5, 2016 · 9:54 AM EDT

Candidate for Washington’s 7th District

Interview Date: April 21, 2016

Date of Birth: July 1, 1967; Seattle, Wash.

Education: Gonzaga Univ. (B.A. 1989); Univ. of Washington (M.P.P. 1997)

Political Office: King County Councilman; state Senate (former); state House (former) 

Current Outlook: McDermott is a top contender for retiring Rep. Jim…

Ryan Rides to the Rescue — But Not Until 2020

Stuart Rothenberg May 4, 2016 · 3:30 PM EDT

I recently asked a veteran Republican strategist how his party picks up the pieces after what now looks to be a very difficult 2016 election. His answer was quick and decisive: Paul Ryan.

If November’s elections are as messy for the GOP as they now appear, with Republicans failing…

16 House Districts That Will Make (or Break) Democratic Majority

Nathan L. Gonzales May 4, 2016 · 10:35 AM EDT

As Democratic chances of taking back the House improve with Donald Trump at the top of the GOP ticket, Democratic party strategists are trying to figure out exactly how and where it’s going to happen. It’s not too difficult to see Democrats gaining 10, or even 20, seats in…

NRCC Reserves Ad Time for Vulnerable Members

Nathan L. Gonzales May 2, 2016 · 9:39 AM EDT

Election Day is more than six months away, but the fight for the House is well underway as national Republicans start to reserve ad time to defend some of their most vulnerable districts.

According to two sources following House races, the National Republican Congressional Committee recently reserved time for…

Opposition Research Comes Out of the Shadows

Nathan L. Gonzales April 24, 2016 · 9:00 AM EDT

If Republican Barbara Comstock ever wonders what attacks are coming her way later this year, the Virginia congresswoman can read the entire 535-page opposition research book on her life, which Democrats posted online.

Strategists at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee did not publish the document by accident. It’s…

House Overview: Playing Field Could Shift Rather than Expand

Nathan L. Gonzales April 22, 2016 · 3:00 PM EDT

Democratic operatives are re-evaluating their strategy to win back the House - cutting emotional ties from some rural areas that made up their previous majority to focus on more suburban districts, where they believe changing demographics are moving seats into the Democratic column. While this scenario could take multiple cycles…

2016 House Overview (April 22, 2016) Alabama - Illinois

April 22, 2016 · 2:59 PM EDT

Arizona. June 1 filing deadline. Aug. 30 primary.
1st District (Open; Kirkpatrick, D). Ann Kirkpatrick’s Senate run leaves Democrats with a difficult open seat to defend. Her party has coalesced behind former GOP state Sen. Tom O’Halleran, who is running as a Democrat and had $330,000 on hand on…