House News & Analysis

Democrats Poised for House Gains, But Still Short of Majority

Nathan L. Gonzales October 21, 2016 · 2:58 PM EDT

With a little more than two weeks before Election Day, Democrats are still waiting for the wave to develop that is probably required to retake the House majority. 

Donald Trump consistently gives Democrats fresh fodder for press releases and campaign ads, but the party has struggled to convince voters that…

It’s Time for Newspapers to Stop Endorsing Candidates

Nathan L. Gonzales October 19, 2016 · 2:41 PM EDT

Just when editorial boards are coming off the sidelines to endorse in the presidential race, it’s time to do just the opposite.

After 34 years of not endorsing a presidential candidate, USA Today published “Trump is ‘unfit for the presidency’” on Sept. 30. It’s the first time the paper…

Still Waiting for the Wave in the House

Nathan L. Gonzales October 14, 2016 · 3:28 PM EDT

One of the most remarkable pieces of this year’s elections has been the resiliency of House Republicans while running on the ballot with a polarizing and sometimes offensive presidential nominee in a volatile election cycle. But now everyone is waiting to see if that work was wiped away by the…

GOP House Majority Still Solid…For Now

Nathan L. Gonzales September 30, 2016 · 3:29 PM EDT

Anytime a party nominates a candidate for president as unpredictable as Donald Trump, down-ballot candidates have reason to be concerned. But with five weeks before Election Day, most congressional Republicans are in surprisingly strong position for re-election, particularly with the volatility of the presidential race.

Democrats are demanding patience, based…

Candidate Conversation - Stephanie Murphy (D)

Nathan L. Gonzales September 30, 2016 · 3:24 PM EDT

Candidate for Florida’s 7th District

Interview Date: Sept. 23, 2016

Date of Birth: Sept. 16, 1978; Saigon, Vietnam

Education: College of William & Mary (2000); Georgetown Univ., (Master’s 2004)

Political Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Murphy is the Democratic nominee in an emerging race against GOP Rep.…

Candidate Conversation - Mike Gallagher (R)

Nathan L. Gonzales September 30, 2016 · 3:23 PM EDT

Candidate for Wisconsin’s 8th District

Interview Date: Sept. 21, 2016

Date of Birth: March 3, 1984; Green Bay, Wis.

Education: Princeton Univ. (2006); Georgetown (Ph.D)

Political Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Gallagher is the GOP nominee in a competitive open seat because of Republican Rep. Reid Ribble’s…

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 district in 2014…

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 are strong enough…

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 liberal seat in Seattle. Because of Washington’s Top Two primary…

House Still Waiting for Its Moment in the Spotlight

Nathan L. Gonzales September 2, 2016 · 2:57 PM EDT

While the vast majority of the media coverage focuses on the presidential race and any scraps are left for the fight for the Senate, it’s important to not lose sight of the House.

Democrats are still unlikely to gain the 30 seats they need for control, but it’s unwise…