House News & Analysis

Georgia 12: Barrow Declines Senate Run, But House Democrats Rejoice

May 7, 2013 · 10:00 PM EDT

Rep. John Barrow (D) announced on Tuesday that he would not run for the U.S. Senate in Georgia and he will likely seek re-election to his House seat. His decision dramatically improved Democratic chances of holding the 12th District, which leans Republican, by the numbers. Without him, it would…

South Carolina 1: Sanford Wins, Seat Returns to Safe GOP for 2014

May 7, 2013 · 9:57 PM EDT

Former Gov. Mark Sanford disappointed both parties by winning the special election in South Carolina’s 1st District and keeping the seat in Republican hands.

It looks like national GOP strategists played the special election just right for once, and it wasn’t because they held the seat. With the…

South Carolina 1 Special a Photo Finish?

Stuart Rothenberg May 6, 2013 · 11:08 PM EDT

With the special election in South Carolina just one day away, both Republicans and Democrats are unsure of the outcome.

Former Palmetto State Gov. Mark Sanford, a Republican, began with a narrow advantage over Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, but even Republicans pulling for Sanford believe that he has…

History Lessons and the 2014 Midterms

Stuart Rothenberg May 6, 2013 · 9:18 AM EDT

Sean Trende of joins the growing chorus of political handicappers who have been arguing that we aren’t likely to see a partisan wave next cycle. Trende’s analysis, which also addresses the “six-year itch,” is spot on (as it usually is).

There is no evidence right now…

Report Shorts (May 3, 2013)

May 3, 2013 · 1:55 PM EDT

California 25. Jon Fleischman of California’s FlashReport wrote about the apparent imminent retirement of Rep. Buck McKeon (R). Some Republicans in Washington believe 2012 26th District nominee Tony Strickland could move over and run in an open seat, but McKeon’s office denied the rumor and Fleischman noted a half-dozen…

South Carolina 1: Parties Prepare to Spin Colbert Busch Win

Stuart Rothenberg May 3, 2013 · 12:44 PM EDT

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the party’s super PAC, the House Majority PAC, have spent well over half a million dollars in an effort to win a special election in South Carolina’s 1st District, a reliably Republican seat that is competitive only because Republicans nominated controversial former Gov.…

Pennsylvania 13: Daylin Leach- Liberal but Not Angry

Stuart Rothenberg April 29, 2013 · 9:30 AM EDT

Daylin Leach, who is running for the Democratic nomination in Pennsylvania’s open 13th Congressional District (currently held by gubernatorial hopeful Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz), doesn’t run from the liberal label.

In fact, he proudly calls himself “the most progressive member of the Pennsylvania Legislature.” (See Roll Call Politics…

South Carolina 1: GOP Throwing Another Race Away, Mark Sanford Style

Stuart Rothenberg April 26, 2013 · 9:31 AM EDT

Republicans are on quite a streak when it comes to throwing away elections.

In 2010, it was Christine O’Donnell of Delaware, Ken Buck of Colorado and Sharron Angle of Nevada. Then, in 2012, it was Todd Akin of Missouri and Richard Mourdock of Indiana.

And now? And…

First Problem for Democratic House Recruits to Solve? Residency

Nathan L. Gonzales April 25, 2013 · 12:20 PM EDT

House Democrats are promoting a crop of “problem solvers” in their effort to expand the number of competitive districts and win back the majority. But for many of these new recruits, the first problem for them to solve is if, when or where to move into the congressional district…

Pennsylvania 8: Suburban Showdown?

Nathan L. Gonzales April 19, 2013 · 2:30 PM EDT

Not many House candidates land on the front page of The Washington Post before they officially declare, but such is life for 33 year-old Democrat Kevin Strouse.

Strouse, a former Army Ranger, is running in Pennsylvania’s 8th District against Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R) in a race of critical…