Senate News & Analysis

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.…

Evan Bayh, Indiana and the Fight for the Senate

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Nathan L. Gonzales July 14, 2016 · 12:56 PM EDT

Former Sen. Evan Bayh will run for the Senate after all, buoying Democrats’ chances of winning the open seat in Indiana and the Senate majority.

Bayh’s decision was surprising, considering he didn’t seek re-election in 2010 and had shown no interest in running or serving again despite Democratic recruitment…

Why Republicans Decline to Attack Democrats on “Culture of Corruption”

Nathan L. Gonzales July 13, 2016 · 11:34 AM EDT

Republicans are obsessed with one high-profile Democrat who isn’t going to be indicted — while giving a collective shrug after two Democratic House members have been indicted within the past 12 months.  

On Friday, Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown of Florida was indicted on conspiracy and fraud charges related…

Ratings Change: Indiana Senate Moves to Toss-Up/Tilt Democratic

Nathan L. Gonzales July 11, 2016 · 11:55 AM EDT

Former Sen. Evan Bayh will run for the Senate after all, buoying Democrats’ chances of winning the open seat in Indiana and the Senate majority.

The news, first reported by CNN’s Tom LoBianco, is surprising considering Bayh, who didn’t seek re-election in 2010, had shown no interest in…

Colorado Primary Results Keep Senate Republicans on the Defensive

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Nathan L. Gonzales July 1, 2016 · 9:22 AM EDT

Colorado has been a Rocky Mountain roller coaster of emotion for Republicans.

Less than two years after unseating one Democratic senator, Republicans nominated a candidate with no paid staff to take on the other Democratic senator. 

El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn won the GOP primary Tuesday with 38 percent…

Rubio, Research Shake Up Florida Races

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Nathan L. Gonzales July 1, 2016 · 9:21 AM EDT

With just days before the July 24 filing deadline, Republican Marco Rubio reversed course and announced his campaign for re-election to the Senate, creating a domino effect on Florida races. 

Rubio announced his retirement early in order to focus on his presidential run and give GOP candidates ample time to…

Republicans Need Gary Johnson to Save the Senate

Nathan L. Gonzales June 30, 2016 · 9:05 AM EDT

On Sept. 26, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will face off in Dayton, Ohio, for what's anticipated to be the most-watched presidential debate in history. Republicans need Gary Johnson to be on the stage.  

Normally, both parties try to marginalize third-party candidates and keep them from getting publicity…

Safe Senator Shifts to Raise Money for Safe Colleague

Nathan L. Gonzales June 10, 2016 · 9:03 AM EDT

Sen. Ron Wyden isn’t shy about raising money , even though he isn’t in any danger of losing re-election. At least now the Oregon Democrat has shifted some of that effort elsewhere, except it’s for a colleague who is also in a safe race.  

“They think they’ve got…

What Katie McGinty Told Me About Her College Career

Nathan L. Gonzales June 7, 2016 · 6:42 PM EDT

Republicans are criticizing one of the Democrats’ top recruits in one of the country’s most competitive Senate races for misstating her family’s college history. But Katie McGinty’s response lines up with what she told me in an interview four months ago.

McGinty is the Democratic nominee in Pennsylvania,…

2016 Senate Overview: Is This the Summer of Voters’ Discontent?

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Nathan L. Gonzales June 3, 2016 · 4:00 PM EDT

Nominating Donald Trump was supposed to precipitate the end of the Republican Party. But with five months before Election Day, the wealthy businessman is within striking distance of Hillary Clinton and most of the vulnerable GOP senators have paths to victory. 

As the Democratic presidential nominating contest comes to a…