Arizona 8 Special: Don’t Be Surprised

March 9, 2018 · 2:28 PM EST

Republican Rep. Trent Franks resigned his seat in the midst of #MeToo movement and he will be replaced by a woman. But the recent special election primary wasn’t exactly smooth sailing for Republicans and the electoral trend across the country over the last year points to this Arizona 8th District…

Mississippi Senate Special: Majority Could Hang in the Balance Into December

March 9, 2018 · 2:27 PM EST

It happens every cycle. There’s a scenario when the fight for the Senate majority moves beyond the beginning of November because of a potential runoff in Louisiana or Georgia. Now it’s a possibility with the special election to replace GOP Sen. Thad Cochran, who is resigning on April 1. 


Candidate Conversation - Stelian Onufrei (R)

March 9, 2018 · 2:26 PM EST

California’s 48th District - Rating: Tilt Republican

Interview Date: Feb. 20, 2018

Date of Birth: Feb. 28, 1965; Dej, Romania

Elected Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: A lot of things would need to go right for Onufrei to win. First, he needs to finish in the top two in the…

Candidate Conversation - Jane Raybould (D)

March 9, 2018 · 2:25 PM EST

Nebraska Senate - Rating: Solid Republican

Interview Date: Feb. 13, 2018

Date of Birth: Nov. 1, 1958; Lincoln, Nebraska 

Education: Creighton Univ. (1981); Georgetown Univ. (Master’s; 1985)

Elected Office: Lincoln City Council; Lancaster County Commissioner (former)

Current Outlook: Donald…

Candidate Conversation - Pete Stauber (R)

March 9, 2018 · 2:24 PM EST

Minnesota’s 8th District - Rating: Toss-Up

Interview Date: Feb. 14, 2018

Date of Birth: May 10, 1956; Duluth, Minn.

Education: Lake Superior State Univ. (1990)

Elected Office: St. Louis County Commission; Hermantown City Council (former) 

Current Outlook: Stauber is considered one of…

Candidate Conversation - Kelli Ward (R)

March 9, 2018 · 2:23 PM EST

Arizona Senate - Rating: Toss-Up

Interview Date: Feb. 21, 2018 

Date of Birth: Jan. 25, 1969; Fairmont, West Virginia

Education: Duke Univ. (1991); West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (1996)

Elected Office: State Senate (former, 2013-15)

Current Outlook: Ward faces Rep. Martha McSally…

Ratings Update: Texas Primaries Narrow Democratic Fields

March 7, 2018 · 1:33 AM EST

After months of speculation, the 2018 midterm elections are officially underway with initial primaries in Texas. 

There's more evidence of a Democratic surge previously seen in Virginia and in special elections around the country, but also the reality that some of the swarm of Democratic…

Will the Suburbs Flip the House? Watch These Seats

by Stuart Rothenberg March 6, 2018 · 8:44 AM EST

If elections and national surveys over the past year have shown us anything, it is that suburban voters could well be the key to the 2018 midterm House elections.

Turnout among minority voters and younger voters could affect the result in a district here or there, but an increase in suburban…

Rating Change: Pennsylvania 18 Special Moves to Toss-Up

by Nathan L. Gonzales February 28, 2018 · 12:00 PM EST

Don’t say we didn’t warn you. 

“While the Pennsylvania race isn’t getting much attention now, that should change next year, considering all of the 2017 special elections eventually became national stories,” my colleague Leah Askarinam wrote in the Dec. 15 issue of Inside Elections. “By the…