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2020 House Overview (May 17, 2019): Parties Prepare for Battle

by Nathan L. Gonzales May 17, 2019 · 2:30 PM EDT

In the shadow of the presidential race, Republicans and Democrats are preparing for another battle: the fight for the House. It’s not going to get as much attention over the next 18 months, but control of the House is every bit as important as the race for the White House when it comes to the…

2020 House Overview (May 17, 2019): Alabama - Iowa

May 17, 2019 · 2:29 PM EDT

Alabama. 

1st District (Open; Bradley Byrne, R, running for Senate). Trump 64%. The congressman is challenging Democratic Sen. Doug Jones. A crowded Republican primary, including Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl, former state Sen. Bill Hightower, state Rep. Chris Pringle, businessman Wes…

2020 House Overview (May 17, 2019): Kansas - New York

May 17, 2019 · 2:28 PM EDT

Kansas. 

1st District (Roger Marshall, R, re-elected 68%). Trump 69%. The congressman is angling for Republican Pat Roberts’ open Senate seat, and could create an open House seat. The most important race would be the primary. Businessman and farmer Gary Harshberger of Dodge City is a potentially…

2020 House Overview (May 17, 2019): North Carolina - Wyoming

May 17, 2019 · 2:27 PM EDT

North Carolina. 

2nd District (George Holding, R, re-elected 51%). Trump 53%. Some Democrats are hoping Iraq/Afghanistan war veteran Scott Cooper puts them over the edge in the Raleigh suburbs, but Sarah Crawford, who lost an expensive 2014 state Senate race against a GOP incumbent, could run too.…

Biden, Unions and the Politics of 2020

by Stuart Rothenberg May 16, 2019 · 2:32 PM EDT

Shortly after former Vice President Joe Biden announced his candidacy for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, he received his first union endorsement. “I couldn’t be more proud to have the International Association of Fire Fighters on my team,” Biden tweeted in response. “Unions built the…

Stop Grading 2020 Candidate Recruitment, Particularly This Far From Election Day

by Nathan L. Gonzales May 10, 2019 · 11:32 AM EDT

Gloating about and reporting on candidate recruitment has become commonplace in the election process. But too often, the grading and grandstanding is premature — and even completely wrong.

This cycle, Republicans are crowing after former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams declined to run…

Arthur Finkelstein Reprised with GOP’s ‘Socialists’ Cries

by Stuart Rothenberg May 7, 2019 · 8:52 AM EDT

If you’re on any Republican list, you’ve undoubtedly received emails from one of the GOP campaign committees or a Capitol Hill communications staffer calling the Democrats “socialists.” To those of us who were around in the 1980s and 1990s, that’s nothing new. We remember the late GOP campaign…

Wyoming: One Open Seat or Two?

by Nathan L. Gonzales May 6, 2019 · 2:15 PM EDT

GOP Sen. Mike Enzi announced Saturday that he won’t seek a fifth term, causing more than a handful of Wyoming Republicans to evaluate their political ambitions. 

Only seven men (and zero women) have represented The Equality State in the Senate in the last 50 years, and this is Wyoming’s first open…