Candidate Conversation - Kathy Manning (D)

June 1, 2018 · 2:26 PM EDT

North Carolina’s 13th District — Rating: Likely R

Interview Date: March 14, 2018

Date of Birth: Dec. 3, 1956; Detroit, Mi.

Education: Harvard (1978); Univ. of Michigan Law School (1981)

Elected Office: None; first run for office

Current Outlook: President Donald Trump received 53 percent in…

Candidate Conversation - Mike Kennedy (R)

June 1, 2018 · 2:25 PM EDT

Utah Senate — Rating: Solid Republican 

Interview Date: May 2, 2018

Date of Birth: Feb. 2, 1969; Lansing, Mich. 

Education: BYU (1994); Michigan State medical school (1998); BYU Law School (2007)

Elected Office: State Rep. (2012-present) 

Current Outlook: It’s going to be difficult for anyone…

Candidate Conversation - Aftab Pureval (D)

June 1, 2018 · 2:24 PM EDT

Ohio’s 1st District — Rating: Likely Republican

Interview Date: May 9, 2018

Date of Birth: Sept. 9, 1982; Beaver Creek, Ohio

Education: Ohio State Univ. (2005); Univ. of Cincinnati law school (2008) 

Elected Office:  Hamilton County Clerk of Courts (2016)

Current Outlook: Democrats believe…

Candidate Conversation - Tom Malinowski (D)

June 1, 2018 · 2:23 PM EDT

New Jersey’s 7th District — Rating: Tilt Republican

Interview Date: May 9, 2018

Date of Birth: Sept. 23,1965; Poland

Education: UC-Berkeley (1988); Oxford Univ. (Rhodes Scholar, Master’s 1991)

Elected Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: GOP Rep. Leonard Lance ($850,000 in the…

Why You Should Focus on Independents

by Stuart Rothenberg June 1, 2018 · 8:53 AM EDT

I don’t trust anyone who tells me they already know the makeup of the midterm electorate. We can’t possibly know who will vote in the fall, let alone how they will cast their ballots.

If I were going to focus on a handful of variables to understand how the cycle is unfolding, I’d certainly pay…

3 Ways Nancy Pelosi Won’t Be Speaker Next Year

by Nathan L. Gonzales May 25, 2018 · 9:21 AM EDT

Nancy Pelosi is a drug that Republicans just can’t quit, and the GOP hopes that the threat of her becoming speaker of the House again will awaken any potentially apathetic base voters. While that might work for Republicans for yet another cycle, it might be the last cycle with their favorite…

Texas Runoffs: Likely New Members Chosen in Four Districts

May 23, 2018 · 1:16 AM EDT

Governor. Greg Abbott (R) elected 2014 (59%). Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez won the Democratic runoff over Andrew White, son of former Democratic Gov. Mark White (1983-1987). Valdez will face the governor, who won renomination easily with 90 percent in the March 6 primary. If Democrats…

Georgia Primaries: Democrats Choose Abrams while GOPers Move to Runoff

May 23, 2018 · 1:05 AM EDT

Governor. Open; Nathan Deal (R) term-limited. Democrats believed that demographics were shifting Georgia into their column right up until Donald Trump won it 51-46 percent in 2016. Now Democrats are hoping a midterm backlash against the president will give them their first gubernatorial victory in…