Texas 22nd District: The Not-So-Secret Race

by Leah Askarinam January 18, 2019 · 2:22 PM EST

Toward the end of the 2018 cycle, there were whispers about sleeper races and Democrat Sri Preston Kulkarni was often one of them. But GOP Rep. Pete Olson was never a top-tier target. 

Previously represented by Rep. Tom DeLay, the 22nd District includes a significant non-white population (it’s a…

Texas 23rd District: Hurd on the Hill

by Leah Askarinam January 18, 2019 · 2:21 PM EST

Ahead of the 2018 election, there were three Texas districts that Hillary Clinton carried that also had GOP representation in the U.S. House. Now, there’s just one. 

GOP Rep. Will Hurd was one of the Republicans who was prepared for a tough race in 2018. In 2016, Hurd held onto his seat by about…

Texas 24th District: North Dallas Twenty-Four

by Leah Askarinam January 18, 2019 · 2:20 PM EST

Republican Kenny Marchant isn’t exactly a household name, but his closer-than-expected re-election race in 2018 will get him named on a few Democratic takeover target lists this cycle. 

The 24th District, north of Dallas, includes part of Tarrant County, though the portion of Dallas County that…

Texas 31st District: Doors Opening for Democrats

by Leah Askarinam January 18, 2019 · 2:19 PM EST

In 2018, M.J. Hegar proved that having a compelling bio, introductory video, and tremendous fundraising isn’t enough to win every district. But Democrats are hoping she takes another shot at unseating GOP Rep. John Carter.

The 31st District sits between Austin and Fort Hood, and includes Bell and…

Texas 32nd District: Dueling for Dallas

by Leah Askarinam January 18, 2019 · 2:18 PM EST

As chairman of the NRCC, Texas Rep. Pete Sessions led Republicans to the majority in 2010 and eight years later he was defeated for re-election. More than a year before Election Day Sessions tweeted, “To my friends who think I’m hanging it up, as we say in #TX, Come and Take It.”  Colin Allred did.…

Pennsylvania 12 special election: Is Marino’s seat at risk?

by Nathan L. Gonzales January 17, 2019 · 9:08 PM EST

North Carolina’s 9th District was the clear front-runner to host the first congressional election of 2019 until Republican Tom Marino announced his resignation from Pennsylvania’s 12th District. The seat has a significant GOP lean to it, but Republicans seem to find new ways to make special…

Can Doug Jones win a full term in Alabama?

by Stuart Rothenberg January 17, 2019 · 11:23 AM EST

Alabama’s junior senator, Democrat Doug Jones, has been in office for only 13 months, but he’s already preparing to face voters again in 2020. With the Senate at 53 Republicans and 47 Democrats, Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer can’t afford to lose any seats next year if he hopes to win back…

5 reasons why there’s still no end to the shutdown

by Nathan L. Gonzales January 14, 2019 · 12:06 PM EST

Three weeks into the government shutdown, I’m not sure how this standoff ends, but I do know there are multiple reasons for how we got here.

What’s the problem? Democrats and Republicans can’t find a solution because they’re trying to solve two different problems. If you listen carefully,…

2020 Senate Overview (Jan. 4, 2019): We’ve Only Just Begun

by Nathan L. Gonzales January 4, 2019 · 2:30 PM EST

President Donald Trump declared victory on Election Night 2018 when Republicans picked up a couple Senate seats, keeping their majority. But Democrats held their losses to a minimum in the face of a challenging map, which keeps them within reach of the majority in 2020.

The number of seats…

2020 Senate Overview (Jan. 1, 2019) Alabama - Kansas

January 4, 2019 · 2:29 PM EST

Alabama. Doug Jones (D), elected 2017 special (50%). Jones defeated former state supreme court justice Roy Moore in a high-profile special election. It was the first Senate win for Alabama Democrats since 1992, when now-GOP Sen. Richard Shelby was re-elected as a Democrat. (He switched parties in…