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House Report Shorts (August 7, 2020): North Carolina - Virginia

August 7, 2020 · 2:28 PM EDT

North Carolina
8th District (Concord and Fayetteville) Richard Hudson, R, re-elected 55%.
Trump 54%. Hudson is juggling multiple complicating factors in his bid for a fifth term. The congressman is still introducing himself to 25 percent of the district that he hasn’t represented before since it…

Parties Choose Nominees in Lower-Tier Senate Races

August 7, 2020 · 2:26 PM EDT

By Nathan L. Gonzales & Jacob Rubashkin

The Senate battlefield is practically set now that Republicans in Kansas finally chose a nominee. Overall, the outlook remains the same: Democrats are most likely to gain control of the Senate. The most likely outcome is a Democratic net gain of 3-5 seats.…

Candidate Conversation: Pat Timmons-Goodson (D)

August 7, 2020 · 2:25 PM EDT

North Carolina’s 8th District — Rating: Lean Republican

Interview Date: June 25, 2020 (Zoom)

Date of Birth: Sept. 18, 1954; Florence, S.C.

Education: UNC-Chapel Hill (1976 undergraduate, 1979 law school); Duke Univ. (L.L.M 2014)

Elected Office: State Supreme Court Justice (former); state…

Candidate Conversation: Joyce Elliott (D)

August 7, 2020 · 2:24 PM EDT

Arkansas’ 2nd District — Rating: Likely Republican

Interview Date: June 25, 2020 (Zoom)

Date of Birth: March 20, 1951; Willisville, Ark.

Education: Southern Arkansas Univ. (1973); Ouachita Baptist Univ. (Masters, 1981)

Elected Office: State Senate (2009-present); State House (former) 

Current…

Candidate Conversation: Al Gross (I)

August 7, 2020 · 2:23 PM EDT

Alaska Senate Race — Rating: Likely Republican

Interview Date: July 9, 2020 (Google Meet)

Date of Birth: April 13, 1962; Juneau, Alaska

Education: UMass-Amherst (1985); Univ. of Washington medical school (1989)

Elected Office: None; First run for office 

Current Outlook: Alaska is a…

Candidate Conversation: Josh Hicks (D)

August 7, 2020 · 2:22 PM EDT

Kentucky’s 6th District — Rating: Solid Republican

Interview Date: July 16, 2020 (Google Meet)

Date of Birth: Sept. 12, 1978; Brenham, Texas

Education: Morehead State Univ. (2008); Univ. of Kentucky law school (2011); Georgetown College (attended)

Elected Office: None; 2018 nominee for Kentucky…

Presidential Snapshot in Time (August 7, 2020)

by Bradley Wascher August 7, 2020 · 10:04 AM EDT

Whereas Biden and Trump have seemingly stayed locked into their current positions, Hillary Clinton and Trump found their poll numbers slippin', tumblin', sinkin', and fumblin' all throughout the campaign. In other words, the polls this year have been substantially less volatile. 2016 is not…

Young GOP Veteran Faces Tough Road in the Suburbs

by Nathan L. Gonzales August 5, 2020 · 12:46 PM EDT

Marine veteran Tyler Kistner is one of the few Republican challengers to outraise a Democratic incumbent in the second quarter of the year. But his difficult path to election in the Twin Cities suburbs in Minnesota is a microcosm of the House GOP’s struggle nationwide as President Donald Trump…

Likely New Members of the 117th Congress (July 27, 2020)

by Jacob Rubashkin July 27, 2020 · 1:06 PM EDT

Predicting election outcomes can be a fraught business. You don’t have to look further than the 2016 presidential race to see that. 

But for some races, one candidate has such an advantage -- due to the constituency’s partisan lean, candidate quality, or other factors -- that their path to…