House News & Analysis

Can Democrats “Minnick” John Katko and Erik Paulsen?

Stuart Rothenberg November 16, 2017 · 11:46 AM EST

New York Rep. John Katko and Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen have been very popular with voters. Unbeatable? Maybe not, but certainly well-entrenched and able to win in very challenging environments.

But even popular incumbents have been swept from office during partisan electoral waves, and Republicans Katko and Paulsen should be…

I Interviewed 16 House Candidates in Two Days and Survived

Nathan L. Gonzales November 13, 2017 · 10:10 AM EST

I’ve interviewed at least 1,000 congressional candidates over the last 16 years, but never 16 candidates in two days.

More than 100 Democratic candidates running for the House descended on the nation’s capital a few weeks ago for candidate training hosted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Leah and I…

2018 House Overview: Early Warning Signs?

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Nathan L. Gonzales November 10, 2017 · 2:30 PM EST

Democrats haven’t struggled to recruit candidates, but this week’s results in Virginia should encourage any wavering House challengers to get off the sidelines. Even so, it remains unclear whether Tuesday’s sweeping victories portend a national electoral wave next year. 

Two gubernatorial wins and unexpected gains in the House of Delegates…

2018 House Overview (Nov. 10, 2017) Alabama - Iowa

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November 10, 2017 · 2:29 PM EST

Alabama. Feb. 9 filing deadline. June 5 primary.

2nd District (Martha Roby, R, re-elected in 2016 with 49%). 2016 Presidential Winner: Trump 65%. The congresswoman looked at risk of another primary challenger after facing down one in 2016 and getting less than 50 percent in the general election when a…

2018 House Overview (Nov. 10, 2017) Kansas - New York

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November 10, 2017 · 2:28 PM EST

Kansas. June 1 filing deadline. Aug. 7 primary.

2nd District (Open; Lynn Jenkins, R, not seeking re-election). Trump 56%. The combination of an open seat and a strong Democratic candidate makes this a competitive race, even though Trump won handily. Former state House Minority Leader Paul Davis carried the 2nd…

2018 House Overview (Nov. 10, 2017) North Carolina - Wyoming

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November 10, 2017 · 2:27 PM EST

North Carolina. Feb. 28 filing deadline. May 8 primary.

2nd District (George Holding, R, re-elected 57%). Trump 53%. Businessman Sam Searcy, who owns a vodka distillery and has the ability to self-fund, could mount a serious challenge to Holding. Searcy raised just $95,000 in the third quarter but put in…

Candidate Conversation - Lauren Baer (D)

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November 10, 2017 · 2:26 PM EST

Lauren Baer

Candidate for Florida’s 18th District

Interview Date: Oct. 30, 2017

Date of Birth: Dec. 7, 1980; New York, N.Y.

Education: Harvard (2002), Oxford (Master’s 2004), Yale Law School (2007)

Elected Office: None; first run for office

Current Outlook: Democrat Patrick Murphy held this seat for two terms before…

Candidate Conversation - Paul Davis (D)

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November 10, 2017 · 2:25 PM EST

Paul Davis 

Candidate for Kansas’ 2nd District

Interview Date: Oct. 12, 2017

Date of Birth: July 12, 1972; Woodland, Ca.

Education: University of Kansas (1995), Washburn Law School (1997)

Elected Office: State House (former); 2014 gubernatorial nominee

Current Outlook: Davis is running for Republican Lynn Jenkins’ open seat, which Trump…

Candidate Conversation - Roger Dean Huffstetler (D)

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November 10, 2017 · 2:24 PM EST

Roger Dean Huffstetler 

Candidate for Virginia’s 5th District

Interview Date: Oct. 12, 2017

Date of Birth: April 28, 1978; Gaston County, N.C.

Education: University of Georgia (2001), Harvard (MBA/MPA; 2010)

Elected Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Huffstetler is one of the top Democrats challenging GOP Rep. Tom…

Ten Thoughts after Democrats’ Big Wins in Virginia

Nathan L. Gonzales November 8, 2017 · 12:51 PM EST

Everyone take a deep breath. We’re all starving for tangible election results and now we have them. But just as the previous Republican wins in congressional special elections didn’t guarantee the party would have a good 2018, losses on Tuesday night don’t necessarily tell us a Democratic wave in the…