House News & Analysis

How Divided Parties Survive and Thrive

Nathan L. Gonzales June 23, 2017 · 3:00 PM EDT

Democrats were divided before the special election in Georgia, and Jon Ossoff’s loss certainly didn’t help heal any internal wounds. The party went “all in” to win the suburban Atlanta seat and came up short in the type of district the party needs to win to get to a majority…

Virginia 10: Democrats Not Giving Up on the Suburbs

Leah Askarinam June 23, 2017 · 2:59 PM EDT

This week’s Republican victory in Georgia’s 6th District offered the first evidence that highly educated suburban districts aren’t fleeing the party with President Donald Trump in the White House. 

Karen Handel’s win should be encouraging to Members such as Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock, whose 10th District is another highly educated,…

House Battleground Breakdown: Diving Into Demographics

Leah Askarinam June 23, 2017 · 2:58 PM EDT

We’ve learned from 2016 that demographics aren’t exactly destiny. But while the relationship between demography and voting behavior doesn’t amount to a perfect science, it can be useful to compare localities from across the country based on demography rather than purely on geography. For example, it can be more useful…

Candidate Conversation - Kia Hamadanchy (D)

June 23, 2017 · 2:56 PM EDT

Candidate for California’s 45th District

Interview Date: June 20, 2017

Date of Birth: Oct. 20, 1985; Torrance, Calif.

Education: Univ. of Michigan (2007, law school 2010)

Political Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Hamadanchy is one of at least three credible Democratic candidates angling for the right to…

Candidate Conversation - Ken Harbaugh (D)

June 23, 2017 · 2:55 PM EDT

Candidate for Ohio’s 7th District

Interview Date: June 15, 2017

Date of Birth: Dec. 15, 1973; Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Education: Duke University (1996); Yale law school (2008)

Political Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Harbaugh is the clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination (particularly since he’s the only…

Candidate Conversation - Andy Kerr (D)

June 23, 2017 · 2:54 PM EDT

Candidate for Colorado’s 7th District

Interview Date: June 13, 2017

Date of Birth: Oct. 21, 1968; Cumberland. Md.

Education: Univ. of Colorado

Political Office: State senator; State representative (former)

Current Outlook: Kerr faces a competitive Democratic primary in the open seat race to replace Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter, who is…

Eleven Things I Think I Think After the Georgia and South Carolina Special Elections

Nathan L. Gonzales June 20, 2017 · 11:38 PM EDT

One of the best parts about covering elections is that there is a final result. What seems like an endless stream of campaigning and ads and analysis finally comes to an end every time with vote tallies to digest until the next round. 
President Donald Trump and…

Almost a Must-Win for Democrats in Georgia 6

Stuart Rothenberg June 12, 2017 · 9:30 AM EDT

Democratic strategists may hate the idea that they must win the June 20 special election in Georgia’s 6th District, but that doesn’t make it any less true.

Jon Ossoff’s defeat would not tell us what will happen seventeen months from now in the 2018 midterms any more than Republican Tim…

Four (Almost) Famous Congressional Candidates

Nathan L. Gonzales June 9, 2017 · 9:25 AM EDT

The political media went into a frenzy last cycle when “Little House on the Prairie” actress and “Dancing With the Stars” contestant Melissa Gilbert decided to run for Congress in Michigan. Even though the Democrat eventually dropped out before she matched up against Republican Rep. Mike Bishop in the general…

A Harbaugh Elected in Ohio? You’ll Know It’s a Wave

Nathan L. Gonzales June 5, 2017 · 8:46 AM EDT

Next year, everyone will publish election guides explaining which races to watch to figure out the winds of the midterms and predict if a wave is on the horizon. But if you only have time to watch one race, watch Ohio’s 7th District.

On Thursday, former Navy pilot Ken Harbaugh,…