House News & Analysis

A Dumb Mistake May Cost Democrats

by Stuart Rothenberg February 26, 2006 · 11:05 PM EST

For months, Democratic insiders have been touting their candidate in Ohio’s 6th District, state Senator Charlie Wilson. They’ve been arguing that the socially conservative Democrat fits the district perfectly, and that he will easily hold retiring Congressman Ted Strickland’s open House seat in Southeastern Ohio.

But Wilson and…

It Won’t be a Bi-partisan Wave

by Nathan L. Gonzales February 14, 2006 · 9:46 AM EST

With a potential political wave developing, Republicans should face the reality that it likely will only break one way – toward the Democrats.

GOP leaders in Washington are trying to point out the “hypocrisy” of the Democratic attacks on ethics and corruption, but recent history shows that if…

Candidates Battle for Cash in House Open Seats

by Nathan L. Gonzales February 7, 2006 · 9:24 AM EST

Some of the biggest battles in the fight for the House this year will be in open seats, vacated by members running for higher office or retiring. With the power of incumbency, open seats often provide better opportunities for takeover. And now that year-end Federal Election Commission reports are…

Illinois 6: Fighting Chance

by Nathan L. Gonzales January 27, 2006 · 10:00 AM EST

At first glance, you might think Illinois’ 6th Congressional District is the only race in the country. It’s received more media coverage recently than the other 434 Congressional districts combined.

That’s partially because Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rahm Emanuel (IL) and national party leaders have worked quickly…

Georgia 8 & 12: Looking for a Silver Lining

by Nathan L. Gonzales November 21, 2005 · 9:31 PM EST

Democrats are on the prowl nationwide, searching for congressional districts to put in play in their effort to win the majority in the House. But while Republicans will be on the defensive in most of the serious races next year, the GOP is pulling out all the stops against…

Arizona 1: Making Up Ground

by Nathan L. Gonzales November 21, 2005 · 9:25 PM EST

After a surprising primary and general election loss three years ago in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District, Democrats have never been able to recover. Cong. Rick Renzi (R) is once again a target, with national Democrats excited about their likely nominee, former state Rep. Jack Jackson, Jr. (D).

Back…

New Hampshire 1: Democrats Cheer, but ‘06 Recruit Stumbles

November 9, 2005 · 2:16 PM EST

As Democratic leaders scramble for the hilltops to shout the results of last night’s victories in Virginia and New Jersey, one down ballot race in New Hampshire symbolizes part of the Democrats’ challenge next year.

Three-term incumbent Mayor Bob Baines (D) lost reelection in Manchester, 51%-48%,…

Colorado 4: Third Verse, Same as the First

by Nathan L. Gonzales September 23, 2005 · 11:15 PM EDT

Republican Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave has been in Congress for only three years, yet she already finds herself in the crosshairs of Democrats all across the country.

Her unabashed conservative stances and under whelming election percentages drive many Democrats crazy. Yet once again, Democrats face an uphill battle to…

Colorado 7: Return of the Swing District

by Nathan L. Gonzales July 28, 2005 · 11:51 PM EDT

Since its inception following the 2000 census, Colorado’s 7th District has remained atop both parties list of competitive districts. Republican Bob Beauprez won the inaugural race by the slimmest of margins in one of the most competitive and even races in the country, and he held it again in…

Florida 22: Perennial Target

by Nathan L. Gonzales July 2, 2005 · 12:19 AM EDT

Every cycle, Democrats unveil their strategy to defeat Cong. Clay Shaw (R). And each cycle, the Democratic nominee is turned away. This time, Democrats hope things will be different.

Elaine Bloom (D) came very close to defeating the incumbent back in 2000. But since then, the 22nd District…