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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…

Iowa 3: Da Race for Des Moines

by Nathan L. Gonzales June 17, 2005 · 1:45 AM EDT

Cong. Leonard Boswell (D) is just starting to settle into his new 3rd District seat. But he can’t get too comfortable just yet. After winning reelection in a redistricted seat in 2002, Boswell widened his margin in 2004, defeating GOP attorney Stan Thompson a second straight time.

Ohio 2: Senate Compromise Hurting DeWine’s Bid

by Nathan L. Gonzales June 7, 2005 · 11:50 AM EDT

Some conservatives in southern Ohio are testing the saying that the sins of the father are passed to the son.

The resignation from Congress of recently confirmed United States Trade Representative Rob Portman (R-OH 2) created a surge of candidates – 18 in all – who filed to…

Indiana 9: The Bloodier Ninth

by Nathan L. Gonzales June 7, 2005 · 11:46 AM EDT

Last fall, southern Indiana lost a member of its delegation, but it was Cong. Baron Hill (D) who went down to defeat in the 9th District, not Cong. John Hostettler (R-IN 8), as some may have assumed.

After losing to Hill in 2002, businessman Mike Sodrel (R) kept…

Texas 28: Role Reversal for Re-Run

by Nathan L. Gonzales June 7, 2005 · 11:43 AM EDT

Less than a year ago, Henry Cuellar knocked off incumbent Cong. Ciro Rodriguez in a very close and very competitive Democratic primary in Texas’ 28th District. Now, the freshman congressman is trying to avoid the same fate as his predecessor.

“No member of the Class of 2004 came…

Nevada 2: The Great Wide Open

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 29, 2005 · 9:24 PM EST

Nevada is more than just Las Vegas or even Clark County. It’s Reno, state capital Carson City and the so-called Cow Counties. Since 1996, those areas – and even part of Clark County – have been represented by Cong. Jim Gibbons (R), but that’s going to end next year…

Florida 11: Down By the Bay

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 29, 2005 · 9:20 PM EST

By all indications, Florida’s 11th Congressional District will host a competitive Democratic primary next year. Only someone living in a hole is surprised that the Tampa-area seat is open, considering Cong. Jim Davis (D) has been a likely gubernatorial candidate for at least two years.

Davis’ January announcement…

Pennsylvania 6: New Cycle, (Slightly) New Scenario

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 16, 2005 · 9:02 PM EST

Another less than impressive showing by Cong. Jim Gerlach (R) in Pennsylvania’s competitive 6th District almost guarantees him another tough race next year.

In 2002, the scenario was an open seat with Ed Rendell (D) at the top of the ticket running for governor and driving turnout in…