House News & Analysis

2020 House Overview (May 17, 2019): North Carolina - Wyoming

May 17, 2019 · 2:27 PM EDT

North Carolina. 

2nd District (George Holding, R, re-elected 51%). Trump 53%. Some Democrats are hoping Iraq/Afghanistan war veteran Scott Cooper puts them over the edge in the Raleigh suburbs, but Sarah Crawford, who lost an expensive 2014 state Senate race against a GOP incumbent, could run too. Former state Rep.…

Arthur Finkelstein Reprised with GOP’s ‘Socialists’ Cries

by Stuart Rothenberg May 7, 2019 · 8:52 AM EDT

If you’re on any Republican list, you’ve undoubtedly received emails from one of the GOP campaign committees or a Capitol Hill communications staffer calling the Democrats “socialists.” To those of us who were around in the 1980s and 1990s, that’s nothing new. We remember the late GOP campaign consultant Arthur…

Wyoming: One Open Seat or Two?

by Nathan L. Gonzales May 6, 2019 · 2:15 PM EDT

GOP Sen. Mike Enzi announced Saturday that he won’t seek a fifth term, causing more than a handful of Wyoming Republicans to evaluate their political ambitions. 

Only seven men (and zero women) have represented The Equality State in the Senate in the last 50 years, and this is Wyoming’s…

New Jersey 7: Once Lost or Gone Forever?

by Leah Askarinam May 3, 2019 · 2:30 PM EDT

Donald Trump and Chris Christie haven’t made it easy for Republicans in New Jersey. But 2020 presents an opportunity for the GOP: The former governor is out of the picture, and voters can take out their frustrations on the president himself rather than punishing down-ballot candidates.

New Jersey Republicans lost…

North Carolina 3 Special: GOP Runoff Set for Jones Replacement

by Leah Askarinam May 3, 2019 · 2:27 PM EDT

The 2020 elections are still more than a year away, but voters in North Carolina’s 3rd District are choosing a new member in a special election after the death of GOP Rep. Walter Jones.

It’s probably the second-best special election takeover opportunity for Democrats looking to add to their majority…

Republicans Have a Post-Trump Identity Crisis on the Horizon

by Nathan L. Gonzales April 30, 2019 · 8:54 AM EDT

Republicans are enjoying their ride in the White House and basking in the glow of a divided Democratic presidential field, but a monumental identity crisis is looming for the GOP.

Whether you think President Donald Trump won’t be president in two months, two years or six years, Republicans are going…

New York 1: Democrats Long for a Pick-Up

by Leah Askarinam April 19, 2019 · 2:28 PM EDT

The 2018 Democratic wave resulted in a new House majority and some districts—namely in the suburbs—that hosted closer-than-expected elections. For some of those districts, the 2018 result could have been an aberration, the result of a particularly strong year for Democrats. For others, however, those margins could be foreshadowing races…

Candidate Conversation - Wesley Hunt (R)

April 19, 2019 · 2:27 PM EDT

Texas’ 7th District — Lean Democratic

Interview Date: April 9, 2019

Date of Birth: Nov. 13, 1981; Houston, Tx. 

Education: West Point (2004); Cornell (M.B.A, M.P.A 2015; MILR 2016)

Elected Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Hunt has the potential to be the type of top-tier challenger Republicans…

New York 15: Republicans Need Not Apply

by Leah Askarinam April 19, 2019 · 2:26 PM EDT

Hillary Clinton carried New York’s 15th District with 94 percent in 2016, according to Daily Kos Elections, but that doesn’t mean the race should be ignored. Republicans don’t have a chance of winning, but the Democratic primary will elect a future lawmaker, and a crowd of candidates could become a…

Iowa 2: Loebsack’s Retirement Expands House Playing Field

April 13, 2019 · 9:01 AM EDT

No one really gave Democratic Cornell College professor Dave Loebsack a chance of knocking off GOP Rep. Jim Leach in 2006. But Loebsack won that race and, more than a dozen years later, announced that this, his seventh, term in Congress would be his last. Now Democrats will have…