House News & Analysis

2020 House Overview (February 21, 2020): Alabama - Iowa

February 21, 2020 · 2:29 PM EST

1st District (Northeastern Arizona) Tom O’Halleran, D, re-elected 54%.
Trump 48%. Republican attorney Tiffany Shedd, who lost in the 2018 primary, is running again and was expected to be a better candidate. But she had just $112,000 in campaign funds on Dec. 31. Former state Sen. Barbara McGuire…

2020 House Overview (February 21, 2020): Kansas - New York

February 21, 2020 · 2:28 PM EST

2nd District (Topeka, Lawrence, eastern rural Kansas) Steve Watkins, R, elected 48%.
Trump 56%. Watkins ethical problems made this race closer than it should have been in 2018 and it could be a GOP problem once again. State Treasurer Jake LaTurner had $591,000 in the bank on Dec.…

2020 House Overview (February 21, 2020): North Carolina - Wyoming

February 21, 2020 · 2:27 PM EST

North Carolina. 
2nd District (Raleigh) Open; George Holding, R, not seeking re-election.
Clinton 60%. Court-ordered redistricting redrew the 2nd to encompass deep-blue Raleigh and much of surrounding Wake County. Rather than fight for his life, Holding chose to retire. 2016 Senate nominee Deborah Ross ($262,000 in the bank on…

RIP, Election Night

by Nathan L. Gonzales February 21, 2020 · 9:40 AM EST

It’s time to retire the term “election night.”

The semi-annual national tradition of staying up a few hours past bedtime to know who will control our government is over. From close races to voting by mail to human error, it’s becoming clear that counting votes no longer fits neatly into…

Indiana 5: Ready to Run

by Nathan L. Gonzales February 7, 2020 · 2:30 PM EST

Indiana’s 5th District isn’t at the top of Democrats’ takeover target list, but the race is a good barometer for at least two key trends: the blue shift in the suburbs and the challenge for House Republicans to even maintain their small number of women on Capitol Hill. 

\Even though…

Candidate Conversation - Chris Bubser (D)

February 7, 2020 · 2:28 PM EST

California’s 8th District — Rating: Solid Republican 

Interview Date: Jan. 27, 2020

Date of Birth: June 30, 1964; Pottsville, Pa.

Education: Lehigh Univ. (1986), UCLA (MBA, 1993)

Elected Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Bubser is the top Democratic candidate in an expansive California district that includes the…

Fate of ‘National Security Democrats’ Provides Key to House Majority

by Nathan L. Gonzales February 5, 2020 · 8:45 AM EST

Four months ago, seven freshman Democrats accelerated the impeachment process with an op-ed in The Washington Post. With less than a year before Election Day, their electoral fates represent a microcosm of the Republican challenge to win back the House majority.

For much of the impeachment discussion and process,…

Virginia 7: No Such Thing as an Easy Race for Republicans

by Nathan L. Gonzales January 24, 2020 · 2:30 PM EST

It’s becoming a familiar story: many of Republicans’ best House takeover opportunities are represented by some of Democrats’ strongest new incumbents. Virginia’s 7th District is a great example. 

All eyes were on central Virginia earlier this week when more than 20,000 gun-rights protesters descended on Richmond in opposition to legislation…

Candidate Conversation - Cynthia Lummis (R)

January 24, 2020 · 2:28 PM EST

Wyoming Senate

Rating: Solid Republican

Interview Date: Jan. 14, 2020

Date of Birth: Sept. 10, 1954; Cheyenne, Wyo.

Education: Univ. of Wyoming (Bachelors, law school)

Elected Office: U.S. House (former), state Treasurer (former), state Senate (former), state House (former)

Current Outlook: Lummis is the frontrunner to replace GOP Sen. Mike…

Candidate Conversation - Robert Emmons Jr. (D)

January 24, 2020 · 2:27 PM EST

Illinois’ 1st District 

Rating: Solid Democratic

Interview Date: Nov. 15, 2019

Date of Birth: Oct. 10, 1992; Atlantic City, N.J.

Education: Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Elected Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: As with virtually all primary challengers to incumbents, Emmons is an underdog against long-time Rep. Bobby…