Senate News & Analysis

Georgia Senate Runoffs: Double Overtime

by Jacob Rubashkin November 19, 2020 · 2:29 PM EST

The 2020 elections aren’t over yet. Republicans will hold at least 50 seats in the new Senate, while Democrats will hold at least 48. With Democrats Joe Biden and Kamala Harris emerging victorious in the presidential election, control of the chamber will come down to two Senate runoff elections in…

At Long Last, Senate Results

November 19, 2020 · 2:27 PM EST

Even though control of the Senate is hanging in the balance with the two runoffs in Georgia, we finally have results everywhere else. Here’s a brief summary of what happened in key Senate contests around the country.

Alabama. Tommy Tuberville (R) over Sen. Doug Jones (D) 60%-40%. GOP Takeover. Ever…

Georgia Runoff History: Why the Past May Not Be Prologue

by Jacob Rubashkin November 19, 2020 · 2:26 PM EST

On his way to becoming the first person to defeat an incumbent president since Bill Clinton in 1992, Joe Biden also replicated another one of the Arkansas governor’s feats: winning Georgia, something no Democratic presidential candidate has done in 28 years.

Along with Biden’s narrow win — confirmed by hand…

The Fight for the Senate Continues into 2022

by Nathan L. Gonzales November 19, 2020 · 8:14 AM EST

While we won't know who controls the Senate next year until after the Georgia runoffs, the battle will continue into the 2022 midterms. Similar to 2020, Republicans will start on the defensive, and Democrats are initially poised to make gains once again. But the cycle will likely be defined by…

2020 Election Preview: Bracing for History

October 28, 2020 · 2:30 PM EDT

By Nathan L. Gonzales & Jacob Rubashkin

No matter what happens, the 2020 elections will be historic. With impeachment, a pandemic, economic crisis, a national conversation about racism, and the death of a Supreme Court icon, this election cycle is already unforgettable, even before knowing the actual results.  

While it’s…

Senate Report Shorts (October 28, 2020)

October 28, 2020 · 2:29 PM EDT

Alabama. Doug Jones (D), elected 2017 special (50%). Not much has changed in the Yellowhammer State  — Jones is still well behind former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville despite vastly outspending the Republican on TV. With Trump poised to carry the state by double digits as well, it’s hard to…

Senate Report Shorts (October 16, 2020)

October 16, 2020 · 2:29 PM EDT

Alabama. Doug Jones (D), elected 2017 special (50%). A recent New York Times story shed some light on GOP nominee Tommy Tuberville’s finances. It portrays the former Auburn head football coach as a victim who lost millions of dollars in multiple ponzi schemes and questions his “judgement and financial…

Senate Report Shorts (October 1, 2020)

October 1, 2020 · 2:29 PM EDT

Alaska. Dan Sullivan (R), elected 2014 (48%). Following a state Supreme Court ruling, Al Gross, an independent, will be listed on the ballot only as the Democratic Party nominee. That setback hasn’t stopped Republicans from taking the race seriously — McConnell-aligned Senate Leadership Fund has committed $1.6 million to helping…

The Next Congress Will Be Filled With Losers

by Nathan L. Gonzales September 28, 2020 · 10:28 AM EDT

The votes haven’t even been counted yet, but one thing is certain: The next Congress is going to be filled with losers. Both parties are hinging their majority dreams on candidates who have recently lost races, many of them just two years ago for the very office they are seeking…

Supreme Court Fight Isn’t Guaranteed Game-Changer

by Nathan L. Gonzales September 20, 2020 · 7:05 AM EDT

While Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death will go down as yet another historic event in 2020, it’s unlikely to change the fundamental trajectory of the elections.

In the middle of huge breaking news stories, it can be hard to remember that the country is incredibly polarized and the…