Senate News & Analysis

2020 Senate Overview (April 3, 2020): Senate is (Still) In Play

April 3, 2020 · 2:30 PM EDT

By Nathan L. Gonzales & Jacob Rubashkin

The spread of coronavirus has thrown even the most mundane tasks into uncertainty, yet the fight for the Senate remains the same. Control of the Senate was on the line before the health crisis and continues to be at stake in November.


2020 Senate Overview (April 3, 2020): Alabama - Kansas

April 3, 2020 · 2:29 PM EDT

Alabama. Doug Jones (D), elected 2017 special (50%). July 14 GOP Runoff (new, rescheduled date). Due to the coronavirus response, Republicans won’t have a nominee until mid-summer. Former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville ($1.1 million in the bank on Feb. 12) finished first in the primary with 33 percent.…

2020 Senate Overview (April 3, 2020): Kentucky - New Mexico

April 3, 2020 · 2:28 PM EDT

Kentucky. Mitch McConnell (R), elected 1984 (50%), 1990 (52%), 1996 (55%), 2002 (65%), 2008 (53%) and 2014 (56%). May 19 primary. The same reasons Democrats nationally love to hate the majority leader, make him difficult to defeat for re-election. McConnell’s effort to help President Trump shape the courts for a…

2020 Senate Overview (April 3, 2020): North Carolina - Wyoming

April 3, 2020 · 2:27 PM EDT

North Carolina. Thom Tillis (R), elected 2014 (49%). In the face of a multi-million dollar GOP effort to influence the Democratic primary, Iraq War veteran/former state Sen. Cal Cunningham won the nomination 57-35 percent over state Sen. Erica Smith. Republicans reveled in watching outside Democratic groups spend $11.7 million to…

Montana Senate: Brawl in Big Sky Country

by Jacob Rubashkin March 20, 2020 · 2:30 PM EDT

Less than two weeks ago, the Montana Senate race was nearly as big of a national story as the coronavirus. But the world, and the news, has completely changed.

For nearly a year, Republicans figured they had dodged a Bullock when the popular two-term governor decided to pursue a longshot…

Candidate Conversation - Sarah Riggs Amico (D)

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 20, 2020 · 2:27 PM EDT

Georgia Senate — Rating: Likely Republican

Interview Date: Oct. 16, 2019

Date of Birth: June 21, 1979; St. Louis, Missouri

Education: Washington & Lee Univ. (2001); Harvard (MBA, 2003)

Elected Office: None; 2018 candidate for lieutenant governor.

Current Outlook: Amico is locked in a competitive Democratic primary with 6th District…

Coronavirus and the Elections: 7 Key Questions

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 17, 2020 · 8:45 AM EDT

Unfortunately, it sounds like we’re just at the beginning of what could be a multi-week or multi-month coronavirus crisis, so handicapping the pandemic’s impact on the elections is premature. But there are at least a handful of questions that will lead us to understanding the fallout, once the situation and…

Rating Change: Montana Senate Shifts Toward Democrats

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 9, 2020 · 9:40 AM EDT

It’s only been 16 months since Democrats won a Senate race in Montana, and less than six years since Big Sky Country sent two Democratic senators to Capitol Hill. Democrats are looking to recreate the magic again in November, now that they have Gov. Steve Bullock, their top recruit, in…

Georgia Senate: How to Blow a Lead

by Jacob Rubashkin March 6, 2020 · 2:30 PM EST

While Republicans revel in the messiness of the Democratic presidential primary, the GOP has an intra-party fight of its own in Georgia, with control of the Senate potentially on the line. 

In August, GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson announced his resignation due to Parkinson’s disease, triggering a special election to fill…

Key Senate Races Start to Take Shape

by Jacob Rubashkin March 6, 2020 · 2:29 PM EST

The fight for the Senate got a little clearer with primaries in three Super Tuesday states. But the biggest news this week might have been in Montana, where Democrats are hoping for a last-minute boost before Monday’s filing deadline.

Once again, the Republican primary for an Alabama…