Senate News & Analysis

8 for ’08: Battleground States to Watch

by Stuart Rothenberg July 3, 2007 · 12:05 AM EDT

Only six months into the election cycle, the universe of 2008 battleground states is already beginning to take shape. But an accurate list of the battlegrounds includes more than just the presidential race and takes into account states where hot House, Senate and even gubernatorial races also will be…

DSCC Could Hit Recruiting Mother Lode

June 22, 2007 · 12:05 AM EDT

While Democratic strategists have not yet started to count their chickens, there is increasing evidence that two key Democrat Senate recruits are moving toward ’08 Senate races.

Former New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, who narrowly lost a 2002 Senate race against Republican John Sununu, has reversed her earlier decision against…

Louisiana Senate: Rove Seeks Challenger to Landrieu

May 25, 2007 · 12:05 AM EDT

Without fanfare or national media attention, White House strategist Karl Rove went to Louisiana the weekend before last to woo State Treasurer John Kennedy (D) to the GOP and into the 2008 Senate race against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA).

Republican insiders see Landrieu as the most vulnerable Democratic senator up…

Cornyn and Dole: Two (Vulnerable) Peas in a Pod?

by Nathan L. Gonzales May 14, 2007 · 12:05 AM EDT

Democrats are not so quietly passing the word: Republican Sens. John Cornyn (Texas) and Elizabeth Dole (N.C.) are vulnerable in 2008. Should we believe them, or are the two GOP incumbents so safe that they aren’t really worth watching?

Cornyn was elected to the Senate a little more…

Waiting for Godot ... or Hagel, Warner, Cochran and Craig

by Stuart Rothenberg April 26, 2007 · 12:05 AM EDT

By Stuart Rothenberg

While the clock ticks on the 2008 election cycle, Republicans are holding their collective breath about the political futures of four veteran GOP Senators.

Nebraska’s Chuck Hagel, Virginia’s John Warner, Mississippi’s Thad Cochran and Idaho’s Larry Craig all have been…

New Print Edition: 2008 Senate Outlook

April 20, 2007 · 3:31 PM EDT
The new April 20, 2007 print edition of the Rothenberg Political Report is on its way to subscribers. The print edition comes out every two weeks and the content is not available online. Subscribers get in-depth analysis of the most competitive races in the country, as well as…

Virginia Senate: Common Goal, Common Wealth

by Nathan L. Gonzales May 18, 2006 · 11:30 AM EDT

Democrats in Virginia and the nation’s capital are determined to re-take the majority in the U.S. Senate, and increasingly they are focusing on a new target: Sen. George Allen (R) of Virginia. Democrats realize that defeating Allen would not only increase their chances of getting to 51 seats on…

Tennessee Senate: Three’s Company

by Nathan L. Gonzales May 3, 2006 · 11:54 PM EDT

Senator Harold Ford. Those might be the three words Republicans fear the most on Election Night. If Democrats can successfully takeover the open Tennessee Senate seat being vacated by Majority Leader Bill Frist (R), they could well win a Senate majority in November.

Democratic hopes are riding on…

Michigan Senate: Wading Upstream

by Nathan L. Gonzales April 7, 2006 · 11:02 AM EDT

Republicans spent much of last year cycling through a list of potential candidates, but they are still taking their best shot at Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow. Even after names like Cong. Candice Miller, Domino’s Pizza CEO David Brandon, and Jane Abraham dropped off the board, three Republicans remain in…

Pennsylvania Senate: First One to Fall

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 24, 2006 · 9:02 PM EST

There is no presidential race this year, but Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate Race may be the next best thing. Up to this point, the race hasn’t even been close, with state Treasurer Bob Casey Jr. (D) leading Sen. Rick Santorum (R) by ten to twelve points in public polling with…