Senate News & Analysis

2010 Senate Overview (February 19, 2010)

by Stuart Rothenberg February 19, 2010 · 12:00 PM EST

The likelihood of Democratic Senate gains evaporated over the summer and fall, and it is now the GOP that is headed for gains. Eight of the dozen most competitive Senate seats up this year are now held by Democrats, meaning that Republicans have plenty of opportunities for net gains.…

Connecticut Senate: Moved to Clear Advantage for Democrats

January 15, 2010 · 1:00 PM EST

The exit of Sen. Chris Dodd (D) and his certain replacement on the ballot with state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal takes the race from an excellent GOP takeover opportunity to a likely Democratic hold. Dodd was the Republicans’ greatest asset, and without him on the ballot their prospects take…

Illinois Primary: First in the Nation

by Nathan L. Gonzales January 15, 2010 · 1:00 PM EST

Off-year gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia and the Senate special election in Massachusetts have kept things exciting, but the 2010 elections officially begin early next month in the Land of Lincoln. With competitive races for governor and U.S. Senate and multiple House races, it’s a great place…

North Dakota Senate: Moved to Lean Takeover

January 15, 2010 · 1:00 PM EST

Sen. Byron Dorgan’s retirement almost certainly will turn this Democratic seat over to the GOP. Gov. John Hoeven (R) quickly entered the race, and given the high marks he receives from voters, it’s hard to see him losing the Senate race in the fall.

Stu on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal

January 4, 2010 · 9:12 AM EST

Stu was on C-SPAN's Washington Journal yesterday with Charlie Cook talking about the upcoming 2010 elections. You can watch the video below or click here. They aren't as grumpy as they look in those photos.

Colorado Senate: Proving Ground

by Nathan L. Gonzales December 11, 2009 · 12:59 PM EST

Former Denver Public Schools chief Michael Bennet (D) is on a steep learning curve about what it means to be a United States senator.

After President Barack Obama appointed Sen. Ken Salazar (D) to be his secretary of the Interior, Gov. Bill Ritter (D) appointed Bennet to fill…

Pennsylvania Senate: Primarily Focused

by Nathan L. Gonzales November 17, 2009 · 1:00 PM EST

Democrats came up short of a filibuster-proof majority on Election Night 2008, but Sen. Arlen Specter’s party switch in April finally gave them the 60 seats they desired.

With the very real prospect that he could lose to former Cong. Pat Toomey in the Republican primary, Specter switched…

New Print Edition: 2010 Senate Overview

November 3, 2009 · 9:00 AM EST
The October 30, 2009 print edition of the Rothenberg Political Report is on its way to subscribers.

The print edition of the Report comes out every two weeks. Subscribers get in-depth analysis of the most competitive races in the country, as well as updated House and Senate ratings,…

2010 Senate Overview (October 30, 2009)

October 30, 2009 · 11:05 AM EDT

With the landscape changing noticeably over the summer, Democrats can no longer assume that they will have a net gain of seats in next year’s midterm elections. Of the 13 Senate seats now regarded as seriously “in play,” seven of them are currently held by Democrats. The candidacies of…

Missouri Senate: Family Matters

by Nathan L. Gonzales October 16, 2009 · 3:00 PM EDT

A Senate race between the Carnahans and the Blunts in Missouri won’t have a lot of surprises, but there could be plenty of suspense.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan (D) and former House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R) come from the Show Me State’s most prominent political families…