Senate News & Analysis

Pennsylvania Senate: First One to Fall

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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…

Be Careful What You Wish For

Stuart Rothenberg March 6, 2006 · 11:07 PM EST

Rhode Island Secretary of State Matt Brown (D) has been desperate for media attention. An underdog in the Democratic Senate race for the right to face either Senator Lincoln Chafee (R) or Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey (R) in November, Brown spent heavily on early advertising to boost his name…

West Virginia Senate: Generations

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Nathan L. Gonzales February 24, 2006 · 9:00 PM EST

It was almost smooth sailing to a record ninth term for the longest-serving member of the U.S Senate, West Virginia’s Robert C. Byrd (D). After nearly a year of speculation, Cong. Shelley Moore Capito (R) announced in October that she would not challenge Byrd and instead seek reelection.

It Won’t be a Bi-partisan Wave

Nathan L. Gonzales February 14, 2006 · 9:46 AM EST

With a potential political wave developing, Republicans should face the reality that it likely will only break one way – toward the Democrats.

GOP leaders in Washington are trying to point out the “hypocrisy” of the Democratic attacks on ethics and corruption, but recent history shows that if…

Nevada Senate: Don’t Believe the Hype

Nathan L. Gonzales February 11, 2006 · 12:26 PM EST

A potential challenge to Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) by Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman (D) is receiving increased attention in the media. Don’t take it too seriously.

While, DSCC Chairman Chuck Schumer (NY), Sen. Barack Obama (IL), and Minority Leader Harry Reid (Ensign’s colleague) reportedly have spoken with…

Ohio Senate: Buckeye Battle

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Nathan L. Gonzales January 27, 2006 · 10:00 AM EST

Ohio is as close to a political disaster area for Republicans than any state in the country. Out-going Gov. Bob Taft (R) pleaded no contest to four misdemeanor charges for accepting gifts for political favors, and his job approval ratings crack 20% on a good day.

It is…

Lott’s Decision Leaves Democrats Little Room

Nathan L. Gonzales January 24, 2006 · 9:03 PM EST

Republican Sen. Trent Lott’s announcement this week that he will seek a fourth term in Mississippi leaves Democrats with little room for error if they are to have any chance of capturing the Senate in November. ‘

Party strategists on both sides of the aisle agreed that Democrats…

MD Senate: Steele Memo Cites Dead Heat Poll

Stuart Rothenberg December 15, 2005 · 10:34 AM EST

The campaign of Lt. Gov. Michael Steele (R) is circulating a memo to supporters that asserts that a “recent poll of 600 likely Maryland voters,” shows Steele and Representative Ben Cardin (D) deadlocked at 46%, while Steele holds a narrow 48%-44% lead over former Representative Kweisi Mfume (D) in…

Arizona Senate: Developing a Target

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Nathan L. Gonzales July 28, 2005 · 11:49 PM EDT

Down six seats in the Senate, Democratic party strategists are looking to expand the playing field in their attempt to inch closer to regaining the majority. So, after giving Sen. Jon Kyl (R) a pass six years ago, Arizona and national Democrats are setting their sights on the two-term…

Nebraska Senate: Falling from the Top Tier

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Nathan L. Gonzales July 2, 2005 · 12:24 AM EDT

Republicans are looking high and low for opportunities to expand their majority in the Senate. Sen. Ben Nelson (D) is an attractive target on paper – an incumbent Democratic senator in a state President Bush won by 33 points last November.

But races aren’t won “on paper,” and…