Senate News & Analysis

Florida Senate: Should Charlie Crist Roll the Dice to Save Long-Shot Bid?

by Stuart Rothenberg April 6, 2010 · 9:00 AM EDT

In less than a month, we will know whether Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is absolutely committed to running for the Senate this year as a Republican.

Crist, of course, says the matter is closed — that he is in the GOP race to stay. But some observers won’t…

North Carolina Senate: Rerun or Reelection?

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 26, 2010 · 3:01 PM EDT

Democrats think they’ve seen this movie before and they like the ending. Two years ago, they took aim at an incumbent GOP senator who was struggling to get to 50% in the competitive state of North Carolina. Democrats didn’t have a big name candidate and sorted through a primary,…

Can Polling Memos Change the Narrative About 2010 Races?

March 19, 2010 · 2:01 PM EDT

Here’s a bulletin for you: Anytime a campaign releases a polling memo, it is making an argument, not merely offering survey data for your information. Polling memos aren’t written to make you smarter.

This shouldn’t need to be said, of course, but when I see reporters swallowing spin…

MoveOn.org Pressuring Democrats in Health Care Fight

March 18, 2010 · 12:05 AM EDT

With House Democratic leaders ratcheting up their arm-twisting and whipping operations in advance of the high-stakes health care vote, pressure on vulnerable Members is also mounting from one of their own party’s most reliable attack dogs.

“Our members worked extremely hard to help get a Democratic majority elected,”…

No Easy Answers for Democrats’ Problems

March 17, 2010 · 9:00 AM EDT

Stu takes a look at the Democrats' challenge in this election year on CBS News' Washington Unplugged with Bill Plante and The Washington Post's Scott Wilson. You can watch the video below or click here.



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Ohio Senate: Bush League

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 1, 2010 · 12:01 PM EST

Democrats and Republicans envision former President George W. Bush being a factor in this year’s Ohio senate race, but in very different ways and with two different outcomes.

In the face of a deteriorating political climate, Democrats remain confident that they can use the Bush connections on likely…

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.