Georgia 6 Special:Looking for a Fight

Nathan L. Gonzales March 24, 2017 · 2:30 PM EDT

While some people are dreading the next elections, others are itching for a fight, and suburban Atlanta looks like ground zero for the next electoral battle. 

Democrats got knocked down in 2016, losing the White House and falling well short of expectations in the House and the Senate. But they’ve taken to the streets and town halls around the country in protest of President Donald Trump and are looking for an opportunity to demonstrate that anger at the ballot box. 

Of the handful of congressional vacancies created by Trump’s cabinet selections, Georgia’s 6th District looks like Democrats’ best opportunity. 

The seat swung wildly from a sizable Mitt Romney victory in 2012 to a narrow Trump victory in 2016. Democrats have a young, energetic candidate who burst onto the national scene with his “Make Trump Furious” fundraising pitch and collected millions of dollars from progressive activists around the country, while Republicans are divided among multiple, credible candidates. 

While it’s not as Democratic of a district as the 2016 presidential results suggest, it’s probably the type of suburban, affluent district Democrats need to win to gain 24 seats and retake the majority. 

It’s the first real opportunity for party strategists to test messages, tactics, and strategies in…

New Jersey Senate: Menendez Heading to Trial and Re-Election?

Nathan L. Gonzales March 24, 2017 · 2:29 PM EDT

It’s never good to be on trial for bribery and up for re-election at the same time, but that doesn’t mean Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez is going to lose next year in New Jersey. 

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court declined to take up the senator’s federal corruption case, and the trial is…

Montana At-Large Special: Land of Second Chances

Nathan L. Gonzales March 24, 2017 · 2:28 PM EDT

While all the special election attention is on Georgia’s 6th, where Democrats haven’t won a significant race in decades, President Donald Trump’s cabinet selections also opened up an at-large district 1,800 miles away in Montana, where Democrats have been successful as recently as last year. So why…

Ohio 16: Renacci Leaves Seat Open to Run for Governor

Nathan L. Gonzales March 24, 2017 · 2:27 PM EDT

On Monday, Republican Rep. Jim Renacci announced his bid to become governor of Ohio, immediately beginning the race to replace him in Congress. 

Earlier this year, House Democrats announced an ambitious list of 59 takeover targets, but Renacci’s 16th District was not on it. And even now that the…