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Texas 6 Special: Two-Step Process

by Jacob Rubashkin March 19, 2021 · 2:30 PM EDT

A special election to replace the only member of Congress who died after contracting covid-19 could be the first substantive look at the Biden-era political landscape.

Arlington Republican Rep. Ron Wright, who had won a second term last November, died on February 7 just two weeks after being…

Breaking Down the Redistricting Process

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 19, 2021 · 2:29 PM EDT

Ten years is long enough to forget how crazy redistricting cycles can be. 

There’s the normal uncertainty of new congressional lines and renumbered districts. Add in a narrowly divided House of Representatives, frayed nerves from the 2020 election and subsequent invasion of the Capitol, and data…

Biden’s First Big Bill Among the Most Popular of Its Kind

by Bradley Wascher March 19, 2021 · 2:28 PM EDT

By signing the American Rescue Plan into law on March 11, President Joe Biden cleared a high bar: he passed major legislation early in his first term that might actually remain popular.

From the $1.9 trillion price tag to the urgency surrounding its passage, Biden’s economic stimulus is different…

Candidate Conversation - Jana Lynne Sanchez (D)

March 19, 2021 · 2:27 PM EDT

Texas’ 6th District Special -- Rating: Lean Republican

Interview Date: March 11, 2021 (Google Meet)

Date of Birth: July 2, 1964; Fresno, Calif.

Education: Rice Univ. (1986)

Elected Office: None; 2018 6th District nominee

Current Outlook: On paper, at least, the special election to succeed the…

Missouri Senate: Open Fields

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 19, 2021 · 2:26 PM EDT

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt announced he will not seek re-election in Missouri, setting off a scramble to replace him on the Republican side and leaving Democrats with only a marginally better takeover opportunity at this early stage of the cycle.

Blunt is the fifth Republican senator to announce he…

Six Senators Who Owe Their Hill Careers to Redistricting

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 19, 2021 · 9:00 AM EDT

While redistricting can be a curse for some politicians by forcing them into uncomfortable and even unwinnable situations, new congressional lines can be launching pads for other candidates, with repercussions beyond the House. 

At least six U.S. senators can credit their initial arrival on…

New Poll in Texas Special Election Shows Early Leaders, Lots of Vote Up For Grabs

by Jacob Rubashkin March 18, 2021 · 1:20 PM EDT

With less than two months to go, nearly half of voters have not chosen a candidate in the upcoming special election in Texas’ 6th District, according to new polling obtained by Inside Elections.

The March 9-12 survey by Victoria Research for Jana Lynne Sanchez, a Democrat running for the seat,…

Missouri Senate: Remains Solid Republican for Now

March 8, 2021 · 1:05 PM EST

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt announced he will not seek re-election in Missouri, setting off a scramble to replace him on the Republican side and leaving Democrats with only a marginally better takeover opportunity at this early stage of the cycle.

Blunt is the fifth Republican senator to announce he…