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Candidates Look for Way to Move Voters in Va., N.J. Gov. Races

by Stuart Rothenberg September 8, 2005 · 9:30 PM EDT

If you don’t live in Virginia or New Jersey, chances are you don’t know that those two states have gubernatorial elections coming up in just two months.

Come to think of it, even if you do live in those states, you might not be paying particularly close attention to the races. Voters in both…

Learning the Wrong Lessons From Ohio 2nd?

by Stuart Rothenberg September 1, 2005 · 9:34 PM EDT

My dictionary defines “hubris” as “overweening pride or self-confidence” and “arrogance.”

Usually, those accused of hubris have been successful – so successful that they inflate their own importance and ability. But some Democratic activists, notably too many armchair political strategists on…

Empire State ‘Politics’ From Pirro and Pataki to Cooperstown

by Stuart Rothenberg August 30, 2005 · 9:38 PM EDT

While New York state may be the nation’s financial and media center, it hasn’t exactly been a breeding ground for competitive and interesting elections. Even with the GOP’s solid control of the state Senate and its ownership of the governor’s mansion for more than a decade, Democrats have the…

Colorado 7: Return of the Swing District

by Nathan L. Gonzales July 28, 2005 · 11:51 PM EDT

Since its inception following the 2000 census, Colorado’s 7th District has remained atop both parties list of competitive districts. Republican Bob Beauprez won the inaugural race by the slimmest of margins in one of the most competitive and even races in the country, and he held it again in…

Arizona Senate: Developing a Target

by 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 Republican…

Nebraska Senate: Falling from the Top Tier

by 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 President Bush and…

Florida 22: Perennial Target

by Nathan L. Gonzales July 2, 2005 · 12:19 AM EDT

Every cycle, Democrats unveil their strategy to defeat Cong. Clay Shaw (R). And each cycle, the Democratic nominee is turned away. This time, Democrats hope things will be different.

Elaine Bloom (D) came very close to defeating the incumbent back in 2000. But since then, the 22nd District was…

Iowa 3: Da Race for Des Moines

by Nathan L. Gonzales June 17, 2005 · 1:45 AM EDT

Cong. Leonard Boswell (D) is just starting to settle into his new 3rd District seat. But he can’t get too comfortable just yet. After winning reelection in a redistricted seat in 2002, Boswell widened his margin in 2004, defeating GOP attorney Stan Thompson a second straight time.
Now,…

Montana Senate: Usual Suspect

by Nathan L. Gonzales June 17, 2005 · 1:40 AM EDT

It’s unclear whether close races follow Sen. Conrad Burns (R) or whether Burns searches for close races. Either way, the Republican senator will likely face another close race in 2006 when he seeks a fourth term.

Democrats appear to have two top-tier candidates in state Auditor John Morrison…

The War on Wal-Mart: Waking a Sleeping Giant?

June 15, 2005 · 9:40 PM EDT

The battle between Wal-Mart and organized labor has received plenty of attention over the past couple of years, but the fight is about to reach a new level.

To date, most of the media attention has been on Wal-Mart’s critics. The picture is of a mega-company on its heels because of a valiant…