House News & Analysis

Candidate Conversation - Ritchie Torres (D)

by Leah Askarinam July 19, 2019 · 2:28 PM EDT

Ritchie Torres (D)

New York’s 15th District — Rating: Solid Democratic 

Interview Date: June 25, 2019

Date of Birth: March 12, 1988; New York, N.Y.

Education: NYU (attended 2006-2007)

Elected Office: New York City Council (elected 2013, re-elected 2017)

Current Outlook: Democratic Rep. José E. Serrano will not seek re-election…

Fallout from Amash’s Decision in Michigan and Beyond

by Nathan L. Gonzales July 10, 2019 · 11:45 AM EDT

Republicans didn’t shed a tear after Rep. Justin Amash jumped the GOP ship. But their exuberance for being rid of the Michigan congressman might be masking his impact on the party’s effort to recapture the House majority and regain control of his 3rd District.  

As more of a libertarian than…

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try and Run Somewhere Else

by Nathan L. Gonzales July 2, 2019 · 1:40 PM EDT

A handful of House candidates this cycle aren’t letting previous losses — or geography — get in the way of another congressional run. Dozens of members of Congress lost races before eventually winning, but some politicians are aiming their aspirations at different districts, and in some cases different states, to…

2020 Senate (June 28, 2019): Kentucky - New Mexico

June 28, 2019 · 2:28 PM EDT

Kentucky. Mitch McConnell (R), elected 1984 (50%), 1990 (52%), 1996 (55%), 2002 (65%), 2008 (53%) and 2014 (56%). Jan. 28 filing deadline. May 19 primary. Veteran Amy McGrath is likely to challenge the majority leader. She was one of Democrats’ highest-profile House challengers in 2018, but lost to GOP Rep.…

Candidate Conversation - Peggy Huang (R)

June 28, 2019 · 2:26 PM EDT

Peggy Huang (R)

California’s 45th District — Rating: Likely Democratic 

Interview Date: June 12, 2019 

Date of Birth: Oct. 6, 1970; Taipei, Taiwan

Education: Univ. of Calif. Berkeley (1993); Univ. of the Pacific (J.D. 1997)

Elected Office: Yorba Linda City Council (elected 2014)

Current Outlook: Republicans are lining up to…

SCOTUS Redistricting Decision and the Fight for the House

by Nathan L. Gonzales June 28, 2019 · 2:24 PM EDT

After much anticipation, the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on partisan redistricting with a 5-4 ruling that it won’t weigh in on partisan redistricting now or in the future. And it’s likely that the current congressional maps will be the same for the 2020 elections. 

“The court holds that partisan…

Campaign Ad Spending 2020: What’s Your Number?

by Steve Passwaiter June 26, 2019 · 11:00 AM EDT

Most people in politics are intensely focused on President Donald Trump’s polling numbers in battleground states or the latest horse race numbers in the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination. For those of us in the CMAG group at Kantar, it’s that time of the election cycle when everyone is…

Iowa’s 1st District: The Party Doesn’t Stop When The Caucuses End

by Leah Askarinam June 14, 2019 · 2:30 PM EDT

If it hadn’t been for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s upset over Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary, Iowa Democrat Abby Finkenauer would have been at the center of national attention for being the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. But as she runs for re-election in the 1st District, evading the label…

Candidate Conversation - Kai Kahele (D)

June 14, 2019 · 2:28 PM EDT

Kai Kahele (D)

Hawaii’s 2nd District -- Rating: Solid Democratic

Interview Date: June 10, 2019

Date of Birth: March 28, 1974; Honolulu, Hawaii

Education: Univ. of Hawaii - Manoa (1998); Univ. of Hawaii - Hilo (attended); Hawaii Community College (attended)

Elected Office: State Senate

Current Outlook: Kahele is running for…

Indiana 5: Brooks Retirement Creates Democratic Opportunity

June 14, 2019 · 10:45 AM EDT

Rep. Susan Brooks of Indiana announced she will not seek re-election, creating a potential open-seat headache for Republicans in Indiana’s 5th District. The congresswoman won re-election to a fourth term in 2018 in the central Indiana district with 57 percent, but the district shifted between the 2012 and 2016 presidential…