House News & Analysis

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…

Montana At-Large: Does Open Seat Help or Hurt Democrats’ Pickup Opportunity?

by Nathan L. Gonzales June 11, 2019 · 2:52 PM EDT

Parties crave open seats, considering the vast majority of incumbents win re-election. But in the case of Montana’s at-large district, Democrats may have lost their preferred opponent when Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte filed to run for governor.

While it might have been daunting for Democrats to face Gianforte’s personal wealth…

Anatomy of an Ad: Greg Murphy (North Carolina’s 3rd)

by Nathan L. Gonzales May 31, 2019 · 2:29 PM EDT

State Rep. Greg Murphy finished first in the GOP primary in North Carolina’s 3rd District, but his subsequent television ad shouldn’t inspire confidence in his status as the frontrunner for the Republican nomination.

Murphy, a urologist, finished ahead of pediatrician Joan Perry 23-15 percent in a field of 17 candidates…

California 48: A Rouda Awakening

by Leah Askarinam May 31, 2019 · 2:28 PM EDT

There’s no shortage of viral videos featuring Democratic freshmen grilling members of the Trump administration, leading political rallies, or dancing (sometimes on their own). Democratic Rep. Katie Porter of California’s 45th District released a video of her questioning HUD Secretary Ben Carson that’s been retweeted 40,000 times. But…

Some House Members Are Contemplating Retirement, According to History

by Nathan L. Gonzales May 30, 2019 · 4:10 PM EDT

As the unofficial kickoff of summer, Memorial Day is a time to remember the fallen, spend time with family and grill meats. But history tells us it’s also a time for more than a handful of members to reconsider their future in the House.

Going back to 1976, an average…