House News & Analysis

Candidate Conversation - Wesley Hunt (R)

April 19, 2019 · 2:27 PM EDT

Texas’ 7th District — Lean Democratic

Interview Date: April 9, 2019

Date of Birth: Nov. 13, 1981; Houston, Tx. 

Education: West Point (2004); Cornell (M.B.A, M.P.A 2015; MILR 2016)

Elected Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Hunt has the potential to be the type of top-tier challenger Republicans…

New York 15: Republicans Need Not Apply

by Leah Askarinam April 19, 2019 · 2:26 PM EDT

Hillary Clinton carried New York’s 15th District with 94 percent in 2016, according to Daily Kos Elections, but that doesn’t mean the race should be ignored. Republicans don’t have a chance of winning, but the Democratic primary will elect a future lawmaker, and a crowd of candidates could become a…

Iowa 2: Loebsack’s Retirement Expands House Playing Field

April 13, 2019 · 9:01 AM EDT

No one really gave Democratic Cornell College professor Dave Loebsack a chance of knocking off GOP Rep. Jim Leach in 2006. But Loebsack won that race and, more than a dozen years later, announced that this, his seventh, term in Congress would be his last. Now Democrats will have…

Candidate Conversation - Tracy Mitrano (D)

April 5, 2019 · 2:26 PM EDT

New York’s 23rd District -- Rating: Solid Republican

Interview Date: April 2, 2019

Date of Birth: May 1, 1958;  Rochester, N.Y.

Education: Univ. of Rochester (1981); Binghamton Univ. (Ph.d 1989); Cornell (J.D. 1995)

Elected Office: None; 2018 23rd District nominee

Current Outlook: It says a lot about the 2018 cycle…

Nancy Pelosi: The Democratic Party’s Undisputed Leader

by Stuart Rothenberg April 1, 2019 · 9:12 AM EDT

For most of the last campaign cycle, Republican ad-makers treated then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi like a piñata.

They used her name and image in thousands of GOP television spots around the country, trying to turn the midterm election into a referendum on her liberalism and “San Francisco values.” That…

When It Comes to Younger Voters, Watch the Margin of Victory

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 29, 2019 · 8:49 AM EDT

There’s really no question Democrats are going to win younger voters in 2020. But what matters for them is the size of their margin of victory. 

Republicans haven’t carried 18-to-29-year-olds in an election cycle since 1994, when exit polling showed them besting Democrats in this age group, 51 percent to…

Georgia 6: Still On Our Mind

by Leah Askarinam March 22, 2019 · 2:30 PM EDT

All eyes seem to be on Democrat Stacey Abrams while she decides whether to run for Senate, but another Georgia politician is also considering a 2020 comeback after a 2018 loss. 

Republican Karen Handel, who won the most expensive U.S. House race in the country in a 2017 special election…

Arizona 1: Republicans Hope The Third Time Is A Charm

by Leah Askarinam March 22, 2019 · 2:28 PM EDT

There are now 31 Democrats representing districts Donald Trump carried in 2016, and a Republican gain of 19 seats would ensure a new House majority. But Arizona’s 1st District is a good example of why that task will be more difficult than it looks on paper.

Republicans flipped a few…

Pennsylvania 12 Special: Not-So Special?

by Leah Askarinam March 22, 2019 · 2:27 PM EDT

North Carolina’s House elections may be receiving more attention at the moment, but the next U.S. House special election is in Pennsylvania.

On May 21, the same day as the state’s municipal elections, voters will choose someone to serve in the seat of former Republican Rep. Tom Marino. 

At the…

New Mexico 2: Republicans Reminisce of 2010 Comeback

by Leah Askarinam March 8, 2019 · 2:30 PM EST

In 2018, for the second time in his life, Republican Steve Pearce left the U.S. House to run for higher office. And for the second time, he lost his bid for higher office while a Democrat won his House open seat. In 2020, Republicans are actually hoping for another repeat:…