Senate News & Analysis

Rating Change: Montana Senate Shifts Toward Democrats

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 9, 2020 · 9:40 AM EDT

It’s only been 16 months since Democrats won a Senate race in Montana, and less than six years since Big Sky Country sent two Democratic senators to Capitol Hill. Democrats are looking to recreate the magic again in November, now that they have Gov. Steve Bullock, their top recruit, in…

Georgia Senate: How to Blow a Lead

by Jacob Rubashkin March 6, 2020 · 2:30 PM EST

While Republicans revel in the messiness of the Democratic presidential primary, the GOP has an intra-party fight of its own in Georgia, with control of the Senate potentially on the line. 

In August, GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson announced his resignation due to Parkinson’s disease, triggering a special election to fill…

Key Senate Races Start to Take Shape

by Jacob Rubashkin March 6, 2020 · 2:29 PM EST

The fight for the Senate got a little clearer with primaries in three Super Tuesday states. But the biggest news this week might have been in Montana, where Democrats are hoping for a last-minute boost before Monday’s filing deadline.

Alabama
Once again, the Republican primary for an Alabama…

Super Tuesday Senate Primary Update (March 3, 2020)

by Jacob Rubashkin March 4, 2020 · 12:04 AM EST

The fight for the Senate got a little clearer Tuesday night with primaries in three states. 

Alabama
Once again, the Republican primary for an Alabama Senate seat is going to a runoff, and the president has a complicated relationship with one of the two finalists. 

Jeff Sessions, who previously…

Maine Senate: Is Susan Collins Already Behind?

by Stuart Rothenberg February 21, 2020 · 2:26 PM EST

A February 10-13 SocialSphere survey for Colby College (my alma mater) about the Maine Senate race certainly generated plenty of buzz on Tuesday. My own reaction was less than enthusiastic.

I tweeted that “The ballot test is not consistent with other (unreleased) numbers, and it conveys a misimpression of where…

RIP, Election Night

by Nathan L. Gonzales February 21, 2020 · 9:40 AM EST

It’s time to retire the term “election night.”

The semi-annual national tradition of staying up a few hours past bedtime to know who will control our government is over. From close races to voting by mail to human error, it’s becoming clear that counting votes no longer fits neatly into…

Candidate Conversation - Cal Cunningham (D)

January 24, 2020 · 2:25 PM EST

North Carolina Senate - Rating: Toss-up

Interview Date: Dec. 6, 2019

Date of Birth: Aug. 6, 1973; Winston-Salem, N.C.

Education: Univ. of North Carolina Chapel Hill (1999); Vanderbilt Univ. (attended), American Univ. (attended); London School of Economics (attended). 

Elected Office: State Senate (former); 2014 Senate candidate

Current Outlook: Cunningham is…

2020 Senate Overview: GOP Women Hold Keys to GOP Majority

by Nathan L. Gonzales January 10, 2020 · 2:30 PM EST

There are just eight Republican women in the U.S. Senate, but they are critical in the GOP effort to maintain the majority. 

Of those eight female Republican senators, six will be on the ballot this November and four of them are in competitive races. Martha McSally of Arizona and Susan…

2020 Senate Overview (January 10, 2020): Alabama - Kansas

January 10, 2020 · 2:28 PM EST

Alabama. Doug Jones (D), elected 2017 special (50%). March 3 primary. March 31 runoff. In November, former Sen. Jeff Sessions entered the race for his old seat and is the GOP frontrunner. He served as Trump’s attorney general for a tumultuous nine months, but Sessions is all-but-guaranteed to make the…

2020 Senate Overview (January 10, 2020): Kentucky-New Mexico

January 10, 2020 · 2:27 PM EST

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. Just looking at the fundraising, you’d think control of the Senate hinged on the outcome in Kentucky. But that’s not the case. Because of his…