Senate News & Analysis

Ratings Changes in Two New Senate Open Seats

by Nathan L. Gonzales February 10, 2011 · 11:01 AM EST

Two Senate retirements this week pull two seats into more competitive categories.

In Virginia, Sen. Jim Webb’s retirement is a significant problem for Democrats. Webb would have been difficult to paint as a Washington insider, but now that he’s not seeking a second term, his open seat becomes…

Montana Senate: Rehberg Moves Race to Toss-Up

February 1, 2011 · 11:19 AM EST

With Cong. Denny Rehberg set to announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, Republicans got their best possible candidate to take on first-term Sen. Jon Tester (D). Rehberg has been elected statewide in Montana’s at-large congressional district for a decade and early public polling shows him running even or…

2012 Senate Overview (January 28, 2011)

January 28, 2011 · 4:59 PM EST

Democrats lost six Senate seats last year -- and it could have been worse if tea party-backed candidates had not won contested Republican primaries in Delaware, Colorado and Nevada. The Senate race landscape starts off even more challenging for the DSCC this cycle, since Democrats now hold 23 of…

This Is a Time to Reflect on What Is Important

by Stuart Rothenberg January 12, 2011 · 9:43 AM EST

The political fallout from the horrific shootings in Tucson, Ariz., on Saturday was predictable. Members of Congress called for a return to civility, gun control advocates used the tragedy to call for more gun control and some liberals blamed the violence on conservatives.

So what else is new?

2012 Senate Landscape Is Far From Finalized

by Nathan L. Gonzales January 10, 2011 · 8:40 AM EST

Senate race ratings make good headlines and cable news fodder, but two years out from an election, they can be poor predictors of what’s to come.

Looking back over the past decade, plenty of seats deemed safe in the off-year could be found later in the “lost” column…

Nation’s Challenges Won’t Be Any Easier in 2011

by Stuart Rothenberg December 20, 2010 · 8:00 AM EST

For Democrats, 2010 is ending on a low note.

The party’s circular firing squad over the tax cut deal didn’t help the party’s image, the economy doesn’t yet show signs of a strong enough rebound to bring down unemployment and potential foreign policy problems continue to loom just…

Have Democrats Forgotten the Election Already?

by Stuart Rothenberg December 15, 2010 · 9:48 AM EST

Many House Democrats apparently figure that November’s elections had nothing to do with them, their agenda or their leadership.

Sure, their party lost 63 House seats, with voters more than wiping out the Democratic gains from 2006 and 2008 and rejecting their argument that the election was a…

DLC’s 100 Democrats List Predicted Governors, Stars

by Nathan L. Gonzales December 14, 2010 · 2:34 PM EST

In the summer of 2000, Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley appeared on the cover of the Democratic Leadership Council’s magazine. A decade later, O’Malley was re-elected to a second term as governor of Maryland and is the new chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.

O’Malley was one of the…

Rothenberg’s End of the Year Awards for 2010

by Stuart Rothenberg December 10, 2010 · 11:02 AM EST

Every year, I look back and nominate a number of politicians, campaigns and politically related entities as the “best,” “worst” or even “weirdest” of the cycle. I’m doing it again this year, because — let’s be honest — it’s a way of combining political analysis with personal animosity.

Feingold Couldn’t Re-Create ’92 Magic

by Nathan L. Gonzales December 8, 2010 · 10:25 AM EST

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

Russ Feingold’s reputation as a maverick and clever campaign ads were supposed to insulate him from the national wave that swept out dozens of his Democratic colleagues.

But after 18 years in office, the shine had worn off the Wisconsin…