Senate News & Analysis

Senate Updates (September 9, 2022)

September 9, 2022 · 2:29 PM EDT

Alaska. Lisa Murkowski (R) appointed 2002, elected 2004 (49%), 2010 (39% as a write-in), 2016 (44%). Of all the Republicans running for Senate this cycle, Murkowski may have had the best August of the bunch. In Alaska’s new all-party primary, Murkowski secured 45 percent of the vote, outpacing polling and…

Senate Majority is Up for Grabs

August 25, 2022 · 2:26 PM EDT

By Nathan L. Gonzales and Jacob Rubashkin

Republicans no longer have a clear advantage in the fight for the Senate. 

The fight for control of the Senate has always been more competitive than the fight for the House, and both parties had a similar number of vulnerable states. But the…

Report Shorts (August 4, 2022)

August 4, 2022 · 2:28 PM EDT

At-Large District Special.
A July 20-25 poll from Alaska Survey Research indicates a competitive race to succeed the late Rep. Don Young. Pollster Ivan Moore found Democrat Mary Peltola in front with 41 percent, followed by Republicans Nick Begich III (30 percent) and Sarah Palin (29 percent). The…

2022 Senate Overview (July 1, 2022): The Slog to the Majority

July 1, 2022 · 2:30 PM EDT

By Nathan L. Gonzales & Jacob Rubashkin

Republicans are set up for sweeping success in the midterm elections, but it’s turning out to be a race by race slog to the Senate majority for the GOP. 

With a slumping economy and concerns about inflation, high gas prices, the supply chain,…

2022 Senate Overview (July 1, 2022): Alabama - Georgia

July 1, 2022 · 2:29 PM EDT

Alabama. Open; Richard Shelby (R) not seeking re-election. In one of the cycle’s most topsy-turvy primaries, the ultimate winner was Katie Boyd Britt, the former Shelby chief of staff and president of the Alabama Business Council who had the support of much of the DC GOP establishment. Britt trounced 5th…

2022 Senate Overview (July 1, 2022): Hawaii - North Carolina

by Jacob Rubashkin July 1, 2022 · 2:28 PM EDT

Hawaii. Brian Schatz (D) appointed 2012, elected 2014 (70%), 2016 (74%). Aug. 13 primary. Several Republicans, most notably state Rep. Bob McDermott, filed to take on Schatz. None of them will beat the incumbent. The senator had $4 million in the bank on March 31, at which point none of…

2022 Senate Overview (July 1, 2022): North Dakota - Wisconsin

July 1, 2022 · 2:27 PM EDT

North Dakota. John Hoeven (R) elected 2010 (76%), 2016 (78%). Hoeven will face Democratic-NPL nominee Katrina Christiansen, an engineering professor at University of Jamestown, in the fall. The senator had $3.3 million in the bank on May 25 compared to Christiansen’s $18,000. Democrats won’t be winning any races in North…

Report Shorts (June 17, 2022)

June 17, 2022 · 2:29 PM EDT

Senate. Rep. Mo Brooks was left for politically dead after former President Donald Trump rescinded his endorsement. But he still managed to revive his campaign enough for a second-place finish, with 29 percent to Katie Boyd Britt’s 45 percent. Veteran Mike Durant’s once-high-flying effort finished third with 23…

Iowa Senate: Franken Poll Finds Tied Race

by Jacob Rubashkin May 16, 2022 · 3:33 PM EDT

A new poll of the Democratic primary for Iowa’s U.S. Senate seat suggests that the contest between former Rep. Abby Finkenauer and retired Admiral/2020 Senate primary runner-up Michael Franken has closed to an even race.

The survey, conducted by Change Research for the Franken campaign and fielded from May 4-8, Continue Reading

Colorado Senate: Centennial Showdown

by Jacob Rubashkin May 6, 2022 · 2:30 PM EDT

If you’re looking for a place to measure the size of a GOP wave or a state where a Supreme Court decision on abortion could make an impact, look at Colorado. 

The agreed-upon Senate battlefield consists of seven or eight states, half held by Democrats and half held by Republicans.