Ohio 2: Senate Compromise Hurting DeWine’s Bid

by Nathan L. Gonzales June 7, 2005 · 11:50 AM EDT

Some conservatives in southern Ohio are testing the saying that the sins of the father are passed to the son.

The resignation from Congress of recently confirmed United States Trade Representative Rob Portman (R-OH 2) created a surge of candidates – 18 in all – who filed to run in next week’s…

Indiana 9: The Bloodier Ninth

by Nathan L. Gonzales June 7, 2005 · 11:46 AM EDT

Last fall, southern Indiana lost a member of its delegation, but it was Cong. Baron Hill (D) who went down to defeat in the 9th District, not Cong. John Hostettler (R-IN 8), as some may have assumed.

After losing to Hill in 2002, businessman Mike Sodrel (R) kept running and defeated the…

Texas 28: Role Reversal for Re-Run

by Nathan L. Gonzales June 7, 2005 · 11:43 AM EDT

Less than a year ago, Henry Cuellar knocked off incumbent Cong. Ciro Rodriguez in a very close and very competitive Democratic primary in Texas’ 28th District. Now, the freshman congressman is trying to avoid the same fate as his predecessor.

“No member of the Class of 2004 came to the House…

Vermont Senate: It All Depends on the Meaning of Independent

by Nathan L. Gonzales April 22, 2005 · 11:45 PM EDT

The announcement by Senator Jim Jeffords didn’t come as a complete surprise to some insiders. The Vermont Independent’s health has been an issue for some time, and while he had indicated his intention to seek a fourth term, many doubted that Jeffords would actually be on the ballot next year.

Rhode Island Senate: Multi-Front War

by Nathan L. Gonzales April 22, 2005 · 11:40 PM EDT

Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R) of Rhode Island has a long 18 months ahead of him. First, he’s facing pressure from his caucus to stay in line on critical votes in the Senate. Second, he could face a serious primary challenge from a more conservative Republican. And third, if he survives a primary, he…

New Jersey Governor: Nothing But Net

by Nathan L. Gonzales April 22, 2005 · 11:33 PM EDT

Voters in New Jersey will go to the polls June 7 to nominate a candidate for governor. And later this November, unless the Republicans can get their act together and pull off a monumental upset, Sen. Jon Corzine (D) will become the next governor of the Garden State.

The New Jersey Republicans…

Nevada 2: The Great Wide Open

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 29, 2005 · 9:24 PM EST

Nevada is more than just Las Vegas or even Clark County. It’s Reno, state capital Carson City and the so-called Cow Counties. Since 1996, those areas – and even part of Clark County – have been represented by Cong. Jim Gibbons (R), but that’s going to end next year when the Republican gives up…

Florida 11: Down By the Bay

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 29, 2005 · 9:20 PM EST

By all indications, Florida’s 11th Congressional District will host a competitive Democratic primary next year. Only someone living in a hole is surprised that the Tampa-area seat is open, considering Cong. Jim Davis (D) has been a likely gubernatorial candidate for at least two years.


Pennsylvania 6: New Cycle, (Slightly) New Scenario

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 16, 2005 · 9:02 PM EST

Another less than impressive showing by Cong. Jim Gerlach (R) in Pennsylvania’s competitive 6th District almost guarantees him another tough race next year.

In 2002, the scenario was an open seat with Ed Rendell (D) at the top of the ticket running for governor and driving turnout in the…

Idaho 1: Dems Hoping for a Dynamite Race

by Nathan L. Gonzales March 16, 2005 · 8:57 PM EST

Democrats are searching near and far for any and all potential opportunities, hoping that voters in this second mid-term election will want to send a disgruntled message to President George W. Bush by voting against his party in 2006.

The Democrats’ search has landed them in one of the most…