House News & Analysis

Georgia 6 Special: Club for Growth to Air TV Ad Against Handel

Nathan L. Gonzales March 28, 2017 · 12:00 PM EDT

Club for Growth Action is poised to air a television against initial GOP frontrunner Karen Handel beginning Wednesday in Georgia’s 6th District special election, according to a release first obtained by Inside Elections. 

It’s a $250,000 ad buy on Atlanta cable, according to a Club source, and scheduled to run…

Minnesota 1: Walz’s Gov Run Creates Vulnerable Open Seat

Nathan L. Gonzales March 27, 2017 · 1:30 PM EDT

It could be a rough round of midterm elections for Republicans next year but DFL Rep. Tim Walz gave them a little gift by vacating Minnesota’s 1st District in order to run for governor. 

The six-term congressman won re-election narrowly, 50.3-49.6 percent, last year in a race that…

What I Learned About Polling From a Georgia House Survey

Nathan L. Gonzales March 27, 2017 · 10:54 AM EDT

I was initially skeptical of a recent poll in the special election for Georgia’s 6th District, not because it utilized Interactive Voice Response, or IVR, technology or because it was conducted by a GOP-friendly firm or because a Democratic candidate was leading in a Republican-leaning district. But it only…

Georgia 6 Special:Looking for a Fight

Subscriber
Nathan L. Gonzales March 24, 2017 · 2:30 PM EDT

While some people are dreading the next elections, others are itching for a fight, and suburban Atlanta looks like ground zero for the next electoral battle. 

Democrats got knocked down in 2016, losing the White House and falling well short of expectations in the House and the Senate. But they’ve…

Montana At-Large Special: Land of Second Chances

Subscriber
Nathan L. Gonzales March 24, 2017 · 2:28 PM EDT

While all the special election attention is on Georgia’s 6th, where Democrats haven’t won a significant race in decades, President Donald Trump’s cabinet selections also opened up an at-large district 1,800 miles away in Montana, where Democrats have been successful as recently as last year. So why is this special…

Ohio 16: Renacci Leaves Seat Open to Run for Governor

Subscriber
Nathan L. Gonzales March 24, 2017 · 2:27 PM EDT

On Monday, Republican Rep. Jim Renacci announced his bid to become governor of Ohio, immediately beginning the race to replace him in Congress. 

Earlier this year, House Democrats announced an ambitious list of 59 takeover targets, but Renacci’s 16th District was not on it. And even now that the seat…

Looking for Clues From a 2005 Special Election in Ohio

Nathan L. Gonzales March 23, 2017 · 3:27 PM EDT

Are Democrats in the early stages of their own tea party movement? It’s one of the biggest outstanding questions at this point in the cycle. But as we collectively look at the past for prologue, I don’t understand why our memories only go back eight years.

There was a time,…

Illinois House: Democrats Eye Fresh Takeover Opportunities

Subscriber
Nathan L. Gonzales March 13, 2017 · 2:59 PM EDT

After gaining six seats in 2016, Democrats are still two dozen short of a House majority. That doesn’t mean the House majority is out of reach for Democrats, particularly in a midterm election with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office. But they’ll need to gain multiple districts in at…

Candidate Conversation - David Abroms (R)

Subscriber
March 13, 2017 · 2:58 PM EDT

Candidate for Georgia’s 6th District

Interview Date: March 8, 2017

Date of Birth: May 5, 1983; Birmingham, Ala.

Education: Univ. of Miami (2005); Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham (Master’s degree, 2007)

Political Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Abroms is battling 17 other candidates in the April 18…

House Republicans Shouldn’t Get Too Comfortable in Majority

Nathan L. Gonzales March 10, 2017 · 11:17 AM EST

Republican gerrymandering has put the House majority out of reach for Democrats, we’re told. But even though the initial playing field of competitive races is probably too small for the GOP to fall into the minority, Republicans shouldn’t get too comfortable. The playing field could expand dramatically over the next…