House News & Analysis

What Happened in West Virginia and Nebraska Primaries

by Jacob Rubashkin May 12, 2022 · 10:11 AM EDT

Tuesday saw voters in West Virginia and Nebraska head to the polls to pick nominees for this fall’s midterm elections. It was also the latest battery of tests of the strength of Donald Trump’s endorsement, and one that produced mixed results for the former president. But none of the results…

Texas 34 Special: (Rio) Grande Opportunity

by Jacob Rubashkin May 6, 2022 · 2:29 PM EDT

With all the focus on the November midterm elections, Republicans are hoping their march to the majority starts a few months earlier, in Texas. 

In 2020, Republicans were surprised and energized by significant gains among Latino voters across the country. Nowhere was that more obvious than in South Texas, where…

Ohio Redistricting Redux: Maps, For Now

by Jacob Rubashkin April 22, 2022 · 12:35 PM EDT

Ohio’s redistricting process for the 2022 midterms appears to have ended as it began: messily.

After a tumultuous process that saw the state legislature and a backup commission fail to (or even make a good-faith attempt to) pass bipartisan maps as required by a new state law passed by voters…

Connecticut Redistricting: Testing the Edges of the Battlefield

by Jacob Rubashkin April 20, 2022 · 3:12 PM EDT

In a sea of uncertainty, some things are easy to project, such as the redistricting process in Connecticut. 

For the third time in as many redistricting cycles, Connecticut’s Supreme Court had to step in to draw new congressional maps after both the state legislature and a backup commission failed to…

Alaska At-Large Special: Frontier Fiasco

by Jacob Rubashkin April 14, 2022 · 2:30 PM EDT

The death of Republican Don Young, Alaska’s sole congressman and the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, has set off what is already proving to be the most crowded, unpredictable special election in recent memory.

Young first came to Congress 49 years ago, in a 1973 special election after…

Massachusetts Redistricting: A Common Story in the Commonwealth

by Bradley Wascher April 14, 2022 · 2:27 PM EDT

Democrats are poised to take over the governorship of Massachusetts from Republicans and will likely hold all of the Bay State’s U.S. House seats, yet potentially lose control of Congress.

The Massachusetts congressional map received minimal modifications in redistricting. Not only will the state keep its nine seats, but those…

Report Shorts (April 14, 2022)

by Jacob Rubashkin April 14, 2022 · 2:26 PM EDT

California’s 22nd District Special. Former state Assemblywoman Connie Conway finished first with 35 percent in the April 5 special election primary. She’ll face Democrat Lourin Hubbard (who received 19 percent) in the June 7 runoff in the race for the remainder of GOP Rep. Devin Nunes’ term. Republican candidates combined…

Maryland Redistricting Redux: Chesapeake Changeup

by Jacob Rubashkin April 11, 2022 · 1:51 PM EDT

With some bipartisan consensus, it appears Maryland finally has a final, final congressional map.

Back in December, Democrats in the Maryland state legislature used their supermajority to pass a new congressional map over the objection of the state’s Republican governor, Larry Hogan.

While that map’s lines were not…

Minnesota Redistricting: Land of a Couple Interesting Races

by Jacob Rubashkin April 7, 2022 · 11:58 AM EDT

In Minnesota, reapportionment cut a little too close for comfort. Had New York State counted just 89 more people in the 2020 Census, it would have retained its 27th seat — and Minnesota would have lost its eighth seat.

But that didn’t happen, and the Land of 10,000 Lakes will…

Rhode Island 2: Republican Reach

by Jacob Rubashkin April 1, 2022 · 2:26 PM EDT

Last year, Rhode Island appeared poised to lose its second congressional district due to reapportionment, and Democrats were girding for a primary melee between Reps. David Cicilline and Jim Langevin for the remaining at-large seat.

But thanks to stronger-than-expected census numbers the Ocean State retained both of its seats, and…