Senate News & Analysis

Don’t Trust Politicians Who Say They Aren’t Running for President

Nathan L. Gonzales May 5, 2017 · 8:30 AM EDT

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told a group of local reporters in New York that she is not running for president in 2020. But, of course, that means you shouldn’t take her off any list of potential presidential candidates.

The Empire State’s junior senator is among the dozen or so…

The Bipartisan Effort to Make Senate History

Nathan L. Gonzales April 14, 2017 · 10:06 AM EDT

For all of the moaning and groaning about Washington being dysfunctional, members of Congress aren’t exactly tripping over each other to get out of town.

So far, all of the Republican and Democratic senators up for re-election this cycle seem intent on seeking another term. And if that trend continues,…

2018 Senate Overview: Waiting for the New Normal

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Nathan L. Gonzales April 7, 2017 · 3:00 PM EDT

Donald Trump has been president for less than three months and yet it feels like three years, as each day seems to bring at least one urgent story (if not two or three) to the forefront. And even though the 2018 midterm elections are 19 months away, they are not…

2018 Senate Overview (April 7, 2017) Alabama - Maine

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April 7, 2017 · 2:59 PM EDT

ALABAMA - Luther Strange (R) appointed 2017. Special Election. This seat is the latest addition to the regular class of senate seats up this cycle. GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions was confirmed as President Donald Trump’s attorney general and GOP Gov. Robert Bentley appointed state Attorney General Luther Strange to the…

2018 Senate Overview (April 7, 2017) Maryland - Ohio

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April 7, 2017 · 2:58 PM EDT

MARYLAND - Ben Cardin (D) elected 2006 (54%), 2012 (56%). Unless GOP Gov. Larry Hogan decides to challenge Cardin instead of seeking re-election (which he’s not going to do), Republicans aren’t going to win this seat. In 2016, Clinton defeated Trump 60-34 percent and Democrat Chris Van Hollen defeated Republican…

2018 Senate Overview (April 7, 2017) Oklahama - Wyoming

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April 7, 2017 · 2:57 PM EDT

PENNSYLVANIA - Bob Casey, Jr. (D) elected 2006 (59%), 2012 (54%). With Trump’s 49-48 percent win over Clinton and Sen. Pat Toomey’s re-election in 2016, Republicans are feeling emboldened about their chances of defeating Casey next year. Now they just need a candidate. There was a moment when Casey’s 2012…

Reason for Democratic Optimism, But Health Care Won’t be Enough

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Nathan L. Gonzales April 7, 2017 · 2:55 PM EDT

From the women’s marches to town hall protests, Democrats were feeling emboldened about the next elections even before Republicans fumbled their attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Democratic optimism grew (as well as media comparisons to a certain previous midterm election involving health care) as polling revealed that the…

So Much for Deal Making

Stuart Rothenberg April 5, 2017 · 9:20 AM EDT

It seemed logical. But so far it hasn’t happened.

Last year, many political observers were suggesting that new political leadership in the nation’s capital could well usher in a wave of political negotiation and compromise. No, the legislative process wouldn’t suddenly become easy, but the unadulterated partisanship that had paralyzed…

New Jersey Senate: Menendez Heading to Trial and Re-Election?

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Nathan L. Gonzales March 24, 2017 · 2:29 PM EDT

It’s never good to be on trial for bribery and up for re-election at the same time, but that doesn’t mean Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez is going to lose next year in New Jersey. 

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court declined to take up the senator’s federal corruption case,…

Senate Landscape Not as Rosy for the GOP as It Once Was

Stuart Rothenberg March 22, 2017 · 9:16 AM EDT

If Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 presidential election, the GOP would now be headed to a dramatic 6-8 seat Senate gain next year, maybe even more, if history is any guide.

But with Donald Trump in the White House, Republican prospects are much less certain.

That doesn’t mean the…