Alaska Senate: Al Gross, 2020 Nominee, Considering Another Run

by Jacob Rubashkin April 12, 2021 · 12:21 PM EDT

Al Gross, the independent who ran for US Senate in Alaska in 2020 with backing from state and national Democrats and broke fundraising records but lost to incumbent Republican Dan Sullivan, is considering another run for the Senate in 2022.

Gross told Inside Elections that he is “certainly…

Few Opportunities as Parties Battle for Senate Control

by Nathan L. Gonzales April 12, 2021 · 9:20 AM EDT

It’s a good thing Republicans hoping to take control of the Senate next year don’t need to pick up more than one seat, because there’s a dearth of takeover options. Indeed, the Senate battleground at this point in the cycle has been smaller only once in the past 22 years.

At the outset of the 2022…

Let’s Talk About How We Talk About House Retirements

by Nathan L. Gonzales April 11, 2021 · 10:00 AM EDT

Welcome to a redistricting cycle, where the routine is more complicated. 

Typically, members announce they aren’t seeking reelection, political journalists produce long lists of people mentioned as contenders for the open seat and the race begins. In a redistricting cycle, however, it’s not clear…

2022 Senate Overview (April 1, 2021): No Margin for Error

April 1, 2021 · 2:30 PM EDT

By Nathan L. Gonzales & Jacob Rubashkin

The country and Capitol Hill are so divided that Republicans and Democrats can’t agree on what to have for lunch on any particular day. But there’s one thing providing consensus: control of the Senate is on the line in 2022. 

Considering the Senate is…

2022 Senate Overview (April 1, 2021): Alabama - Georgia

April 1, 2021 · 2:29 PM EDT

ALABAMA. Open; Richard Shelby, R, not seeking re-election. Shelby’s retirement means the state will host its second competitive GOP Senate primary in as many cycles. Trump’s former ambassador to Slovenia, Lynda Blanchard, is running — the wealthy GOP donor committed to spending at least $5 million…

2022 Senate Overview (April 1, 2021): Hawaii - North Carolina

April 1, 2021 · 2:28 PM EDT

HAWAII. Brian Schatz (D) appointed Dec. 2012, elected 2014 (70%), 2016 (74%). Though Schatz had to beat back a primary challenger in 2014, he ended 2020 with more than $3 million in the bank, and ambitious state-level Democrats are more focused on the open gubernatorial contest to succeed the…

2022 Senate Overview (April 1, 2021): North Dakota - Wisconsin

April 1, 2021 · 2:27 PM EDT

NORTH DAKOTA. John Hoeven (R) elected 2010 (76%), 2016 (78%). Hoeven had $2.1 million in the bank on Dec. 31, Trump won the state by 34 points in November, and the senator appears to still be on the good side of the former president. That looks like a recipe for re-election. Solid Republican.

Report Shorts (April 1, 2021)

April 1, 2021 · 2:26 PM EDT

Louisiana’s 2nd District
State Sens. Troy Carter and Karen Carter Peterson, both New Orleans Democrats, advanced to the runoff as expected — but the margins were notable. Carter Peterson, the former chairwoman of the state party and a DNC vice chair, barely beat out Baton Rouge activist Gary…

Candidate Conversation: Sery Kim (R)

April 1, 2021 · 2:25 PM EDT

Texas’ 6th District Special -- Rating: Lean Republican

Interview Date: March 12, 2021 (Google Meet)

Date of Birth: April 26, 1978; Seoul, South Korea

Education: Univ. of North Texas (1998); Univ. of Texas, Austin (J.D., 2001) 

Elected Office: None; First run for office.

Current Outlook: Kim is…