North Carolina Senate: Tar Heel Hullabaloo

by Jacob Rubashkin August 6, 2021 · 2:30 PM EDT

Republican Sen. Richard Burr’s decision to retire rather than seek a fourth term gives Democrats a much-needed opportunity to offset potential losses elsewhere, during a midterm cycle in which literally every Senate seat is a majority-maker.

Though Democrats have not won a Senate race in North…

Montana House: Missoula’s Moment

by Jacob Rubashkin August 6, 2021 · 2:29 PM EDT

For the first time in 30 years, Montana is poised to send not one but two people to the House of Representatives. That’s because the state grew 9.6 percent over the last decade, more than the national average and enough to earn back its second congressional seat in the decennial reapportionment…

California Governor Recall: Taking It Seriously

by Nathan L. Gonzales August 6, 2021 · 2:28 PM EDT

When it comes to the political fallout from the coronavirus, most politicians have the luxury of time. But not Gavin Newsom. 

The Democratic governor of California is facing a potential recall on Sept. 14, while the vast majority of elected officials at the federal, state, and local level don’t…

Meet Three New (or Likely New) Members of Congress

August 6, 2021 · 2:27 PM EDT

Three House special elections in the last two weeks produced one new lawmaker and two more party nominees who are likely to join him this fall. And with the House so evenly divided, literally every seat and every vote matters.

Mike Carey (R) Ohio’s 15th District
Carey, 50, had a long career…

Is John Boozman Too Nice for the Republican Party?

by Nathan L. Gonzales August 6, 2021 · 9:00 AM EDT

John Boozman’s greatest sin is that he’s too nice. 

As a member of a Republican Party that rewards the provocative and sensational, the two-term senator from Arkansas has drawn three primary challengers, in part because he’s not a staple of the Fox News prime-time lineup. The fact that Boozman is…

Six Thoughts after the Ohio Special Election Primaries

by Jacob Rubashkin August 4, 2021 · 11:08 AM EDT

Voters in two Ohio congressional districts went to the polls Tuesday to select the Democratic and Republican nominees, who are now significant favorites in the special general elections on November 2. 

In Ohio’s 11th, the Cleveland-based seat most recently held by HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge,…

Senate Candidates Smashing the Fundraising Curve

by Jacob Rubashkin July 29, 2021 · 2:00 PM EDT

When fundraising reports trickle out quarter by quarter, it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture: candidate fundraising over the last couple cycles has soared.

In 2014, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes and Republican Mitch McConnell raised a combined $49.8 million in their battle for one of…