Rating Change: New Jersey 5 Moves Off Competitive List

June 14, 2018 · 3:57 PM EDT

Republican optimism about defeating Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer in New Jersey’s 5th District was fueled by President Donald Trump’s narrow victory in 2016, the congressman’s initial victory over a lackluster incumbent and Republican Steve Lonegan’s deep pockets and past electoral performance in…

Candidate Conversation - Billie Sutton (D)

June 14, 2018 · 3:56 PM EDT

South Dakota Governor - Rating: Solid Republican

Interview Date: June 13, 2018

Date of Birth: March 16, 1984; Burke, South Dakota 

Education: Univ. of Wyoming (2008)

Elected Office: State Senate (elected 2010)

Current Outlook: Rep. Kristi Noem won the GOP nomination 56-44 percent over Attorney…

Steve Bannon Is Right About the Midterms — Until He Isn’t

by Stuart Rothenberg June 14, 2018 · 8:10 AM EDT

Former Trump campaign chief executive and White House strategist Steve Bannon recently told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that the midterm elections will be “an up or down vote” on the president. He also asserted that it’s imperative that Donald Trump nationalize the midterm elections.

“Trump’s second…

General Election Stage (Mostly) Set in Eight More States

by Leah Askarinam June 6, 2018 · 12:20 PM EDT

The Republican majority was at risk before Tuesday’s primaries and it’s vulnerable after the primaries. But a fresh crop of results in eight states narrows the crowded fields of candidates. Some results are not official, but this is where things are most likely headed.


Governor. Gov. Kay…

Colorado’s 6th District: Democrats Try to Crack the Coffman Code

by Leah Askarinam June 1, 2018 · 2:30 PM EDT

A handful of Republican House incumbents represent districts that, on the surface, should be firmly in the Democratic column. But despite a series of factors that have created difficult bids for re-election—including redistricting decisions that unfavorably altered the partisanship of the…

Eight States That Will Decide the Senate Majority

by Nathan L. Gonzales June 1, 2018 · 2:29 PM EDT

There are at least 14 competitive Senate races around the country, but knowing the outcome in just eight of the hottest contests will be all the evidence you need in figuring out whether Democrats will retake the majority this fall. 

On paper, a majority might look firmly in reach for Democrats…

Candidate Conversation - Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (D)

June 1, 2018 · 2:28 PM EDT

Illinois 13th District — Rating: Likely Republican

Interview Date: May 11, 2018

Date of Birth: June 21, 1971; Springfield, Illinois 

Education: Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (1993)

Elected Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Londrigan, former director of alumni affairs at…

Candidate Conversation - Gretchen Driskell (D)

June 1, 2018 · 2:27 PM EDT

Michigan’s 7th District — Rating: Likely Republican

Interview Date: May 10, 2018

Date of Birth: Oct. 1, 1958; New York, N.Y.

Education: Lynchburg College (1980); George Washington University (MBA 1987)

Elected Office: Saline City Council (former, 1993-1999); Saline Mayor (former, 1999-2012);…