House News & Analysis

Maryland Redistricting: Crossing the Chesapeake

by Jacob Rubashkin January 21, 2022 · 2:29 PM EST

As one of the few states in which Democrats had full control of redistricting, Maryland was a major focus of national Democrats looking for any advantages heading into a tough midterm election.

But while state legislators in Annapolis moved against the congressional delegation’s lone remaining Republican member, they did not…

Report Shorts (January 21, 2022)

January 21, 2022 · 2:28 PM EST

California House. Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney announced he will not seek re-election, setting off a brief game of musical chairs. The congressman was assumed to be running for the newly-drawn 9th District. But now that McNerney is on his way out, Democratic Rep. Josh Harder will run for re-election in…

Michigan Redistricting: Mix and Match

by Jacob Rubashkin January 13, 2022 · 10:40 AM EST

While Michigan’s new congressional map looks even on paper, the final results could be skewed toward Republicans, thanks to a positive political environment.

Currently, the Michigan congressional delegation is evenly divided, with seven Democrats and seven Republicans. But that won’t be the case for much longer, as the state lost…

New Jersey Redistricting: Malinowski Draws the Short Straw

by Jacob Rubashkin January 10, 2022 · 4:00 PM EST

Winning has consequences. Electoral success in House races over the last decade made the latest round of redistricting more complicated for New Jersey Democrats because they have more incumbents. The final result looks like one of their own will face a very challenging re-election race. 

Ten years ago, a seven…

Candidate Conversation: Jamie McLeod-Skinner (D)

January 7, 2022 · 2:26 PM EST

Oregon’s 5th — Rating: Likely Democratic

Interview Date: December 13, 2021 (via Zoom)

Date of Birth: May 31, 1967; Milwaukee, Wis.

Education: Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. (1992); Cornell University (Masters, 1995); Univ. of Oregon (J.D., 2016)

Elected Office: 2018 2nd District nominee; 2020 Secretary of State candidate; Santa Clara, Calif. City…

Report Shorts (January 7, 2022)

January 7, 2022 · 2:25 PM EST

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Rather than running for re-election in the newly-drawn 3rd District and potentially face a formidable GOP assemblyman and competitive general election, GOP Rep. Tom McClintock is choosing to run for re-election in the newly-drawn 5th District, which has more of a GOP lean. It does mean the…

New Mexico Redistricting: Herrell in the Hot Seat

by Jacob Rubashkin December 31, 2021 · 11:30 AM EST

New Mexico has just three congressional districts, but as one of just seven states in which Democrats fully control the mapmaking process it has drawn serious attention from national Democrats eager to press any advantage that helps them defend their five-seat majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The map…

Arizona Redistricting: Democrats’ Grand Canyon Calamity

by Jacob Rubashkin December 30, 2021 · 12:00 PM EST

Arizona’s independent redistricting commission unanimously passed a new congressional map that maintains the state’s breakdown of five districts carried by Joe Biden in the 2020 election and four districts carried by President Donald Trump, but also affords Republicans great opportunities to flip two Democratic-held seats and reclaim a majority of…

California Redistricting: Golden Opportunities

by Jacob Rubashkin December 28, 2021 · 5:00 PM EST

California’s independent redistricting commission unanimously passed a new congressional map for the Golden State that shores up the state’s Democratic delegation and puts several Republicans on their heels. 

That’s a boon for national Democrats looking to hold onto their razor-thin majority in the U.S. House. Despite California’s decidedly blue bent,…

Oklahoma Redistricting: Sooner Shutout

by Jacob Rubashkin December 27, 2021 · 4:02 PM EST

Oklahoma was home to one of the most surprising results of the 2018 midterm elections, when Democrats picked up a deeply Republican district in the heart of the state.

So when this year’s redistricting process rolled around, Republicans in the Oklahoma state legislature took care to ensure such an upset…