House News & Analysis

Candidate Conversation - Roger Dean Huffstetler (D)

November 10, 2017 · 2:24 PM EST

Roger Dean Huffstetler 

Candidate for Virginia’s 5th District

Interview Date: Oct. 12, 2017

Date of Birth: April 28, 1978; Gaston County, N.C.

Education: University of Georgia (2001), Harvard (MBA/MPA; 2010)

Elected Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Huffstetler is one of the top Democrats challenging GOP Rep. Tom…

Ten Thoughts after Democrats’ Big Wins in Virginia

by Nathan L. Gonzales November 8, 2017 · 12:51 PM EST

Everyone take a deep breath. We’re all starving for tangible election results and now we have them. But just as the previous Republican wins in congressional special elections didn’t guarantee the party would have a good 2018, losses on Tuesday night don’t necessarily tell us a Democratic wave in the…

Please Don’t Call It a Push Poll: Transgender Edition

by Nathan L. Gonzales November 7, 2017 · 4:23 PM EST

Danica Roem and Bob Marshall are facing off in an unusually high-profile race for the Virginia House of Delegates — Roem, a transgender Democrat, is challenging Marshall, a conservative Republican. The race reached a new level in the final weeks when allegations of a so-called push poll came to light.

Rating Change: LoBiondo Retirement Makes GOP Seat More Vulnerable

November 7, 2017 · 3:26 PM EST

GOP Rep. Frank LoBiondo’s retirement gives Democrats a better opportunity to win New Jersey’s 2nd District. 

Democrats have had their eye on the South Jersey seat for years, particularly after President Barack Obama won the seat by 8 points in 2012. But the party has struggled to find a…

Why You Should Focus on Independents from Now to the Midterms

by Stuart Rothenberg November 1, 2017 · 9:03 AM EDT

In my last column, I wrote about Donald Trump’s job approval ratings among Republicans, Democrats and Independents, noting that his standing among all groups is important. But my primary focus for 2018 should be on Independents, who are likely to be the canary in the coal mine for the…

2017-18 Gubernatorial Overview (Oct. 27, 2017) Iowa - New Mexico

October 27, 2017 · 2:28 PM EDT

IOWA — Kim Reynolds (R) ascended to office May 2017. March 16 filing deadline. June 5 primary. Reynolds was the lieutenant governor when then-Gov. Terry Branstad became President Trump’s ambassador to China, launching the former state senator to the state’s top post. A former Clarke County treasurer, Reynolds is now…

Candidate Conversation - Jason Crow (D)

October 27, 2017 · 2:25 PM EDT

Candidate for Colorado’s 6th District

Interview Date: Oct. 11, 2017

Date of Birth: March 15, 1979; Madison, Wis.

Education: Univ. of Wisconsin (2002), Univ. of Denver Law School (2009)

Political Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Rep. Mike Coffman is one of the 23 Republicans representing districts that…

Candidate Conversation - Abigail Spanberger (D)

October 27, 2017 · 2:24 PM EDT

Candidate for Virginia’s 7th District

Interview Date: Oct. 12, 2017

Date of Birth: Aug. 7, 1979; Red Bank, N.J.

Education: Univ. of Virginia (2001), German International School of Management and Administration/Purdue Univ. (MBA 2002)

Political Office: None; first run for office

Current Outlook: Spanberger is one of the handful of…

Candidate Conversation - Anthony Brindisi (D)

October 27, 2017 · 2:23 PM EDT

Candidate for New York’s 22nd District

Interview Date: Oct. 11, 2017

Date of Birth: Nov. 22, 1978; New Hartford, N.Y.

Education: Siena College (2000), Albany Law School (2004)

Political Office: State Assembly; Utica School Board (former) 

Current Outlook: Brindisi is the likely Democratic nominee against freshman GOP Rep. Claudia Tenney,…

Candidate Conversation - Christina Hartman (D)

October 27, 2017 · 2:22 PM EDT

Interview Date: Oct. 13, 2017

Date of Birth: Aug. 12, 1977; Newburyport, Mass. 

Education: George Washington Univ. (1999); Fordham (Masters 2004)

Political Office: None; 2016 16th District nominee

Current Outlook: Hartman is the Democratic frontrunner for the right to challenge freshman GOP Rep. Lloyd Smucker in this southeast Pennsylvania district.…