House News & Analysis

Candidate Conversation - Jay Hulings (D)

October 27, 2017 · 2:21 PM EDT

Candidate for Texas’s 23rd District

Interview Date: Oct. 11, 2017

Date of Birth: May 15, 1975; Rome, Italy

Education: Virginia Tech (1997), Harvard Law School (2000)

Political Office: None, first run for office

Current Outlook: GOP Rep. Will Hurd ousted Democratic incumbent Pete Gallego in 2014 and narrowly won a…

Comparing Trump’s Job Ratings to Obama’s

by Stuart Rothenberg October 26, 2017 · 2:04 PM EDT

Nine months into their respective terms, President Donald Trump’s job approval rating is substantially worse than Barack Obama’s was among both partisan groups and Independents, according to Gallup polls.

Trump’s average job approval numbers for the week of October 9 stood at 79 percent among Republicans, 8 percent among…

Rating Change: Democratic Challenger Puts Utah Seat Into Play

by Nathan L. Gonzales October 18, 2017 · 8:20 PM EDT

It’s not hard to see Democratic takeover opportunities in districts where Hillary Clinton prevailed or Donald Trump won narrowly in 2016, but Democrats have expanded the map with at least a couple recruits who should make Republicans work to defend some deeper red territory next year. 

Iowa House: Democrats Take Another Swing at 1st and 3rd Districts

by Leah Askarinam October 13, 2017 · 2:29 PM EDT

The last time Democrats held the House majority, they controlled 60 percent of the congressional districts in Iowa. Today, they’re down to 25 percent, and probably need to win at least one, if not two, districts in The Hawkeye State to get back to the majority.

The 1st and 3rd…

Candidate Conversation - Hans Keirstead (D)

October 13, 2017 · 2:28 PM EDT

Candidate for California’s 48th District

Interview Date: Oct. 11, 2017

Date of Birth: April 21, 1967; Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Education: Univ. of British Columbia (Bachelors 1994, Phd 1998) 

Political Office: None, first run for office

Current Outlook: Keirstead is a top contender against Dana Rohrabacher, one of 2018’s most…

Candidate Conversation - Mikie Sherrill (D)

October 13, 2017 · 2:27 PM EDT

Candidate for New Jersey’s 11th District

Interview Date: Oct. 11, 2017

Date of Birth: Jan. 19, 1972; Alexandria, Va. 

Education: U.S. Naval Academy (1994), Georgetown Law School, London School of Economics 

Political Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Sherrill is running to unseat GOP Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen in…

Candidate Conversation - Austin Petersen (R)

October 13, 2017 · 2:26 PM EDT

Republican Candidate for Senate in Missouri

Interview Date: Sept. 15, 2017

Date of Birth: Feb. 19, 1981; Independence, Mo.

Education: Missouri State Univ. (2003)

Political Office: None; 2016 presidential candidate, Libertarian Party 
Current Outlook: There could be space for a Trump-style, former-Libertarian candidate in the Senate race, and Petersen…

Candidate Conversation - Chrissy Houlahan (D)

October 13, 2017 · 2:25 PM EDT

Candidate for Pennsylvania’s 6th

Interview Date: Oct. 11, 2016

Date of Birth: June 5, 1967; Patuxent River, Md. 

Education: Stanford Univ. (1989), MIT (Master’s, 1994)

Political Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Rep. Ryan Costello is one of the 23 Republicans who represents a district that Hillary Clinton…

New Hampshire 1: Open Seat Moves to Toss-Up

October 6, 2017 · 2:15 PM EDT

Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter’s retirement leaves an already competitive seat more vulnerable as an open seat, considering Donald Trump carried New Hampshire’s 1st District 48-46 percent in 2016. 
“I felt the tug of family at our reunion on Independence Day, and I have continued to feel it,”…

What Happened to Mountain Republicans in the South?

by Stuart Rothenberg October 3, 2017 · 1:11 PM EDT

Even when Democrats dominated the so-called Solid South, the GOP showed strength in mountain areas of the region. Northwestern Arkansas, eastern Tennessee, western North Carolina and western Virginia all had substantial Republican sympathies.

But now that the national Republican Party has transitioned from the Party of Lincoln to the party…