Senate News & Analysis

New Mexico Senate: Republicans Search For An Opening

by Leah Askarinam June 14, 2019 · 2:29 PM EDT

New Mexico may not be leading the national political discussion in 2020, but that’s not because of a lack of political activity.

As the 2020 election cycle first took shape, it seemed like a handful of states would attract the most political attention: House Democrats are targeting Arizona, Minnesota, and…

8 Races That Will Likely Determine Control of the Senate

by Stuart Rothenberg June 12, 2019 · 8:30 AM EDT

The fight for the Senate starts off with only a handful of seats at risk. And that’s being generous.

A few other states are worth your attention because of their competitiveness or questions about President Donald Trump’s impact, but almost two-thirds of Senate contests this cycle start as “safe” for…

Why a GOP Super PAC is Bothering to Attack Steve Bullock’s Bid for President

by Nathan L. Gonzales June 7, 2019 · 3:44 PM EDT

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock isn’t one of the leading Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination, but he’s learning how to turn a Republican attack into an asset for his campaign.

On May 29, the GOP-affiliated Senate Leadership Fund started a television ad campaign in the Missoula media market, according…

Texas Senate: Do Democrats Have A Lone, Star Candidate?

by Leah Askarinam May 31, 2019 · 2:30 PM EDT

With Democrats targeting six seats, Texas starts at the center of the conversation about the House majority in 2020.  But the Lone Star State is still on the periphery of the presidential and Senate battlefields.

On one hand, despite the national headwinds that should have helped the Democratic nominee sail…

Candidate Conversation - John Walsh (D)

May 31, 2019 · 2:27 PM EDT

Colorado Senate -- Rating: Toss-Up

Interview Date: May 21, 2019

Date of Birth: May 28, 1961; New York City, N.Y.

Education: Williams College (1983); Stanford (1986 J.D.); Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (attended)

Elected Office: None; candidate for Denver District Attorney (2004)

Current Outlook: Walsh will likely be one of a handful…

(Mostly) Political One-Liners: Pennsylvania Special, Kentucky Governor, and the Trail Blazers

by Nathan L. Gonzales May 23, 2019 · 10:49 AM EDT

California’s 48th District: The Orange County Republican Party endorsed County Supervisor Michelle Steel on Monday in the race against freshman Democratic Rep. Harley Rouda, which could give pause to potential candidates such as former state Sen. Janet Nguyen.

Colorado Senate: Former District Attorney John Walsh, a Democrat, came by the…

Stop Grading 2020 Candidate Recruitment, Particularly This Far From Election Day

by Nathan L. Gonzales May 10, 2019 · 11:32 AM EDT

Gloating about and reporting on candidate recruitment has become commonplace in the election process. But too often, the grading and grandstanding is premature — and even completely wrong.

This cycle, Republicans are crowing after former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams declined to run for the Senate and freshman Rep.…

Arthur Finkelstein Reprised with GOP’s ‘Socialists’ Cries

by Stuart Rothenberg May 7, 2019 · 8:52 AM EDT

If you’re on any Republican list, you’ve undoubtedly received emails from one of the GOP campaign committees or a Capitol Hill communications staffer calling the Democrats “socialists.” To those of us who were around in the 1980s and 1990s, that’s nothing new. We remember the late GOP campaign consultant Arthur…

Wyoming: One Open Seat or Two?

by Nathan L. Gonzales May 6, 2019 · 2:15 PM EDT

GOP Sen. Mike Enzi announced Saturday that he won’t seek a fifth term, causing more than a handful of Wyoming Republicans to evaluate their political ambitions. 

Only seven men (and zero women) have represented The Equality State in the Senate in the last 50 years, and this is Wyoming’s…

Key Senate Races Take Shape

by Nathan L. Gonzales May 3, 2019 · 2:29 PM EDT

North Carolina. Some conservatives are unhappy with GOP Sen. Thom Tillis, who is likely to draw a primary challenge later this month from retired Raleigh financier Garland Tucker III. (Rep. Mark Walker is unlikely to run.) 

Since the birth of the Tea Party movement in 2009, the most publicized political…