Senate News & Analysis

2020 Senate Overview (Oct. 11, 2019): The Senate Is In Play

October 11, 2019 · 2:30 PM EDT

With President Donald Trump struggling to recreate his 2016 Electoral College victory, control of the Senate should be regarded as in play. Republicans are still more likely than not to maintain control of the Senate, but Democrats have a legitimate path to control, particularly if they win the White House. 

2020 Senate Overview (Oct. 11, 2019): Alabama - Kansas

October 11, 2019 · 2:29 PM EDT

Alabama. Doug Jones (D), elected 2017 special (50%). Nov. 8 filing deadline. March 3 primary. March 31 runoff. Jones remains the most vulnerable senator in the country, but some Republicans admit he’s not in terrible shape at this stage of the race. Republicans are facing a crowded primary, where the…

2020 Senate Overview (Oct. 11, 2019): Kentucky - New Mexico

October 11, 2019 · 2:28 PM EDT

Kentucky. Mitch McConnell (R), elected 1984 (50%), 1990 (52%), 1996 (55%), 2002 (65%), 2008 (53%) and 2014 (56%). Jan. 28 filing deadline. May 19 primary. The Bluegrass State is set to host one of the most expensive Senate races in the country, even if it’s not one of the most…

2020 Senate Overview (Oct. 11, 2019): North Carolina - Wyoming

October 11, 2019 · 2:27 PM EDT

North Carolina. Thom Tillis (R), elected 2014 (49%). Dec. 20 filing. March 3 primary. It’s not even Fall yet, but Republicans have already spent a few million dollars on the race. Garland Tucker, the retired CEO of Triangle Capital Corporation, has spent nearly $1 million on cable in his bid…

North Carolina Senate: Something Red, Something Blue

by Leah Askarinam September 27, 2019 · 2:30 PM EDT

Maybe it’s true that money can’t buy love. But Republicans are hoping it can at least buy acceptance in the North Carolina Senate race.

More than a year ahead of Election Day, GOP Sen. Thom Tillis is spending more than $2 million on re-election ads as he faces a primary…

Luke Skywalker and the Politics of Impeachment

by Nathan L. Gonzales September 26, 2019 · 8:44 AM EDT

As House Democrats move closer to impeaching President Donald Trump, I’m amazed by the collective certainty about how the storyline will play out. It’s assumed that history will repeat itself. But I can’t help but think of Luke Skywalker’s words of caution.

Up to this point, everyone is assuming that…

Key Senate Races Continue to Take Shape

by Nathan L. Gonzales September 13, 2019 · 2:29 PM EDT

As the presidential primary and House special elections consume most of the recent media attention, there’s been significant developments in key Senate races. Democrats need to gain three seats for control of the Senate, if they win the White House, or four seats to give them an outright majority. Republicans…

Texas 17: Add Another Republican to List of Retirements

by Nathan L. Gonzales September 4, 2019 · 3:30 PM EDT

It’s not a question of if more House Members will retire; it’s a question of when and where.

On Wednesday, Bill Flores became the fifth Texas Republican to announce he will not seek re-election or another office in 2020. Of the 13 total members retiring in 2020, 11 are…

Isakson’s Decision Adds Competitive Seat to 2020 Senate Battleground

August 28, 2019 · 11:27 AM EDT

Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson’s resignation adds another seat to the 2020 Senate battleground and gives Democrats another takeover opportunity in their road to the majority. 

According to state law, GOP Gov. Brian Kemp will appoint a senator, who will then stand for election in Nov. 2020 to fill the…

Maine Senate: Democrats Try to Crack Collins’ Code

by Leah Askarinam August 16, 2019 · 2:30 PM EDT

Motivated by Donald Trump’s 2016 victory, Democratic activists throughout the country have targeted dozens of congressional Republicans for defeat, 32 of whom lost their jobs in the 2018 midterms. But heading into 2020, nobody has caught Democrats’ attention quite like Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. 

When Collins announced that she…