Senate News & Analysis

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…

2018 Senate Overview: Divided and Conquer?

by Nathan L. Gonzales September 29, 2017 · 2:30 PM EDT

At the beginning of the cycle, it seemed almost certain that Republicans would expand their majority. With 25 Democratic senators up for re-election in 2018, compared to just eight Republican senators, the map is dramatically tilted in the GOP’s favor. But nearly halfway through the midterm cycle, even the best…

2018 Senate Overview (Sept. 9, 2017): Alabama - Maine

September 29, 2017 · 2:29 PM EDT

ALABAMA. Open; Luther Strange (R) defeated in Sept. primary. Dec. 12 Special Election. Roy Moore, the former chief justice of the state Supreme Court, won the GOP primary runoff on Sept. 26 over Sen. Luther Strange, who had been appointed early this year to replace Jeff Sessions. Moore had been…

2018 Senate Overview (Sept. 9, 2017): Maryland - Ohio

September 29, 2017 · 2:28 PM EDT

MARYLAND. Ben Cardin (D) elected 2006 (54%), 2012 (56%).  Feb. 27 filing deadline. June 26 primary. Unless GOP Gov. Larry Hogan decides to challenge Cardin instead of seeking re-election (which he’s not going to do), Republicans aren’t going to win this seat. In 2016, Clinton defeated Trump 60-34 percent and…

2018 Senate Overview (Sept. 9, 2017): Pennsylvania - Wyoming

September 29, 2017 · 2:27 PM EDT

PENNSYLVANIA. Bob Casey Jr. (D) elected 2006 (59%), 2012 (54%). March 6 filing deadline. May 15 primary. After Trump’s 49-48 percent win over Clinton and Sen. Pat Toomey’s re-election in 2016, there was some reason for GOP optimism about defeating Casey next year. But with Republicans struggling to put the…

Candidate Conversation - Paul Perry (D)

September 29, 2017 · 2:26 PM EDT

Candidate for Pennsylvania’s 7th District

Interview Date: Sept. 20, 2017

Date of Birth: Aug. 16, 1985; Norristown, Penn.

Education: American Univ. (2007); Univ. of California-Berkley (M.P.P, 2011); Harvard (Ph.D. 2014)

Political Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Perry starts as a second-tier candidate in a tough Democratic primary…

Nine Thoughts After the Alabama Senate Runoff

by Nathan L. Gonzales September 26, 2017 · 9:56 PM EDT

A year ago, the idea that former Alabama supreme court justice Roy Moore would be elected to the U.S. Senate was absurd. But he took one giant step closer to that reality with a convincing victory over appointed-Sen. Luther Strange in Tuesday’s special Republican runoff. 

The recent result wasn’t…

LGBTQ Women Balance Opportunity, Possible Extinction in Congress

by Nathan L. Gonzales September 21, 2017 · 9:41 AM EDT

It’s been almost 20 years since Tammy Baldwin’s historic election, yet just one woman has followed her through the LGBTQ glass ceiling. And if both women lose competitive races in 2018, the next Congress could be without any LGBTQ women.

While the lack of LGBTQ women in Congress is inextricably…

Alabama Senate Special: What’s Moore Strange Than a Democratic Opportunity in the South?

by Leah Askarinam September 15, 2017 · 2:30 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM- What began as a controversial appointment to replace Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions has devolved into a confusing battle within the Republican Party.

Alabama Republicans selected former state Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore and appointed Sen. Luther Strange over a handful of candidates (including Rep. Mo Brooks) in a Continue Reading

Report Shorts - Arizona Senate, New Jersey Senate

September 15, 2017 · 2:24 PM EDT

Arizona Senate. After publicly feuding with President Donald Trump, GOP Sen. Jeff Flake has been bumped from the headlines, but his re-election next year is still very much in doubt. 

A Democratic poll, conducted August 30-September 1 by GBA Strategies for Senate Majority PAC, showed the senator in deep electoral trouble.…