Senate News & Analysis

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.…

‘Scam PACs’ Strike Again in Utah, Wisconsin

by Nathan L. Gonzales September 13, 2017 · 12:31 PM EDT

Mysterious and misleading political action committees are nothing new, but two recent examples demonstrate just how brazen some PACs are becoming in their money-grabbing email pitches.

“BREAKING: Sheriff Clarke Resigned,” announced the subject line of a Sept. 2 email from the Sheriff David Clarke for U.S. Senate (Official Draft Campaign).…

Arizona Senate: Flake Re-Election Race Heats Up

by Nathan L. Gonzales August 18, 2017 · 12:30 PM EDT

After Donald Trump won Arizona’s 11 electoral votes in 2016, despite his historic unfavorable ratings, it looked like The Grand Canyon State was firmly in the Republican column. But GOP Sen. Jeff Flake is feeling political pressure from both Democrats and Trump supporters and may find himself squeezed…

Merkley’s Mild Town Hall in a Red County

by Nathan L. Gonzales August 17, 2017 · 1:52 PM EDT

DALLAS, Ore. — With a divided country and two divided parties, town halls are supposed to be ground zero for angst, anger, and animosity, but not in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Donald Trump carried Polk County in the last presidential election but Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley found a largely sympathetic audience…