Will Applegate’s Rematch With Issa Be Successful?
Mixed record for California challengers on their second chance

No one paid much attention to Doug Applegate’s challenge to California Rep. Darrell Issa until there were only five months left in the campaign, and the Democrat came within 2 points of knocking off the Republican incumbent.

Applegate didn’t waste any time and has already announced his 2018 candidacy, but will more time be enough to put him over the top? 

Pelosi Remains But ‘Winter is Coming’ for Democrats
After watching Republicans, Democrats are headed for their own civil war

Nancy Pelosi survived her leadership election and will continue to lead House Democrats in the next Congress. But the fact that she received a credible challenge, who was supported by one-third of her members, is yet another sign that the times have changed for the Democratic Party.

For the last eight years, Democrats have enjoyed watching the greatest show on Earth: the Republican Civil War. Democrats could grab a bowl of popcorn, sit back, and watch the Republicans eat themselves alive in primaries.

Gubernatorial Losers Descend on Next Congress
Up to six new House Members previously lost a race for governor

Getting to know your new classmates is always an awkward experience, but a handful of new House members will have at least one thing in common: losing a race for governor.

Two years ago, Democrat Anthony Brown lost the Maryland gubernatorial race to Republican Larry Hogan in an upset, 51 percent to 47 percent. But the former lieutenant governor rebounded to win a competitive Democratic primary this year in Maryland’s 4th District when Rep. Donna Edwards decided to run for the Senate. Brown cruised in the general election and will be coming to Congress next year.

Under Next Electoral Map, Trump Would Still Have Won
Trump would gain 2 electoral votes under likely new map next census

Population trends are working against the Republican Party — at least that’s what we’ve been told.

But a combination of the 2016 presidential results and early looks at reapportionment after the 2020 census shows that the short-term changes may not be as dramatic as once believed.

Senate Landscape: Never Too Early to Look at 2018
Tension between Trump’s strong performance and traditional midterm losses

All of the votes haven’t even been counted in the 2016 elections, but it’s not too early to look ahead to 2018.

When Orientation Is a ‘Miserable Experience’
Down, but not officially out, Mike Feeley came to orientation and dreaded every moment

It might sound like fun for Republican Scott Jones and Democrat Doug Applegate to come to Washington and attend new member orientation even though they are trailing in their respective California congressional races.

But one Colorado Democrat still remembers being in that same situation over a dozen years ago, and it wasn’t good.

Opinion: Does the Country Even Want to Come Together?
President-elect Trump tasked with unifying people who don't want to be together

In the wake of elections, there’s a common refrain and an implicit mandate: “come together.” But unity might not just only be impossible under the circumstances, I’m not convinced most Americans even want it.

“I say it is time for us to come together as one united people,” President-elect Donald Trump said in his election night victory speech.

2016 Election Night Viewer Guide
Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy night

Stock up on sleep and buy a case of Mountain Dew, because we could be in for a long election night.

As the most fascinating, frustrating, and even gut-wrenching election cycle comes to a close, a long, drawn-out conclusion seems like a fitting end.

Ratings Change: Obama State Shifts to Trump
Iowa shifts from Tossup to Tilts Republican

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to have a narrow but distinct advantage over Donald J. Trump in the presidential race, but one state that President Barack Obama won twice looks to have slipped away from the Democrat’s reach.

Obama won Iowa twice with little fanfare, but Trump is well-positioned to win the Hawkeye State’s six electoral votes on Tuesday. The final pre-election poll by Iowa-based Selzer & Co., conducted Nov. 1-4, showed Trump with a 46-39 percent lead. Other private polling confirms the Republican’s advantage.

Ratings Change: 9 House Races Shift in Final Days
As Trump closes in on Clinton, some Democratic House targets fade away

A Democratic majority in the House has always been a stretch. But now that Donald Trump is closing in on Hillary Clinton at the top of the ticket, Democratic hopes of making Nancy Pelosi speaker of the House once again have all but evaporated.

There is no question House Republicans have vulnerabilities and will lose seats, they just won’t lose the 30 that Democrats need for a majority, even with Trump’s volatility at the top of the ticket.

Ep. 29: How GOP Election Losses Could Imperil House Speaker Ryan
The Big Story
Democrats are poised to pick up House seats. If GOP losses are particularly heavy, then Republicans are likely to blame Speaker Paul Ryan, say CQ Roll Call’s Elections Editor Nathan L. Gonzales and reporter Lindsey McPherson. ...
Ratings Change: 7 House Races Shift Toward Democrats
But one change toward Republicans isn’t particularly good news for majority chances

When nearly 90 percent of the batch of House ratings changes are in your favor, it’s normally great news. But with a limited House playing field, Democrats need to win virtually all of the competitive seats, and some initial takeover targets look like they are slipping out of reach.

In the most recent set of ratings changes by The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call, seven races shift toward the Democrats. Takeover prospects improved in a couple of California districts (the 10th and 49th), a couple of districts with weakened GOP incumbents (Florida’s 7th and New Jersey’s 5th), and two suburban districts (Kansas’ 3rd and Pennsylvania’s 8th).

Presidential Ratings Change: More States Shift Toward Clinton
Florida and North Carolina are no longer Tossup states

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s lead over Republican rival Donald Trump in national polls has varied from a little to a lot over the course of the campaign. But the Democratic nominee's advantage in the Electoral College has been consistent, and it continues to grow with two weeks before Election Day.

According to The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call ratings, Clinton has had more than the 270 electoral votes necessary to win since before the general election officially began.

2 Weeks To Go: Senate Majority Control Still on the Line

Elections Editor Nathan L. Gonzales looks at the final two weeks before Election Day 2016 as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton widens her path to victory with two shifting race ratings. And find out how Republican Donald Trump’s campaign is effecting the GOP’s desire to maintain control of the Senate and House....
Ratings Change: 5 House Races Shift Toward Democrats
But Democrats are still waiting for wave required to win majority

The good news for Republicans is that the bottom hasn’t fallen out from underneath their down-ballot candidates. The bad news is that there are still nearly three weeks left before Election Day, and 24 hours in each day for Donald Trump to torpedo the party’s chances of holding the House.

District-level polling after the release of the 2005 “Access Hollywood” video and the second debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton showed some vulnerability for Republicans, particularly in suburban districts. But we didn’t see a widespread cratering of GOP candidates in the competitive districts or evidence that the number of competitive seats is increasing dramatically.

Ratings Change: 2 More States Solid for Clinton
Virginia and Colorado look out of reach for Trump

Supporters of Donald Trump might take solace in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, which showed him trailing Hillary Clinton by 4 points. But Trump’s path to victory in the Electoral College is an increasingly narrow one.

At the beginning of the election cycle, any GOP presidential nominee likely needed to win Ohio, Florida, Colorado, and Virginia to get more than 270 electoral votes. 

Ratings Change: Two More Senate Races Move to Tossup
Missouri, Indiana are two of six states that will decide Senate control

With three weeks to go before Election Day, the fight for control of the Senate is coming down to six states hosting very close contests.

New Hampshire, Nevada, and Pennsylvania have been tossup races for months and are now joined by Missouri and Indiana. Republican Sen. Richard M. Burr’s re-election race in North Carolina is rated as Tilts Republican for now, but may end up in the same category.

Opinion: It’s Time for Newspapers to Stop Endorsing Candidates
Taking sides only decreases public trust

Just when editorial boards are coming off the sidelines to endorse in the presidential race, it’s time to do just the opposite.

After 34 years of not endorsing a presidential candidate, USA Today published “Trump is ‘unfit for the presidency’” on Sept. 30. It’s the first time the paper has taken stand in a presidential election. Foreign Policy magazine hadn’t backed a candidate in nearly 50 years, but the editorial board recently endorsed Hillary Clinton. The Chicago Tribune editorial board chose a different path by supporting Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson.

4 Weeks To Go: Top Senate Challengers and Vulnerable House Incumbents

After a controversial weekend for the Trump campaign, Roll Call Elections Editor Nathan L. Gonzales says the effects of the presidential race on down-ballot campaigns is yet to be determined. He talks with politics reporters Alex Roarty and Simone Pathé on the top Senate challenger at this point and the Read more...
Ep. 25: How Republicans Can Lose the Senate
The Week Ahead

Get an insider’s take on the cliffhanger battles in the six states that will determine control of the Senate with Roll Call’s Nathan Gonzales and representatives from two of the largest Republican and Democratic Super PACs. Ian Prior from Senate Leadership Fund and Shripal Shah from Senate Majority PAC take us behind-the-scenes in the Super PAC world and discuss their ad strategy.