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Gubernatorial Races to Watch in 2016

Democrats in North Carolina are hoping McCrory has overplayed his hand. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images File Photo)

Despite Democrats' surprising victory last week in Louisiana — where state Rep. John Bel Edwards beat Republican Sen. David Vitter in the runoff –  they hold only 18 gubernatorial seats, compared to the 31 held by Republican governors.  

Next year, Democrats will defend eight seats, including ones in targeted U.S. Senate battle grounds such as Missouri and New Hampshire, while Republicans will defend four.  Missouri: With incumbent Democrat Jay Nixon on his way out,  Republicans believe one of their top pickup opportunities is in Missouri, where the chief executive's office has been held by Democrats for all but four of the past 22 years.  

Democrat Eyes Rematch in West Virginia's 2nd District

Casey, who lost by 3 points in 2014, may run again. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former West Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Nick Casey is considering challenging freshman Republican Rep. Alex Mooney, who narrowly beat him last year for the open seat long held by GOP Sen. Shelley Moore Capito.  

“Oh you never say 'never,'” Casey told CQ Roll Call when asked about his interest in the 2nd District seat.  

Election Eve Updates from The Rothenberg Political Report

With just hours before Election Day, the only question is how good of a night it will be for Republicans.  

In the Senate, the following states have been updated: Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky and West Virginia .  

Fight for Senate Control Down to Five States

With six weeks to go, the fight for control of the Senate is down to five states, four of them currently held by Democrats.  

Republicans must win only two of those contests to guarantee the 51 seats they need to control the Senate for the last two years of Barack Obama’s presidency. And they need to win only one of the Democratic states if they hold the only GOP seat at serious risk.  

Rothenberg: Senate GOP Gains At Least 7 Seats

Pryor is one incumbent in perilous position. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While the current Rothenberg Political Report ratings don’t show it, I am now expecting a substantial Republican Senate wave in November, with a net gain of at least seven seats.  

But I wouldn’t be shocked by a larger gain.  

Top 5 Races to Watch in the Mid-Atlantic

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s a bad sign for Democrats when they have more Mid-Atlantic congressional opportunities in West Virginia than in Pennsylvania.  

But that’s symbolic of the 2014 midterm election cycle in which numerous Democratic opportunities that look good on paper just haven’t materialized. Four out of five races have dropped off the regional Top 5 Races to Watch list since last summer .  

'Would You Rather?' House Race Edition

If running in the 11th District, would you rather be Grimm or from Brooklyn? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

In the game “Would You Rather?” one is usually faced with a choice between two difficult and undesirable options.  

“If you had a machete, would you rather amputate the feet of two friends or amputate one of your own feet?” asks the site YouRather.com. Or, “Would you rather spend a day with Justin Bieber or spend a day with Miley Cyrus?”  

West Virginia Newcomer Battles Carpetbagger Label

Mooney walks in the July Fourth parade. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

RIPLEY, W.Va. —  At the local Fourth of July parade, Alex Mooney proudly showed off his West Virginia concealed gun permit. The Republican's campaign colors are blue and gold — echoing the Mountain State’s flagship public college, West Virginia University. In a gold polo shirt, Mooney pointed to his son sporting a WVU baseball cap, standing near the campaign's pickup truck stuffed with gold balloons.  

In a place with a lot of Mountaineer pride, Mooney has outdone them all.  

Senate Hopefuls Work Parade Route in West Virginia

Miss WV Roadkill waves at fans at the Fourth of July parade. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

RIPLEY, W.Va. — The country's "largest small town Independence Day parade" had all the expected: beauty queens, sun-drenched crowds and political glad-handling.  

The hardest thing to find on this route? A West Virginian who plans to vote the straight party line this fall.  

How Parties Communicate Without Coordinating

Israel is the DCCC's chairman. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

Party campaign committees and outside groups aren’t allowed to coordinate, but as they outline their fall television ad strategies, interested groups are doing a very public dance to ensure they don’t step on each others' toes and waste money duplicating efforts.  

Now we have some specific examples of districts where this collaboration is taking place. As I wrote in April , releasing ad reservation plans is more than just getting a quick-hit story in a national publication.