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The Race Democrats Can't Afford to Lose

Its rare in politics that anything other than a presidential contest is viewed as a must win but the special election in Floridas 13th District falls into that category for Democrats.

Early TV Ads: Not New and Mostly a Waste of Money

By mid-December, more than $17.5 million had been spent on TV ads in just four Senate contests: in North Carolina ($8.3 million), Kentucky ($3.5 million), Arkansas ($3.4 million) and Louisiana ($2.3 million), according to a recent piece by Roll Calls Kyle Trygstad.

Is Arkansas Really the Land of Opportunity for Democrats?

When we think of political battlegrounds, states like Ohio and Florida come to mind. But every so often, a small state becomes a partisan political battleground.

Awards for the Best and Worst of Politics in 2013

Yes, folks, its time again for my end-of-the-year awards. Its been a weird year, but face it: Weird is the new normal in politics.

A Traditional Midterm Headache for Democrats

Democrats have had a nice run recently of interesting House recruits and new takeover opportunities resulting from open GOP seats. And yet, it probably wont matter.

Open Your Mind to the Possibility of Another Midterm Mess for Democrats

Democrats might want to consider opening their minds to the potential of another midterm nightmare.

If Linda Lingle Could, Why Can’t Wendy Davis?

As longtime readers of this column know, voters in one-party states sometimes elect the nominee of the wrong party as governor. Todays question is whether state Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat, has a fighting chance to win next years gubernatorial election in Texas, which remains a rock-solid Republican state.

The Most Competitive Race in West Virginia?

Democrats recruited West Virginia State Auditor Glen Gainer to run in the 1st District in the aftermath of the government shutdown. But the partys best opportunity in the state might be in the 2nd District, with a candidate that some national strategists were wary of earlier this year.

GOP Dusts Off Old Playbook Against Sink in Florida Special Election

Next years special election in Floridas 13th District is likely to be very competitive and expensive, but Republicans might be able to save some money on production costs by dusting off some old television ads and reusing them.

The Most Divided House District in New York

Last month I wrote about a handful of interesting Democratic House candidates I had recently interviewed, but I did not include Martha Robertson, who is challenging GOP Rep. Tom Reed in New Yorks 23rd District.

23 of 25 Vulnerable Democrats Vote in Favor of Upton Bill

Virtually every House Democrat listed as vulnerable by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call voted for Republican Michigan Rep. Fred Uptons Keep Your Health Plan Act.

Michigan Senate Seat No Longer Safe for Democrats

Republicans dont need to win Michigan to get the majority in the Senate, but the Wolverine State could become a serious takeover target later next year.

Ratings Change: Nebraska's 2nd District

After seven unsuccessful attempts, Democrats believe 2014 will finally be the year they knock off Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb.

A Critical Few Weeks for Democrats? It Could Get Worse

No wonder some Democratic strategists are nervous about the next few weeks.

Why Most Postmortems of Virginia's Gubernatorial Race Are Wrong

The dust has settled (mostly) from last weeks elections, so I thought it time to present a very different assessment of what happened in Virginia than the snapshot Ive seen from others.

Buyer Beware: There Are Polls, and Then There Are Polls

Given the success (note sarcasm) of some polls in the Virginia gubernatorial race Tuesday, it might be worthwhile to note the very divergent surveys in the Texas gubernatorial race.

For Some Candidates, Home Is Where the Opportunity Is

We all know that candidates and members dont have to live in a House district in order to run or even represent that area. And Ive written about a number of top-tier Democratic hopefuls this cycle who dont live in the district where they are campaigning.

Victory Is in the Eye of the Beholder in New Jersey, Virginia and Alabama

Tuesdays election results offer something for everyone.

New Jersey’s 3rd District Now Open, Now a Tossup

GOP Rep. Jon Runyans retirement takes New Jerseys 3rd District from the outskirts of the competitive race conversation to close to the epicenter.

Correcting the (Politico) Record on Louisiana

I had to laugh when I saw the headline in the Nov. 4 paper edition of Politico: Louisiana Key to GOP Senate Control.

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