| Oct. 31, 2013, 2:37 p.m.
New Hampshire could have two competitive contests next year, but the gubernatorial race isn’t likely to be one of them.
| Oct. 30, 2013, 4:30 p.m.
If you were a Democrat who thought the GOP was heading toward selecting a weak nominee incapable of beating Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., next year, would you tear down that damaged candidate, knowing that it might bring stronger hopefuls into the race? Or would you keep your mouth shut, so Republicans would nominate the sure loser?
| Oct. 28, 2013, 4:09 p.m.
In this political environment, not having an extensive legislative record can be an asset. Not surprisingly then, three of six Democratic House candidates I interviewed recently have never before sought elective office, and a fourth was elected as a judge, not a legislator. (I will discuss a seventh Democratic hopeful, Martha Robertson, in a separate column.)
| Oct. 22, 2013, 6:01 a.m.
A terrific post-shutdown “after action report” by Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies, who is one-half of the bipartisan polling team that conducts the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, includes one slide (No. 7) that I found particularly instructive.
| Oct. 21, 2013, 4:05 p.m.
So now we know.
| Oct. 21, 2013, 2:57 p.m.
Barack Obama received just 39 percent of the vote in Arkansas in the last presidential race, but that’s not stopping Democratic optimism in the Razorback State in 2014.
| Oct. 21, 2013, 1:17 p.m.
In 2007, William Petit survived a brutal home invasion in which his wife and two daughters were killed. Last year, Amar Kaleka’s father was killed in the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Now, both men are seriously considering running for office.
| Oct. 17, 2013, 11:26 a.m.
Democrats failed to get a top-tier candidate against Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., in 2012, and the congressman won re-election with 53 percent. This time around, Democrats are likely to nominate a spunky former legislator and make the 7th District a top target in 2014.
| Oct. 16, 2013, 4:23 p.m.
The deal to open the government and raise the debt ceiling may be done, but the damage to the national Republican Party is considerable.
| Oct. 11, 2013, 1:05 p.m.
Last week I observed that I hadn’t yet seen “compelling evidence” that a Democratic political wave could be developing. I can no longer say that after seeing the recently released NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
| Oct. 11, 2013, 4:01 a.m.
While Democrats have controlled both Montana Senate seats since Jon Tester’s initial victory in 2006, and the party has had no trouble winning the governorship, the state’s at-large House district has been much more elusive. John Lewis hopes to break the streak.
| Oct. 9, 2013, 1:29 p.m.
For those of us who follow congressional races for a living, Rep. C.W. Bill Young retirement rumors had become a running joke.
| Oct. 9, 2013, 6:02 a.m.
It only took three years for Pennsylvania’s 12th District to go from a safe Democratic seat to a safe Republican seat.
| Oct. 8, 2013, 6:02 a.m.
In 2012, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won Indiana’s 2nd District with 56 percent as his party’s nominee for president. Republican Jackie Walorski won the 2nd District House race with 49 percent.
| Oct. 7, 2013, 5:12 p.m.
On Sunday, a Huffington Post headline screamed what most Democrats were hoping: “GOP In Grave Danger Of Losing House In 2014, PPP Polls Show.” Of course, anything coming from Democratic pollster Public Policy Polling and MoveOn.org Political Action, which paid for the surveys, must be taken with at least a grain of salt.
| Oct. 7, 2013, 6:01 a.m.
There aren’t many congressional races where a challenger is running ahead of an incumbent in the polls more than a year and a half before Election Day, but that’s the situation in California’s 52nd District.
| Oct. 4, 2013, 5:01 a.m.
Republicans don’t yet have the candidate they want in New York’s 1st District against Democratic Rep. Timothy H. Bishop. But a couple close contests and an ongoing investigation is giving the GOP hope of winning the seat next year.
| Oct. 3, 2013, 12:44 p.m.
I’m not sure which is worse — a silly Steve Lonegan poll in the New Jersey Senate race or the way a handful of conservative “news” outlets treated it. They are both pretty terrible.
| Oct. 2, 2013, 6:21 p.m.
Gov. Chris Christie has had a significant advantage for months. But the Democratic lean of the Garden State, and the potential that his good standing would wane after Superstorm Sandy, gave us some pause in the certainty of the governor’s re-election.
| Oct. 2, 2013, 9:31 a.m.
Every four years, Ohio revels in the spotlight of the battle for the presidency. But, after the last round of redistricting, the Buckeye State is slipping further into irrelevance in the fight for the House.