| Aug. 7, 2013, 12:09 p.m.
In politics, it’s often damned if you do, damned if you don’t, and Republicans and August recess is no different.
| Aug. 6, 2013, 10:36 a.m.
Ohio may not be a wasteland for competitive congressional races after all.
| Aug. 5, 2013, 2:11 p.m.
The 2014 primary season has begun with high-profile Democratic Senate primaries in Massachusetts and New Jersey. But they’re the tip of the iceberg in what promises to be a cycle of competitive, and possibly nasty, primaries in both parties.
| Aug. 5, 2013, 6:01 a.m.
Republican state Sen. Mimi Walters has a 94 percent lifetime rating with California’s anti-tax group, but that might not be enough for her to avoid a anti-tax primary challenger as she runs for Congress.
| Aug. 2, 2013, 2:33 p.m.
When Democrats float the idea of a Republican senator joining President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, it usually means they know they can’t defeat the incumbent in an election.
| July 30, 2013, 12:47 p.m.
It has been a bad couple of weeks for my people.
| July 29, 2013, 3:25 p.m.
Massachusetts Republican Richard Tisei married his longtime partner earlier this month in the aftermath of losing one of the closest congressional races in the country — and probably just a few months before he begins another House campaign.
| July 29, 2013, 2:01 p.m.
The recent entry of Michelle Nunn into the Georgia Senate race is good news for national and state Democrats who hope to swipe a normally Republican Senate seat in the Deep South.
| July 25, 2013, 6:02 a.m.
Ten years ago, the open-seat race in Maine’s 2nd District was one of the most competitive in the country. The seat is open again, but it may be further out of reach for Republicans this time.
| July 24, 2013, 1:49 p.m.
Former Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Ill., is going to put a Democratic gerrymander to the test.
| July 23, 2013, 6:01 a.m.
For decades, Portland, Maine, the state’s largest city (population 66,000), has been more liberal and more Democratic than the rest of the Pine Tree State. But it wasn’t always the magnet for foodies or the home of upscale boutiques that attract a more affluent crowd.
| July 22, 2013, 6:02 a.m.
As a political analyst, it’s easy to criticize candidates for not raising enough money. But it’s also easy to forget how hard it is to raise money. And it’s no wonder that most potential candidates pause before taking the plunge into a congressional race because of the burden of fundraising.
| July 19, 2013, 3:34 p.m.
The two House campaign chiefs faced off on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” this morning. But how close was their analysis of the House playing field to reality?
| July 15, 2013, 3:34 p.m.
Since Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., announced he would not seek re-election in late April, we have rated the Montana Senate race as a Pure Tossup — a reflection of our uncertainty about the Democratic candidacy of former Gov. Brian Schweitzer.
| July 15, 2013, 8:02 a.m.
There are many wide-open spaces but few competitive races in the Rocky Mountain West. Even though the important contests are few, they could be good indicators of which party has the upper hand next fall.
| July 14, 2013, 8:01 a.m.
Even in good Republican years, the West has proved to be something of a Democratic firewall. But in 2014, Republicans will likely need to win a big Senate race in Alaska to have any chance of flipping the chamber. And if the GOP were to suffer a three- or four-seat loss in California House seats, it might well put its control of the U.S. House in jeopardy.
| July 13, 2013, 8:02 a.m.
The battle for the Southwest boils down to two states: Arizona and Texas. And unless Republicans redraw the congressional map in the Lone State State once again — highly unlikely — there are not many competitive races.
| July 12, 2013, 11:01 a.m.
The Hawkeye State dominates the list of competitive races in the Plains. After the region hosted the high-profile North Dakota and Missouri Senate races in 2012, its trio of Senate races this cycle are likely to see action in the primaries — but not in November.
| July 11, 2013, 11:46 a.m.
This cycle, the South is dominated by competitive Senate races. That doesn’t mean there won’t be critical House races (including Florida’s 18th and 26th districts) or other interesting contests (such as the crowded Republican primary in Georgia).
| July 10, 2013, 3:31 p.m.
State Sen. Larry Rhoden’s formal entry today into the South Dakota GOP Senate race doesn’t fundamentally change the Republican contest. Former Gov. Mike Rounds remains the party’s favorite for the nomination and for the general election.