| Nov. 14, 2013, 4:43 p.m.
Republicans don’t need to win Michigan to get the majority in the Senate, but the Wolverine State could become a serious takeover target later next year.
| Nov. 14, 2013, 4:09 p.m.
After seven unsuccessful attempts, Democrats believe 2014 will finally be the year they knock off Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb.
| Nov. 13, 2013, 4:31 p.m.
No wonder some Democratic strategists are nervous about the next few weeks.
| Nov. 11, 2013, 1:11 p.m.
The dust has settled (mostly) from last week’s elections, so I thought it time to present a very different assessment of what happened in Virginia than the snapshot I’ve seen from others.
| Nov. 7, 2013, 12:53 p.m.
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.
| Nov. 7, 2013, 6:01 a.m.
We all know that candidates and members don’t have to live in a House district in order to run or even represent that area. And I’ve written about a number of top-tier Democratic hopefuls this cycle who don’t live in the district where they are campaigning.
| Nov. 6, 2013, 1:11 p.m.
Tuesday’s election results offer something for everyone.
| Nov. 6, 2013, 12:39 p.m.
GOP Rep. Jon Runyan’s retirement takes New Jersey’s 3rd District from the outskirts of the competitive race conversation to close to the epicenter.
| Nov. 5, 2013, 5:14 p.m.
I had to laugh when I saw the headline in the Nov. 4 paper edition of Politico: “Louisiana Key to GOP Senate Control.”
| Nov. 4, 2013, 5:12 p.m.
Retired Air Force Col. Martha McSally is personable and engaging, and her 2,454-vote loss to Democratic Rep. Ron Barber in Arizona’s 2nd District in 2012 demonstrates that she has appeal as a congressional candidate.
| Nov. 1, 2013, 11:01 a.m.
Sometimes political handicapping can be difficult — a life of agonizing over whether a race leans to one party or the other or is a genuine tossup. But there is one way to identify a “safe” race.
| Nov. 1, 2013, 6:01 a.m.
There is still a year until the midterm election, but Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is in very serious jeopardy of losing re-election in 2014.
| 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.