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Nathan L. Gonzales


Nathan L. Gonzales is Editor & Publisher of The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report, a non-partisan newsletter covering U.S. House, Senate and gubernatorial campaigns and Presidential politics. He was an editor, analyst, and writer for The Rothenberg Political Report for more than 13 years before taking over the newsletter in 2015.

Nathan is also Founder and Publisher of PoliticsinStereo.com, which features state-based political news from the Left, the Right and non-partisan sources.

Since 2002, Nathan has worked as an off-air consultant for ABC NEWS on their Election Night Decision Desk. Previously, he worked for CNN.com and as associate producer for CNN’s Capital Gang. Nathan has appeared on NBC's Meet the Press and NBC Nightly News, the Newshour on PBS, C-SPAN's Washington Journal, CNN, and Fox News Channel, and he has been quoted in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. His work has also appeared on FiveThirtyEight, WashingtonPost.com, NBCLatino.com and in Campaigns & Elections magazine.

Nathan grew up in Oregon, earned his M.A. from the George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management (Washington, DC) and his B.A. from Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, California). He first came to Washington, D.C. as an intern in the White House Press Office and now lives in the city with his wife and three children.

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Stories by Nathan L. Gonzales:

Ribble Retirement Creates Vulnerable GOP Open Seat

Feb. 1, 2016

Three-term Wisconsin Rep. Reid Ribble’s retirement leaves Republicans with yet another competitive open seat to defend.

Ratings Changes in 5 House Races

Jan. 27, 2016

While voters in Iowa and New Hampshire are poised to kick off the presidential primaries, the national House landscape continues to take shape.

Politicians Who Cry Wolf in Fundraising Emails

Jan. 26, 2016

Fundraising emails are mind-numbing. The sheer volume (both in quantity and apocalyptic language) has a way of desensitizing potential donors and reporters alike. But some pleas for money go beyond exaggerating.

NRSC Names Huey IE Director

Jan. 25, 2016

NRSC Senior Advisor Daniel Huey will be the committee’s independent expenditure director for the 2016 cycle. The committee also picked Chelsea Hawker as deputy director for the IE.

Rigell Retirement Shifts Seat Out of Safe for GOP

Jan. 14, 2016

Rigell was a talented candidate with strong ties to the business community through his car dealerships and connection to the African-American community through black pastors and churches. The population of the 2nd District is about 22 percent black and 7 percent Hispanic.

Beshear Looks Back, Forward on Kentucky's Political Landscape

Jan. 14, 2016

In 2014, Steve Beshear sat in the first lady’s box during the State of the Union as President Barack Obama applauded the Democratic governor’s work on health care in Kentucky. Just two years later, Beshear is out of office and feuding with his Republican successor, who vowed to undo his work.

NRCC Names Furst Johnson IE Director

Jan. 11, 2016

National Republican Congressional Committee Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel Jessica Furst Johnson will be the committee’s Independent Expenditure Director for the 2016 cycle.

Obama’s Empty Campaign Threat on Gun Control

Jan. 8, 2016

In the heat of his push for more gun control, President Barack Obama threatened to withhold support from anyone, including Democrats, who didn’t support “common-sense” changes. But based on the political realities of this cycle, his comments aren’t likely to dramatically impact Senate races.

Steve Israel Retirement Sets Up GOP Takeover Opportunity

Jan. 6, 2016

Former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel spent years defending competitive open seats, but now his retirement leaves one behind.

Ted Cruz Might Not Need Trump Supporters

Jan. 5, 2016

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is poised to absorb Donald Trump’s supporters when the billionaire exits the race for the GOP presidential nomination, according to one of the campaign’s most common narratives. But how many Trump supporters are open to supporting another candidate?

Top Races in 2016: The West

Jan. 4, 2016

This is the eighth in a series looking at the most competitive House and Senate races in 2016. The West region covers Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

Top Races in 2016: The Southwest

Jan. 4, 2016

This is the sixth in a series of looks at the most competitive House and Senate races in 2016. The Southwest region covers Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Top Races in 2016: Mountain Region

Jan. 4, 2016

This is the seventh in a series looking at the most competitive House and Senate races in 2016. The Mountain Region covers Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.

Top Races in 2016: The Plains States

Jan. 1, 2016

This is the fifth in a series of regional looks at the most competitive House and Senate races in 2016. The Plains Region covers Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Top Races in 2016: The Midwest

Dec. 31, 2015

This is the fourth in a series of eight regional looks at the most competitive House and Senate races for 2016. The Midwest Region covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Top Races in 2016: The South

Dec. 30, 2015

Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of looks at the most competitive House and Senate races in the 2016 election cycle.

Top Races in 2016: Mid-Atlantic States

Dec. 29, 2015

This is the second in a series of regional looks at the most competitive House and Senate races to watch in 2016.

Top Races in 2016: New England

Dec. 28, 2015

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of regional looks at the most competitive House and Senate races to watch in 2016.

Is Stutzman Still the Club for Growth’s Guy?

Dec. 23, 2015

The Club for Growth endorsed GOP Rep. Marlin Stutzman in the Indiana Senate race this summer, but the congressman was a glaring omission from the anti-tax group’s end-of-the-year fundraising email.

Virginia's Robert Hurt To Retire After Three Terms

Dec. 22, 2015

Updated 11:30 a.m. December 23 | After representing Virginia’s 5th District for just three terms, GOP Rep. Robert Hurt will retire at the end of this term, he announced Wednesday.

Democrats Moving on from Top Recruit in Competitive District

Dec. 20, 2015

Democrats have had their eyes on Pennsylvania’s 6th District for over a decade, but haven’t been able to crack the code to win the seat.

Hanna Retirement Puts Seat At Risk for Republicans

Dec. 20, 2015

Moderate Republican Rep. Richard Hanna of New York plans to announce his retirement, leaving a competitive open seat for Republicans to defend.

Why House Races Still Matter (Even in Safe Districts)

Dec. 17, 2015

The media is laser focused on Donald Trump and the presidential race and any scraps of attention are given to the fight for the Senate majority, while House races are deemed irrelevant.

Hispanic Voters Only One Problem for GOP

Dec. 9, 2015

Republicans’ decline with Hispanic voters over the past two presidential races is undeniable and improvement with the growing demographic is an imperative to improve the party’s White House prospects. But a new interactive tool helps demonstrate that the GOP’s Electoral College challenge goes well beyond the party’s problem with Latino voters.

An Independent Candidacy Would Make Trump the Biggest Loser

Dec. 9, 2015

An independent presidential run by Donald Trump would sink Republican chances of winning the White House, but Trump would be the biggest loser. And if there is one thing Trump can’t afford or stomach, it’s losing.

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