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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, 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 and as associate producer for CNNís Capital Gang.ŻNathan 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,, 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:

Time to Stop Reporting on Committee Fundraising Numbers

Nov. 23, 2015

Updated 4:40 p.m. | Political reporters have a fever and the only prescription appears to be fundraising numbers.

Imperfect Candidates Get Elected

Nov. 20, 2015

Updated: 12:50 p.m. | Every day thereís a new story exposing a candidate or a politician, and each misstep is portrayed as a disqualifier ó a mistake that will lead to the candidateís demise. It can be easy to forget that imperfect people get elected to office.

Outsider Bevin Hires Insider Chief of Staff

Nov. 12, 2015

Maybe Republican Matt Bevin isnít going to burn down Frankfort after all.

EMILY's List Support Isn't Early Enough for Senate Hopeful

Nov. 11, 2015

Pam Keith is a pro-choice Democratic woman running in one of the most competitive Senate races in the country, but the first-time candidate is having trouble getting EMILYís List interested in her candidacy in Florida.

Is Vitter on the Verge of Losing Everything?

Nov. 10, 2015

Louisiana isnít anywhere close to belonging on a list of swing states, yet Republican David Vitter is at risk of losing not only his gubernatorial race this month, but also his Senate seat next year.

Ratings Shift in Three Senate Races

Nov. 6, 2015

A year out from the 2016 elections, the playing field of competitive Senate races is still taking shape, with ratings changes in three contests.

Why Trump Would Get Out of the Race

Nov. 3, 2015

For Donald Trump and his brand, ďwinningĒ is of utmost importance. While his relentless talk about American exceptionalism is appealing to GOP primary voters, Trumpís personal success in life and his front-runner status in the Republican contest are other elements of the billionaire businessmanís appeal. Everybody likes a winner, after all, especially when that winner is sticking it to the establishment.

Donít Blame Gerrymandering for GOP Civil War

Oct. 28, 2015

Blame the earmark ban or Republican leaders. Blame Ted Cruz or even Justin Bieber. But donít blame gerrymandering for the fighting in the House.

Vitterís Primary Performance Prompts Rating Change in Louisiana

Oct. 26, 2015

Louisiana has transitioned to a Republican state, but GOP Sen. David Vitter will test the political gravity of the Pelican State in next monthís gubernatorial runoff.

Pelosi Sees a Wave; Strategists Say it's Just a Ripple Now

Oct. 22, 2015

House Democrats donít need to find themselves a cheerleader. They already have Nancy Pelosi.

John Boehner Shouldnít Pack His Bags Just Yet

Oct. 19, 2015

Updated 3:28 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner plans to leave Congress at the end of October, but Republican infighting threatens to keep him around longer, particularly if Wisconsin Rep. Paul D. Ryan declines a run to replace him.

Kentucky Governor Race Tilts Toward Democrats

Oct. 16, 2015

With just weeks to go before the Nov. 3 election, Democratic state Attorney General Jack Conway has a narrow advantage over Republican Matt Bevin in the Kentucky governor race.

Ratings Change in Two Minnesota House Districts

Oct. 13, 2015

Wealthy GOP businessman Stewart Mills officially announced his challenge to Democratic-Farmer-Labor Rep. Rick Nolan, setting up a rematch of their close race last cycle. In 2014, Nolan won 49 percent to 47 percent in an expensive contest.

State Senator Prepares GOP Primary Challenge to Shimkus

Oct. 5, 2015

State Sen. Kyle McCarter is poised to launch a primary challenge to GOP Sen. John Shimkus in Illinoisí 15th District later this week, according to GOP sources.

Hassanís Decision Changes Outlook in 2 New Hampshire Races

Oct. 5, 2015

After months of speculation, Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan announced her bid Monday to challenge GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire, setting up what should be one of the most competitive Senate races in the country.

Louisiana Governorís Race Less Certain for David Vitter

Oct. 2, 2015

For months, GOP Sen. David Vitter has been the front-runner in this yearís race to succeed term-limited governor/Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal.

Democratic Prospects Improve in 2 New York House Races

Oct. 2, 2015

If House Democrats want to get back to the majority, theyíre going to have to do better in New York.

Democrats Could Sink Lower in Statehouses in 2016

Oct. 1, 2015

With the tumultuous race for the White House and the Senate majority up for grabs, races for governor have been barely a sideshow this election cycle.

Benishek's District Competitive Before and After Retirement

Sept. 15, 2015

Democrats need Republican incumbents to retire from competitive districts in order to expand the playing field of competitive House races. But GOP Rep. Dan Benishekís decision not to run for re-election in Michigan barely moves the status quo of the House battlefield.

Indiana Reps Still Wrestling With Residency

Sept. 15, 2015

For some members of Congress with young families, getting elected is the easy part; deciding whether to move your family to Washington is more difficult.

More House Retirements Likely to Come

Sept. 11, 2015

After spending five weeks at home in their districts with their families, how many members got homesick and are set to retire?

Sources: Reichert Seriously Considering Washington Governor's Race

Sept. 2, 2015

Republican Rep. Dave Reichert is seriously considering a gubernatorial bid in Washington state, according to multiple GOP sources.

Parties Play Politics With FEC Complaints

Aug. 26, 2015

Ethics problems can be serious trouble for any politician, but party strategists often use Federal Election Committee complaints to play games with the opposition, because the allegation has a slim chance of being ruled on before Election Day.

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