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Nathan L. Gonzales

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Nathan L. Gonzales is political editor of The Rothenberg Political Report, a nonpartisan political newsletter covering U.S. House, Senate and gubernatorial campaigns, and presidential politics. He has been with the Report for over nine years and is also a contributing writer for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper.

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.”

His quotes have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and USA Today, as well as numerous state and regional newspapers all across the country. Nathan has also appeared on CNN, Fox News Channel, and other local network affiliates.

Nathan, an Oregon native, holds a M.A. from the George Washington University (Washington, D.C.), a B.A. from Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, Calif.), and has interned in the White House Press Office. He is married with two children and lives in Washington, D.C.

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4 More Things Losing Candidates Say (Readers' Edition)

Aug. 22, 2013

The response to ď6 Things Losing Candidates SayĒ has been unexpectedly overwhelming.

6 Things Losing Candidates Say

Aug. 22, 2013

Itís August of an odd-numbered year, but the 2014 cycle is heating up. That means dozens of candidates are visiting us at The Rothenberg Political Report and Roll Call in anticipation of the midterm elections.

3 Key Factors Each Party Is Banking On for a Senate Majority

Aug. 16, 2013

The Senate playing field is starting to solidify, and the fight for the majority looks like it will be decided in about a dozen states. But even though the fields of candidates are still taking shape in some of those contests, both Republicans and Democrats are banking on some macro-factors that will affect races at the micro-level.

Jimmy Eat World Mixing Music and Politics

Aug. 15, 2013

When Jimmy Eat World played at a rally for Democratic Senate nominee Richard Carmona last cycle, it was a collision of my two worlds.

RATINGS CHANGE: Montana Senate

Aug. 13, 2013

A month ago, Stuart Rothenberg made the case for why the Montana Senate seat remained a pure tossup. But now that former Gov. Brian Schweitzer is not running on the Democratic side, and Rep. Steve Daines is likely to run on the GOP side, Republicans should start this open seat race with a very narrow advantage.

4 Lessons From Amelia Bedeliaís Failed Run for Mayor

Aug. 9, 2013

Amelia Bedelia could hardly hold down a housekeeping job, but that didnít stop her from running for mayor.

Louisiana Congressman to Endorse Candidate for Alexander's Seat #LA05

Aug. 7, 2013

Fewer than 24 hours after Republican Rep. Rodney Alexander announced his retirement, state Sen. Neil Riser is set to pick up an endorsement from Rep. John Fleming, R-La.

Rodney Alexander Will Take Post in Jindal Administration

Aug. 7, 2013

Rep. Rodney Alexander isnít wasting any time leaving Congress. The Louisiana Republican is expected to be appointed to Gov. Bobby Jindalís cabinet at an event this afternoon.

Republicans Canít Win on August Recess

Aug. 7, 2013

In politics, itís often damned if you do, damned if you donít, and Republicans and August recess is no different.

RATINGS CHANGE: Ohioís 6th District

Aug. 6, 2013

Ohio may not be a wasteland for competitive congressional races after all.

When 94 Percent Isnít Pure Enough for Conservative Republicans

Aug. 5, 2013

Republican state Sen. Mimi Walters has a 94 percent lifetime rating with Californiaís anti-tax group, but that might not be enough for her to avoid a anti-tax primary challenger as she runs for Congress.

RATINGS CHANGE: Maine Senate

Aug. 2, 2013

When Democrats float the idea of a Republican senator joining President Barack Obamaís Cabinet, it usually means they know they canít defeat the incumbent in an election.

Former GOP House Candidate Marries Gay Partner

July 29, 2013

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 ó and probably just a few months before he begins another House campaign.

RATINGS CHANGE: Maineís 2nd District

July 25, 2013

Ten years ago, the open-seat race in Maineís 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.

RATINGS CHANGE: Illinoisí 17th District

July 24, 2013

Former Rep. Bobby Schilling, R-Ill., is going to put a Democratic gerrymander to the test.

Want to Run for Congress? Prepare to Ask People for Money 8 Hours a Day

July 22, 2013

As a political analyst, itís easy to criticize candidates for not raising enough money. But itís also easy to forget how hard it is to raise money. And itís no wonder that most potential candidates pause before taking the plunge into a congressional race because of the burden of fundraising.

Israel Vs. Walden Showdown on 'The Daily Rundown'

July 19, 2013

The two House campaign chiefs faced off on MSNBCís ďThe Daily RundownĒ this morning. But how close was their analysis of the House playing field to reality?

Top 5 Races to Watch in the Mountain Region

July 15, 2013

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.

Top 5 Races to Watch in the West

July 14, 2013

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.

Top 5 Races to Watch in the Southwest

July 13, 2013

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 ó highly unlikely ó there are not many competitive races.

Top 5 Races to Watch in the Plains States

July 12, 2013

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 ó but not in November.

Top 5 Races to Watch in the South

July 11, 2013

This cycle, the South is dominated by competitive Senate races. That doesnít mean there wonít be critical House races (including Floridaís 18th and 26th districts) or other interesting contests (such as the crowded Republican primary in Georgia).

RATINGS CHANGE: Maine Governor

July 10, 2013

Democratic Rep. Michael H. Michaudís decision to explore a gubernatorial bid in Maine is a good example of competing interests of campaign committees.

Top 5 Races to Watch in the Midwest

July 10, 2013

The Midwest has traditionally been the land of the House races. But the open Senate seat in Michigan is unlikely to become very competitive, and Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is closer to making his race a laughingstock than Republicans are to defeating him.

RATINGS CHANGE: Pennsylvania Governor

July 10, 2013

Itís not very often that the party out of power encourages the incumbent to seek re-election, but thatís the case in Pennsylvania.

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