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Nathan L. Gonzales

Bio:

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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Stories by Nathan L. Gonzales:

One Reason Donald Trump Should Be President

Dec. 13, 2013

It’s not very challenging to write about the countless reasons why Donald Trump would not make a good president. But there is one thing the Donald does that might be useful in the Oval Office — he fires people.

Pryor Clings to Guns, Religion in Tough Re-Election Race

Dec. 9, 2013

It’s no secret that Mark Pryor is in a difficult race for a third term in Arkansas. The Democratic senator will likely face GOP Rep. Tom Cotton in a must-win race for Republicans, if they want to recapture the majority.

What Happened to the Campaign for Primary Accountability?

Dec. 5, 2013

Competitive primaries are raging, but one of the groups that received the most attention last cycle for ousting incumbents is still on the sidelines. So far this cycle, the Campaign for Primary Accountability is nowhere to be found.

The $2 Billion Campaign Against John Cornyn (Updated)

Dec. 4, 2013

Updated 4:38 p.m. | Democrat David Alameel announced recently his challenge to Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and the wealthy dentist said money won’t be a problem. I’m not so sure.

House Democrats' Not-So-Secret Weapon for 2014: Cash

Dec. 4, 2013

House Democrats are stockpiling cash, and some GOP strategists have expressed concern that Democrats could use their financial advantage to expand the playing field.

Open Your Mind to the Possibility of Another Midterm Mess for Democrats

Nov. 26, 2013

Democrats might want to consider opening their minds to the potential of another midterm nightmare.

The Most Competitive Race in West Virginia?

Nov. 21, 2013

Democrats recruited West Virginia State Auditor Glen Gainer to run in the 1st District in the aftermath of the government shutdown. But the party’s best opportunity in the state might be in the 2nd District, with a candidate that some national strategists were wary of earlier this year.

GOP Dusts Off Old Playbook Against Sink in Florida Special Election

Nov. 19, 2013

Next year’s special election in Florida’s 13th District is likely to be very competitive and expensive, but Republicans might be able to save some money on production costs by dusting off some old television ads and reusing them.

23 of 25 Vulnerable Democrats Vote in Favor of Upton Bill

Nov. 15, 2013

Virtually every House Democrat listed as vulnerable by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call voted for Republican Michigan Rep. Fred Upton’s Keep Your Health Plan Act.

Michigan Senate Seat No Longer Safe for Democrats

Nov. 14, 2013

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.

Ratings Change: Nebraska's 2nd District

Nov. 14, 2013

After seven unsuccessful attempts, Democrats believe 2014 will finally be the year they knock off Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb.

For Some Candidates, Home Is Where the Opportunity Is

Nov. 7, 2013

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.

New Jersey’s 3rd District Now Open, Now a Tossup

Nov. 6, 2013

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.

Ratings Change: Nevada Governor

Nov. 1, 2013

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.

The Most Vulnerable Governor in the Country

Nov. 1, 2013

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.

Ratings Change: New Hampshire Governor

Oct. 31, 2013

New Hampshire could have two competitive contests next year, but the gubernatorial race isn’t likely to be one of them.

Democrats Look for Mini-Wave in Arkansas in 2014

Oct. 21, 2013

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.

From Family Tragedy to Congress Is a Difficult Trail

Oct. 21, 2013

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.

With Real Candidate, Dem Chances Improve in Michigan’s 7th District

Oct. 17, 2013

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.

Can John Lewis Break Democrats’ Losing Streak in Montana?

Oct. 11, 2013

While Democrats have controlled both Montana Senate seats since Jon Tester’s initial victory in 2006, and the party has had no trouble winning the governorship, the state’s at-large House district has been much more elusive. John Lewis hopes to break the streak.

Race Ratings Change: Young’s Retirement Creates More Competitive Contest

Oct. 9, 2013

For those of us who follow congressional races for a living, Rep. C.W. Bill Young retirement rumors had become a running joke.

Pennsylvania House District Falls Out of Competitive Ranks for Now

Oct. 9, 2013

It only took three years for Pennsylvania’s 12th District to go from a safe Democratic seat to a safe Republican seat.

Walorski Looks Safer in Indiana House District

Oct. 8, 2013

In 2012, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won Indiana’s 2nd District with 56 percent as his party’s nominee for president. Republican Jackie Walorski won the 2nd District House race with 49 percent.

Race Ratings Change: GOP Chances Improve in California's 52nd

Oct. 7, 2013

There aren’t many congressional races where a challenger is running ahead of an incumbent in the polls more than a year and a half before Election Day, but that’s the situation in California’s 52nd District.

Republicans More Optimistic About New York’s 1st District

Oct. 4, 2013

Republicans don’t yet have the candidate they want in New York’s 1st District against Democratic Rep. Timothy H. Bishop. But a couple close contests and an ongoing investigation is giving the GOP hope of winning the seat next year.

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