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Stuart Rothenberg

Bio:

Stuart Rothenberg is editor and publisher of the Rothenberg Political Report, a nonpartisan, nonideological political newsletter covering U.S. House, Senate and gubernatorial campaigns. He is also a twice-a-week columnist for Roll Call. His column covers campaigns, elections, presidential politics and current political developments.

He holds a B.A. from Colby College (Waterville, Maine) and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Connecticut. He has taught at Bucknell University (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania) and at the Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.).

A frequent soundbite, Stu has appeared on Meet the Press, This Week, Face the Nation, the NewsHour, Nightline and many other television programs. He is often quoted in the nation's major media, and his op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and other newspapers.

Stu served during the 2008 and 2010 election cycles as an analyst for the NewsHour on PBS. During the 2006 cycle, he was a political analyst for CBS News. Prior to that, he was a political analyst for CNN for over a decade, including election nights from 1992 through 2004. He has also done on-air analysis for the Voice of America.

He is married, has two children and lives in Potomac, Md.

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Stories by Stuart Rothenberg:

Ryan Is Damned if He Does, and Damned if He Doesn’t

Oct. 15, 2015

I no longer underestimate Paul D. Ryan.

Why Republicans Need to Nominate Ted Cruz

Oct. 13, 2015

It is increasingly apparent the GOP needs to nominate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for president next year.

Why I Keep Forgetting About John Kasich

Oct. 7, 2015

The Republican contest for president probably will boil down to a fight between a pragmatic conservative, such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush or Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and either an uncompromising conservative, such as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, or an outsider, like Ben Carson.

Early Iowa Presidential Polls a Better Predictor Than National Ones

Oct. 6, 2015

Last month, national polls by CNN/ORC, Fox News and NBC News/Wall Street Journal got plenty of attention, and they certainly helped readers and viewers understand what is going on in the Republican and Democratic presidential contests.

Young, Ambitious and Wealthy Isn't Enough in Arkansas

Sept. 21, 2015

Former U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge announced on Sept. 9 he will seek the Arkansas Democratic Senate nomination and the right to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. John Boozman in 2016.

And the News Gets Worse for Clinton

Sept. 14, 2015

Compared to the Republican race for president, the Democratic contest looks almost normal.

A Significant Reassessment of the GOP Race

Sept. 9, 2015

Republican front-runner Donald Trump isn’t going away anytime soon, I now believe.

Does David Vitter Have Something to Worry About?

Sept. 1, 2015

Two-term Republican Sen. David Vitter started his bid for Louisiana governor as a solid, if not prohibitive, favorite. But Pelican State watchers believe that Vitter’s prospects look less certain now than they did six months ago.

Missing the Boat on the Big Political News

Aug. 24, 2015

On Aug. 21, I did something — twice — that I rarely do. I tweeted. But it wasn’t about Donald Trump’s poll numbers or Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails. It was about the stock market’s plunge.

One Last Hurrah for Joe Biden?

Aug. 4, 2015

The news that Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is giving serious consideration to running for president spread like wildfire over the weekend.

Chris Christie’s Conundrum

July 28, 2015

On first glance, Christie’s bio and profile should make him a top-tier hopeful for the 2016 Republican nomination. But he isn’t — at least not right now. In this case, timing is everything.

President-Elect Donald Trump Announces First Cabinet Picks

July 23, 2015

Nov. 9, 2016, ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — President-elect Donald Trump announced his first cabinet selections last night, minutes after the major networks projected him as the winner in Tuesday’s election.

The Politics of Identity Politics

July 21, 2015

“I’m tired of hyphenated Americans,” complains Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in “We’re All Americans,” a television spot aired by Believe Again, the super PAC supporting the presidential hopeful’s bid.

Who Will Benefit From the Issues Mix in 2016?

July 13, 2015

Every election is different, but they almost always come down to one question: What is the election about?

Bernie Sanders: The Latest Version of Howard Dean

July 8, 2015

Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders’ poll numbers in New Hampshire have reporters taking notice and progressive Democrats excited: Bernie is surging!

The Donald Trump Impact: Not so Inevitable After All

July 6, 2015

I was surprised by the near unanimity over the weekend about the impact of the Donald Trump comments about Mexican immigrants. Almost every disinterested political observer agreed Trump’s typically over-the-top remarks were certain to hurt GOP prospects in the 2016 presidential election.

When the Second Time Isn’t the Charm

June 30, 2015

I feel bad for Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and Rick Perry. They are presidential retreads at a moment when anything that is more than an hour or two old is passé.

The Iowa Straw Poll: Put a Stake Through Its Heart

June 16, 2015

The Iowa Straw Poll is dead for 2015. Let’s hope it doesn’t resurrect its ugly head for the 2020 cycle and beyond.

Roll Call at the Big 6-0

June 16, 2015

During my 23 years at Roll Call (my first column was published on June 11, 1992), I’ve seen many changes at the newspaper. It has been forced to evolve because journalism has changed more radically than any of us could have imagined.

Can Marco Rubio Save the GOP in 2016? (Video)

June 8, 2015

The Republican presidential field looks unusually diverse this cycle — an African-American (Ben Carson), an Indian-American (Bobby Jindal), a woman (Carly Fiorina) and a Hispanic, or, if you prefer, a Cuban (Marco Rubio). One candidate is married to a Hispanic originally from Mexico (Jeb Bush).

Party's History of Establishment Picks Could Be Over (Video)

June 2, 2015

Battles for the Republican presidential nomination almost always come down to two alternatives — an establishment-backed candidate with pragmatic instincts and an insurgent (often significantly more conservative) who tries to appeal to constituencies that feel ignored.

How to Fix an Unfair Presidential Debate System

May 26, 2015

Fox News and CNN, which will broadcast the first two GOP presidential debates, have decided on a system for excluding candidates that could result in Donald Trump participating in those debates but current or former senators and governors being excluded.

Can Republicans Repeat an Upset in Colorado?

May 18, 2015

The May 5 email I received from Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet’s campaign committee opened with: “Larry Sabato in Politico: COLORADO IS ONE OF ONLY SEVEN 2016 TOSS-UPS. Colorado will decide the 2016 election!”

Why It's a Mistake to Dismiss Bobby Jindal

May 12, 2015

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is a bit of a conundrum.

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