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Stuart Rothenberg


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:

Why Is the Media Ignoring Hillary Clinton?

June 30, 2014

Iíve been deeply distressed by the lack of coverage of former Secretary of State Hillary Clintonís new book and of her potential 2016 presidential bid.

Beware 'Anti-Incumbent' Election Hysteria

June 24, 2014

The defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia is sure to lead to another round of speculation that the 2014 midterms might not produce a partisan-wave election, but rather one where large numbers of incumbents from both parties are sent packing by voters.

Should Republicans Think the Unthinkable About Iowa's 4th District?

June 17, 2014

When everyone else on the planet ó or at least in the nationís capital ó becomes consumed with something like a Virginia primary upset or a Clinton book launch, I often turn to focus on an obscure campaign or candidate instead. I figure there is already enough chatter about the popular stuff, and I can keep my sanity by focusing on minutiae.

Mark Pryor: Still This Cycle's Most Vulnerable Senator

June 9, 2014

More than a year ago, I called Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., this cycleís most vulnerable senator. That hasnít changed.

Thad Cochranís Mississippi

June 2, 2014

CLEVELAND, Miss. ó The rain pounded the Mississippi Delta for the better part of three days late last week, but the nasty weather and a hard-fought primary contest didnít stop Sen. Thad Cochran from attending the Delta Councilís annual event on May 30 on the Delta State University campus. The council is an economic development organization, started in 1935, that includes eighteen Delta and part-Delta counties in the state.

Can an Endorsement Hurt the Endorsed Candidate?

May 20, 2014

Longtime readers of my column know I have often been skeptical about endorsements in highly visible contests, whether for the White House or the Senate. But what about an endorsement in a U.S. House race or a House primary? And could an endorsement actually hurt the candidate endorsed?

The Long Lost Tale of Phil Maloof

May 19, 2014

Most readers know that Nathan Gonzales and I, along with our friends from Roll Call, interview at least 150 candidates for Congress every election cycle. I have been doing it for many years.

Ben Sasse, Mystery Man

May 14, 2014

I am not at all certain who or what Ben Sasse is. I interviewed him in February, and heard him speak to a large, sympathetic group not long after that. And, of course, Iíve seen him interviewed by others. But I still donít have a handle on what kind of senator he will be.

The New World of Election Coverage and Analysis: A Case Study

May 12, 2014

My new statistical model of the open Wisconsin Senate seat suggests that Democrats now have only a 54.496 percent chance of holding the seat. Thatís a dramatic change from just three weeks ago, when my model showed them with a 55.501 percent chance.

And the Winner of the GOPís Civil War Primary Is ...

May 6, 2014

Who is winning the primary campaign war within the GOP between pragmatic conservatives and the anti-establishment wing of the party?

Warning: Senate Races Aren't as Close as They Appear

April 29, 2014

Iíve noticed with some alarm how many people fail to make reasonable distinctions among races that admittedly have some factors in common.

Obama's Foreign Policy Impacts 2014 Elections ó Really

April 22, 2014

No, I am not going to try to make the case that foreign policy will be at the forefront of this yearís elections, or that international issues are a high priority for most Americans. They arenít.

Sebelius to the Senate? Maybe in the Land of Oz, But Not in Kansas

April 16, 2014

When I read todayís New York Times piece, ďSebelius Said to Weigh Run for Kansas Senate Seat,Ē I had two very different reactions.

How to Handicap a Campaign's Ground Game in 2014

April 15, 2014

This cycle, Democrats are counting heavily on registering new voters and turning out registered voters who otherwise donít bother to vote during midterm elections. Republicans are also putting more emphasis on voter contact programs.

Meet 3 Divergent House Candidates Worth Watching

April 8, 2014

While some observers of politics apparently are only interested in statistical models that predict electoral outcomes, I have always thought that candidates matter ó both during campaigns and, particularly, when the victorious arrive in Washington, D.C.

Senator Thad Cochran, Underdog?

April 1, 2014

Forget about Matt Bevinís challenge to Sen. Mitch McConnell in the Kentucky Republican primary or Milton Wolfís bid to knock off Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts in that stateís GOP contest. The Senate primary to watch is Mississippiís.

Democrats' Growing Problems With Independent Voters on the Senate Map

March 24, 2014

While the nationís (and news mediaís) focus on Malaysian Airlines flight 370 gave Democrats a couple of weeks to catch their collective breath, the 2014 election cycle continues to look increasingly dangerous for President Barack Obama and his party.

Another Cycle, Another Poll Memo About Floridaís 2nd District

March 17, 2014

Democratic memos about the partyís optimistic prospects in Floridaís 2nd district never die. They simply fade away until the next election cycle, when a new one miraculously surfaces.

Jolly Wins Special, Floridaís 13th Starts as Lean Republican for Midterm

March 11, 2014

Republican David Jolly eked out a narrow win over Democrat Alex Sink to keep the late congressman Bill Youngís seat in the GOP column. Polls had shown the race close, but most observers expected Sink, who lost the governorís race narrowly in 2010, to defeat Jolly by 2 or 3 points.

Why Polls Still Show Democrats With Higher Marks Than Republicans

March 10, 2014

Political brands are important. If a candidate or political party has a damaged political brand, itís harder for them to sell themselves to voters. But sometimes a pollís top lines can be deceiving, so you need to look a little below the surface to understand what is going on.

Bill Clinton's Real Impact on the Kentucky Senate Race

March 5, 2014

The national mediaís reaction to former President Bill Clintonís recent trip to Kentucky to boost the Senate candidacy of Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes was predictable.

There's No Good Time for the GOP on Immigration

Feb. 25, 2014

GOP leaders on Capitol Hill apparently have already decided to punt rather than push ahead with their own immigration proposal, but that hasnít stopped the chatter from the sidelines, especially from those who donít like the leadershipís decision.

How Jamestown Associates Adapted and Prospered

Feb. 20, 2014

You probably think the recent spat between the National Republican Senatorial Committee (and really the entire GOP establishment) and Jamestown Associates, a GOP consulting firm, is interesting because it reflects the fissure in the Republican Party. But after covering campaigns for decades, I think itís also a fascinating story of how a media firm has evolved and adapted to a changing political environment.

DCCC Is 2013 Fundraising Winner, but DNC Drops the Ball

Feb. 10, 2014

A look at the end-of-the-year financial reports of the two House campaign committees, two Senate campaign committees and two national party committees makes it pretty clear which ones have something to crow about and which have some explaining to do.

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