Democrats Looking Beyond New York 11 Special Election

Nathan L. Gonzales January 28, 2015 · 10:51 AM EST

The date hasn’t even been set, but Republicans have all but won the special election in New York’s 11th District.

The Staten Island-based district has swung from being a top Democratic target in the midterms all the way across the competitive spectrum to Democrats punting the opportunity to win the seat in a special election.

Last cycle, GOP Rep. Michael G. Grimm won re-election by more than dozen points in the face of a 20-count indictment and millions of dollars of Democratic attack ads. After the election, Grimm pleaded guilty to one count of tax fraud and earlier this month resigned from Congress, setting up what looked like yet another competitive special election in the Empire State.

Democrats were preparing to nominate former Rep. Michael E. McMahon or Assemblyman Michael Cusick in order to put the seat into play and, at a minimum, lay the foundation for a full takeover push in the 2016 general election. But Cusick told the Staten Island Advance Sunday he is not running, and McMahon has dialed back his initial interest to nearly zero.

There were some rumblings a couple weeks ago that Democratic prospects in the special were waning anyway. Then a recent Democratic poll publicly poured a bucket of cold water on any near-term plans of taking the seat.

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2015-16 Gubernatorial Overview: Washington Gridlock Puts Governors in the Spotlight

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Nathan L. Gonzales January 23, 2015 · 1:35 PM EST

Congressional job approval is abysmal and faith in Washington’s ability to enact significant legislation isn’t much better. That’s why some party strategists are emphasizing the importance of governors and their ability to enact meaningful policies at the state level.

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2015-16 Gubernatorial Overview (January 23, 2015) Delaware - West Virginia

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January 23, 2015 · 1:34 PM EST

DELAWARE - Open; Jack Markell (D) term-limited. The race to replace Markell will get some attention, but not because Republicans have a chance of winning. Former state Attorney General Beau Biden (D), son of Vice President Joe Biden, is widely expected to run and become the next governor of The…

Pennsylvania 8: Democrats Looking Forward to Open Seat

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Nathan L. Gonzales January 23, 2015 · 1:32 PM EST

Politicians get criticized for violating vows of term limits, but GOP Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick is sticking to his pledge, even if it costs his party a seat. 

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Report Shorts (January 23, 2015) California Senate, Iowa Senate, Pennsylvania Senate

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January 23, 2015 · 1:31 PM EST

California Senate. Since our last issue, state Attorney General Kamala Harris (D) announced her candidacy in the race to replace retiring-Sen. Barbara Boxer (D). Harris won’t necessarily clear the field, but she is a top contender for the seat. On Thursday wealthy environmental activist Tom Steyer…