When Serving Together in Congress is a Family Affair

Nathan L. Gonzales May 25, 2016 · 10:48 AM EDT

Democrat Loretta Sanchez is giving up her House seat and the opportunity to continue to serve with her sister in Congress to run for the Senate in California, while the Mooney brothers are hoping to become Congress’s latest pair of siblings.  

The Sanchezes (Loretta of the 46th District and Linda of the 38th) are currently the only siblings serving in Congress. Republican Rep. Alex Mooney was first elected in West Virginia’s 2nd District in 2014 and his brother, Pat, is running in Florida’s 6th District.

Alex Mooney was criticized in his 2014 race because he previously served in the Maryland legislature and was chairman of that state’s Republican Party yet he narrowly won the West Virginia seat , 47-44 percent. National Democrats are targeting the congressman for a takeover this year but their preferred candidate, attorney Cory Simpson , lost the May 10 Democratic primary, 29-26 percent, to former Delegate Mark Hunt .

Pat Mooney is a credible contender in Florida’s 6th District, which is open because GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis is running for the Senate.  

Alex Mooney was able to win a competitive Republican primary in 2014 , in part, because he was vir tually the only candidate who knew how to execute a credible campaign. He had experience running campaigns, albeit in another…

Comparing the GOP Divides, 1964 and 2016

Stuart Rothenberg May 24, 2016 · 9:00 AM EDT

With the GOP national convention still almost two months away and Donald Trump already wooing skeptical Republicans, it’s too early to know how divided the Republican Party will be in November. But minimizing that divide is critical to Trump’s prospects.

The party’s last serious fracture occurred…

Clinton Begins General Election With Advantage

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Nathan L. Gonzales May 19, 2016 · 3:00 PM EDT

Even though the general election presidential contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump hasn’t officially started, it’s impossible to label the race as a toss-up.

The path is challenging for any GOP nominee. Based on how the majority of states are likely to fall, the GOP nominee needs to…

Nebraska 2: Ashford Has Early Advantage Over Bacon

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Nathan L. Gonzales May 19, 2016 · 2:59 PM EDT

Democrats don’t have very many vulnerable House seats to defend, particularly with Donald Trump at the top of the GOP ticket, but Nebraska’s 2nd District is one of them. 

National Democrats spent over $400,000 trying to help the weakest Republican candidate win the GOP primary in order to boost…

North Carolina Primaries Could Impact Direction of GOP Caucus

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Nathan L. Gonzales May 19, 2016 · 2:58 PM EDT

Amidst all the turmoil of the GOP presidential race and Donald Trump’s surge to the nomination, no Republican incumbent has lost a primary. That streak will come to an end on June 7 in North Carolina but, ironically, it won’t even be the same day as the presidential primary.

The Tar Heel State…