Is John Kasich in the Top Tier in 2016?

Stuart Rothenberg May 4, 2015 · 10:49 AM EDT

“Perpetually in motion, Kasich is a whirlwind of restless energy and is sometimes criticized for being cocky,” reads the 1996 Politics in America profile of the then-Ohio congressman.

The 1992 edition of The Almanac of American Politics described John R. Kasich as “peppery and brash, spewing forth ideas, a fair percentage of which are good and some of which even get enacted into law.”

The 2000 edition of Politics in America declared the Ohio Republican “has zeal and vision, but he also tends to run late, thrash his arms and talk in sports metaphors.”

After nine terms in the House, during which he chaired the House Budget Committee and acted as a highly visible spokesman for balancing the budget, Kasich decided to run for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination. The results were, well, underwhelming.

He formed an exploratory committee in February 1999, emphasizing his support for tax cuts. Five months later, after raising little money and never getting enough traction to become a factor, Kasich dropped out of the race and endorsed Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

While a number of Republicans have signaled their interest in running for president in 2016, and some have taken concrete steps to position themselves for the race, Kasich, never before one to shy away from the media,…

What Kind of Senate Candidates Will Do Well in 2016?

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Stuart Rothenberg May 1, 2015 · 2:30 PM EDT

The list of likely 2016 Democratic Senate challengers to GOP incumbents is starting to gel, though it’s early enough in the cycle that things could change quite dramatically.

At this point, former Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania and former Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin appear headed for…

Texas 23: Hurd(ing) Voters

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Nathan L. Gonzales May 1, 2015 · 2:29 PM EDT

Over the last year, Will Hurd has gone from afterthought to GOP rising star. 

Last cycle, Republicans had their eye on a top recruit to knock off Democratic Rep. Pete Gallego in the competitive 23rd District of Texas. But when she declined to run, much of the enthusiasm in Washington about the…

Maine 2: Bruce Almighty?

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Nathan L. Gonzales May 1, 2015 · 2:28 PM EDT

To all aspiring candidates who have lost a race (or two), look no further than Bruce Poliquin for inspiration. 

The Maine Republican lost statewide races in 2010 and 2012 before getting elected to the 2nd District in 2014. Poliquin’s reward? A seat in Congress and a spot near the top of the…

Report Shorts (May 1, 2015) Indiana Governor, Oregon Governor, West Virginia Governor

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May 1, 2015 · 2:27 PM EDT

Indiana Governor. Instead of making news as a presidential candidate, GOP Gov. Mike Pence made national news for signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The subsequent media firestorm over the bill, which critics deemed as being anti-gay, not only put Pence on the defensive, but Democrats…