Ratings Change: Minnesota’s 2nd District

Nathan L. Gonzales May 19, 2016 · 2:57 PM EDT

Republican Rep. John Kline is retiring from his competitive, suburban district in Minnesota and expressed concern over the lack of quality GOP candidates to replace him. Those concerns are becoming reality as the seat continues to develop into a primary Democratic takeover opportunity. 

In 2014,…

Ratings Change: North Carolina Governor

May 19, 2016 · 2:56 PM EDT

Pat McCrory was the first Republican elected governor of North Carolina in over 20 years, so it’s no surprise that his re-election is challenging. But the governor looked like a narrow favorite this year until the nationwide controversy over House Bill 2: Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act. 

Kentucky 1: Comer Coming to Congress

Nathan L. Gonzales May 19, 2016 · 2:55 PM EDT

Secretary of Agriculture James Comer narrowly missed getting elected governor in 2015 but landed on his feet after winning the recent GOP primary in Kentucky’s 1st District, which is open because of GOP Rep. Ed Whitfield’s retirement. 

A year ago, Comer finished second in the GOP primary for…

Candidate Conversation - Shelli Yoder (D)

May 19, 2016 · 2:54 PM EDT

Nominee for Indiana’s 9th District

Interview Date: May 12, 2016

Date of Birth: Aug. 30, 1968; Shipshewana, Indiana

Education: Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. Fort Wayne (1991); Indiana Univ. (Master’s, 1996); Vanderbilt Univ. (M.Div. 2002); Hanover College (attended)

Political Office: Monroe County…

Candidate Conversation - Fred Costello (R)

May 19, 2016 · 2:53 PM EDT

Candidate for Florida’s 6th District

Interview Date: May 3, 2016

Date of Birth: Feb. 9, 1950; Orlando Florida

Education: Graceland Univ. (1970); Univ. of Florida Dental School (1974)

Political Office: State Representative; Mayor of Ormond Beach (former)

Current Outlook: Costello is a top…

Candidate Conversation - Drew Ferguson (R)

May 19, 2016 · 2:52 PM EDT

Candidate for Georgia’s 3rd District

Interview Date: May 3, 2016

Date of Birth: Nov. 15, 1966; Langdale, Ala.

Education: Univ. of Georgia (1988); Medical College of Georgia (1992)

Political Office: Mayor of West Point (former)

Current Outlook: Ferguson is a credible contender for the 3rd…

Candidate Conversation - Martin Babinec (I)

May 19, 2016 · 2:51 PM EDT

Candidate for New York’s 22nd District

Interview Date: May 11, 2016

Date of Birth: March 1, 1955; Little Falls, N.Y.

Education: Shippensburg Univ. (1977); Herkimer County Community College (A.A.)

Political Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Babinec is a wild card in a…