Are Republicans Ready to Mount a Comeback in the Northeast?

Stuart Rothenberg February 25, 2009 · 11:05 PM EST

It’s so widely accepted as a truth that the Republican Party is clinically dead in the Northeast that no warnings to the contrary would even get a second look. But like so many other sweeping generalizations with more than a grain of truth, the death of the GOP in the Mid-Atlantic and New England…

February 20, 2009 House Ratings

February 20, 2009 · 12:00 PM EST

February 20, 2009 House Overview

Stuart Rothenberg February 20, 2009 · 12:00 PM EST

The 2010 election cycle begins at such an unusual time in American history that it’s hard to know where to begin.

The nation is in a deep recession, created by a housing and financial meltdown. Congress just passed a huge spending package, and more spending by the federal government – whether…

Direct Mail Not Dead Yet

Nathan L. Gonzales February 19, 2009 · 11:05 PM EST

In the modern age of texts and Tweets, it’s not sexy to talk about direct mail.

The latest issue of Fast Company magazine named Barack Obama’s presidential campaign the world’s most innovative company, topping Google, Facebook, Amazon and everyone else.

“The team has become the envy of…

Optimism About Obama Is the Only Optimism Out There

Stuart Rothenberg February 18, 2009 · 11:05 PM EST

Often, when a new president or a new political party takes control of government, an uptick in public sentiment follows.

So it shouldn’t be surprising that there is some evidence of a small spike in optimism about President Barack Obama and the future. What’s stunning, however, is the growing…

First Impressions of the ’10 Candidates Making the Rounds

Stuart Rothenberg February 15, 2009 · 11:05 PM EST

One election cycle blurs into the next one, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that last month I interviewed four candidates who are considering running in 2010.

Republican Adam Kinzinger is looking at Illinois’ 11th district, a seat won in November by freshman Rep. Debbie Halvorson…

Former Top DCCC Operative Moves to Polling Firm

Nathan L. Gonzales February 14, 2009 · 11:05 PM EST

After being a key player in House Democrats’ 50-seat gain over the last two election cycles, Jon Vogel is moving to the consulting world. The former top Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee aide is now a partner with the polling firm Global Strategy Group.

Vogel began last cycle as the…

2010 Senate Ratings

February 12, 2009 · 10:05 PM EST

Here are our latest Senate ratings, reflecting Judd Gregg's (R) recent decision to take himself out of consideration for Obama's cabinet as well as his decision not to seek reelection. The race remains a Toss-Up.

Lean Takeover (0 R, 0 D)

Toss-Up (5 R, 0 D)
  • Bunning (R-KY)
  • FL Open…

This Can’t Be What Obama, Pelosi and Reid Expected

Stuart Rothenberg February 11, 2009 · 11:05 PM EST

Either Congressional Democrats went from undeniably brilliant to unbelievably inept in just a few weeks, or being in the majority in Congress isn’t nearly as easy as being the opposition.

Those seem to be the two obvious alternatives that follow from the problems Democrats have had selling an…

New Hampshire Senate: Did Republicans Get Rolled in the Granite State?

Stuart Rothenberg February 8, 2009 · 11:05 PM EST

Initial reports that Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) would be appointed Commerce secretary were invariably followed with a caveat that Gov. John Lynch (D) had agreed to appoint another Republican to fill the vacancy, thereby maintaining the current Senate balance of power and denying Senate Democrats a…