Is 2008 a Realigning Election? Numbers Offer Some Clues

Stuart Rothenberg November 12, 2008 · 11:05 PM EST

The big question that everyone is asking is whether this month’s general election marked the beginning of a political realignment that will create a new dominant party. Have Americans shifted their loyalties and fundamental assumptions about the parties and about the government, or did we just…

Republicans, This Is the First Day of the Rest of Your Lives

Stuart Rothenberg November 10, 2008 · 11:05 PM EST

For members of the Grand Old Party, this is a day to celebrate. Your long national nightmare, otherwise known as the Bush administration, is over.

Of course, there will be plenty of hand-wringing, finger-pointing and even internecine warfare among party activists and their interest-group allies…

Governors Assemble as GOP Searches for Next Leaders

Nathan L. Gonzales November 8, 2008 · 11:05 PM EST

In the aftermath of a second consecutive drubbing at the polls, the Republican Party is in search of a leader. Politicians in Washington, D.C., aren’t particularly popular these days, so it’s only natural for the GOP to turn to its governors.

Conveniently, the Republican Governors Association…

From coast to coast, Democrats rule the day

Stuart Rothenberg November 7, 2008 · 1:32 PM EST

(CNN) — Illinois Sen. Barack Obama’s historic and convincing victory in the race for the White House wasn’t the only good news for Democrats on Tuesday.

In 2006, Democrats swept into the majority in both the House and Senate, riding on a wave of change. Two years later, Democrats continued the…

Stu Talks about the Election Results

November 5, 2008 · 11:45 AM EST

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The Fat Lady Sings and Democrats Are Preparing to Rejoice

Stuart Rothenberg November 3, 2008 · 11:15 PM EST

Although many in the media have acted as if the presidential contest were competitive, it’s been apparent for weeks that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has been headed for a clear win.

Call it a wave or a blood bath, as I did in this space almost a month ago, on Oct. 7 (“For Republicans, Another…

Election Night Viewer Guide

Nathan L. Gonzales November 3, 2008 · 11:10 PM EST

So many races, so little time. With the presidential race and more than 75 competitive races for the House and Senate, it can be a little overwhelming trying to follow them all. But the polls close early in the evening in a few key states, providing a window into what the rest of election night…

2008 Senate Outlook

November 2, 2008 · 11:06 PM EST

As the 2008 election cycle wanes, Democrats remain poised to make major gains in the Senate. As our chart indicates, seven GOP seats are likely to fall to Democrats, with an eighth, Minnesota, a toss-up. If Al Franken (D) ousts Sen. Norm Coleman (R) in the Gopher State, Democrats would need to…

2008 House Outlook

November 2, 2008 · 11:04 PM EST

As Election Day nears, we see no reason to veer from the view that we have held for months – that the 2008 House elections will give Democrats another big victory. Some Democratic challengers and open seat hopefuls already are over 50% in polling, but many are still in the mid-to-upper 40s. We…

2008 Presidential Outlook

November 2, 2008 · 11:02 PM EST

The race for the White House is all but over – and in our eyes only a dramatic last-minute could possibly change the expected outcome. Senator Barack Obama has more than the 270 electoral votes he needs to be elected President. Click here to get our presidential ratings.