Democratic Governors Excited for Partnership With Obama

Nathan L. Gonzales December 8, 2008 · 10:05 PM EST

Democratic governors offered nearly universal praise for President-elect Barack Obama after their meeting last week. The feeling must be mutual as Obama continues to tap the gubernatorial ranks to fill out his Cabinet.

“I saw them taking notes,” Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) said about…

Corzine Sympathizes With Menendez’s DSCC Duties

Nathan L. Gonzales December 7, 2008 · 11:05 PM EST

Three years ago, New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D) appointed then-Rep. Bob Menendez (D) to his Senate seat after Corzine was elected governor of the Garden State. Now, Menendez is slated to further follow in Corzine’s footsteps, taking the helm at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which…

Minnesota Senate: Gregoire Offers Recount Advice to Franken

Nathan L. Gonzales December 4, 2008 · 11:05 PM EST

Al Franken certainly isn’t the first candidate to endure a long recount. Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) knows all about close races and recounts, and she recently offered her advice to the Democratic-Farmer-Labor nominee in the protracted Minnesota Senate race.

“I told him, don’t let…

New Hampshire Senate: The Polls Didn’t Lie

Nathan L. Gonzales December 3, 2008 · 11:05 PM EST

Even though New Hampshire Sen. John Sununu (R) trailed former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen (D) in the polls for almost two years, that didn’t stop some GOP operatives from maintaining a sliver of optimism about the race, even in the campaign’s final months.

But Republicans were too focused on the margin…

Can Anyone Bring America Together in an Era of Division?

Stuart Rothenberg December 2, 2008 · 11:05 PM EST

President-elect Barack Obama says he wants to bring America together. While that rallying cry sounds good to many people, it would require a Herculean task that may well be impossible.

We are currently in a media environment dominated by loud, often-nasty ideologues who care more about…

Maine Senate: Collins Demonstrated Widespread Appeal in Victory

Nathan L. Gonzales November 30, 2008 · 11:05 PM EST

Maine Sen. Susan Collins (R) was one of the few Republicans who looked increasingly solid as the campaign developed, rather than more vulnerable. Her 61 percent to 39 percent victory over Rep. Tom Allen (D) was impressive, but even that margin doesn’t paint the whole picture of how well she did —…

New Print Edition: Georgia Senate & Louisiana 4

November 25, 2008 · 12:29 AM EST

The November 24, 2008 print edition of the Rothenberg Political Report is on its way to subscribers. The print edition comes out every two weeks. Subscribers get in-depth analysis of the most competitive races in the country, as well as quarterly House and Senate ratings, and coverage of the…

New York Senate: GOP Would Have to Defy History to Take Seat

Nathan L. Gonzales November 24, 2008 · 11:05 PM EST

While Republicans might be dreaming of picking off Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s (D) Senate seat if she resigns to become the next secretary of State, history shows the odds of that happening are not on their side.

If Clinton steps down from the Senate, New York Gov. David Paterson (D) would…

Louisiana 4: Fight to the Finish

Nathan L. Gonzales November 24, 2008 · 2:01 PM EST

It’s a good thing that Louisiana voters are used to going to the polls in December. Even though the state junked the jungle primary for more traditional primaries, Hurricane Gustav pushed the races back a month. Now, voters will go to the polls in Northwest Louisiana’s 4th Congressional District…

Georgia Senate: Still On My Mind

Nathan L. Gonzales November 24, 2008 · 2:00 PM EST

It’s not over yet. The 2008 election continues with a runoff election in Georgia. And Democrats must defeat Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R) to have any chance of reaching the symbolic 60 seats in the Senate. But thanks to the ongoing recount in the Minnesota Senate race, the December 2 vote in the Peach…