Candidate Conversation - Randy Perkins (D)

April 22, 2016 · 2:56 PM EDT

Candidate for Florida’s 18th District

Interview Date: March 22, 2016
Date of Birth: Oct. 6, 1964; Miami, Fla. 
Education: Univ. of Miami (attended)
Political Office: None; First run for office
Current Outlook: Perkins is the likely Democratic nominee for a competitive seat left open by Democratic…

How Many Might Defect from Trump or Cruz?

Stuart Rothenberg April 22, 2016 · 8:30 AM EDT

There has been plenty of talk from the two leading Republican presidential contenders about how they will attract voters who didn’t embrace recent GOP nominees.

For Ted Cruz, his pool of new voters supposedly includes conservatives who didn’t bother to vote because they saw few differences between…

New Poll, New TV Ads in Indiana House Race

Nathan L. Gonzales April 21, 2016 · 11:00 AM EDT

Indiana’s presidential primary is poised to play a critical role in whether Donald Trump can secure a majority of delegates before the the Republican convention. But the Hoosier State is also hosting competitive primary races for the Senate and two open congressional seats on May 3.

As GOP Reps.…

Democrats Likely to Bank Trio of GOP House Seats

Nathan L. Gonzales April 18, 2016 · 11:59 AM EDT

Former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker has declined to run in Florida’s 13th District, closing the book on a Republican scenario to hold the seat. Baker's decision makes it all but certain that a third GOP-held district will go to Democrats this cycle.

The court-mandated redrawing of Florida’s…

2016 House Ratings (April 18, 2016)

April 18, 2016 · 11:58 AM EDT

Democrats Are Headed off Their Own Cliff

Stuart Rothenberg April 15, 2016 · 8:45 AM EDT

Political observers – yes, including myself – have argued for years that the Republican Party has moved too far right, allowing its most ideological elements to limit its legislative options, prevent it from addressing national problems, and damage its appeal to key swing and emerging voter groups.

Kentucky 1: Comer’s Comeback

Nathan L. Gonzales April 11, 2016 · 3:00 PM EDT

Former state Agriculture Commissioner Jamie Comer arguably finished less than 100 votes short of becoming the governor of Kentucky last year. But long-time GOP Rep. Ed Whitfield’s retirement in the 1st District opened up a prime opportunity for Comer to get to Congress.

Considering open seats…

Indiana Primaries Enter the Home Stretch

Nathan L. Gonzales April 11, 2016 · 2:59 PM EDT

Before Hoosiers get to the legendary Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend, Indiana Republicans will go to the polls on May 3 in critical primaries for president, U.S. Senate, and two open congressional seats. 

In the Republican presidential nominating contest this year, every delegate matters…

Georgia 3: Potential New Member Threatens to Shoot Police

Nathan L. Gonzales April 11, 2016 · 2:58 PM EDT

The House Republican Conference has its share of characters and bomb throwers who aren’t shy about making life difficult for Speaker Paul Ryan and GOP Leadership. But a potential new congressman from Georgia could bring an extra flavor to the Hill. 

State Sen. Mike Crane made news last week when…