Candidate Conversation - Claudia Tenney (R)

May 5, 2016 · 9:55 AM EDT

Candidate for New York’s 22nd District

Interview Date: April 26, 2016

Date of Birth: Feb. 4, 1961; Utica, N.Y.

Education: Colgate Univ. (B.A. 1983)

Political Office: State Assembly

Current Outlook: Tenney is a top contender for the Republican nomination in the race to replace retiring-Rep.…

Candidate Conversation - Joe McDermott (D)

May 5, 2016 · 9:54 AM EDT

Candidate for Washington’s 7th District

Interview Date: April 21, 2016

Date of Birth: July 1, 1967; Seattle, Wash.

Education: Gonzaga Univ. (B.A. 1989); Univ. of Washington (M.P.P. 1997)

Political Office: King County Councilman; state Senate (former); state House (former) 

Current Outlook:

Candidate Conversation - Kathy Szeliga (R)

May 5, 2016 · 9:53 AM EDT

Nominee for Maryland Senate

Interview Date: April 12, 2016

Date of Birth: Oct. 10, 1961; Baltimore, Md.

Education: Towson State Univ. (1993)

Political Office: State Delegate

Current Outlook: Szeliga won the GOP nomination with 36 percent on April 26 against an underwhelming field of 13 other…

Senate Report Shorts (May 5, 2016) Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Pennsylvania

May 5, 2016 · 9:52 AM EDT

Indiana Senate. Rep. Todd Young won the GOP primary to replace retiring-Republican Sen. Dan Coats and is likely to move up to the Senate next year. Young, who was regarded as the mainstream conservative in the race, defeated fellow Rep. Marlin Stutzman, 67-33 percent. 

The Club for Growth endorsed…

Ryan Rides to the Rescue — But Not Until 2020

Stuart Rothenberg May 4, 2016 · 3:30 PM EDT

I recently asked a veteran Republican strategist how his party picks up the pieces after what now looks to be a very difficult 2016 election. His answer was quick and decisive: Paul Ryan.

If November’s elections are as messy for the GOP as they now appear, with Republicans failing once again to…

16 House Districts That Will Make (or Break) Democratic Majority

Nathan L. Gonzales May 4, 2016 · 10:35 AM EDT

As Democratic chances of taking back the House improve with Donald Trump at the top of the GOP ticket, Democratic party strategists are trying to figure out exactly how and where it’s going to happen. It’s not too difficult to see Democrats gaining 10, or even 20, seats in November, but gaining the…

NRCC Reserves Ad Time for Vulnerable Members

Nathan L. Gonzales May 2, 2016 · 9:39 AM EDT

Election Day is more than six months away, but the fight for the House is well underway as national Republicans start to reserve ad time to defend some of their most vulnerable districts.

According to two sources following House races, the National Republican Congressional Committee recently…

GOP’s Troubles Just Beginning

Stuart Rothenberg April 29, 2016 · 10:28 AM EDT

Both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have glaring weaknesses as presidential nominees, but that’s only the beginning of the GOP's problems. Just as important, the current mix of top issues is simply terrible for Republicans in general and conservatives in particular.

The country moved noticeably to the…

Opposition Research Comes Out of the Shadows

Nathan L. Gonzales April 24, 2016 · 9:00 AM EDT

If Republican Barbara Comstock ever wonders what attacks are coming her way later this year, the Virginia congresswoman can read the entire 535-page opposition research book on her life, which Democrats posted online.

Strategists at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee did not publish…