House News & Analysis

GOP House Majority Still Solid…For Now

Nathan L. Gonzales September 30, 2016 · 3:29 PM EDT

Anytime a party nominates a candidate for president as unpredictable as Donald Trump, down-ballot candidates have reason to be concerned. But with five weeks before Election Day, most congressional Republicans are in surprisingly strong position for re-election, particularly with the volatility of the presidential race.

Democrats are demanding patience, based…

Candidate Conversation - Stephanie Murphy (D)

Nathan L. Gonzales September 30, 2016 · 3:24 PM EDT

Candidate for Florida’s 7th District

Interview Date: Sept. 23, 2016

Date of Birth: Sept. 16, 1978; Saigon, Vietnam

Education: College of William & Mary (2000); Georgetown Univ., (Master’s 2004)

Political Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Murphy is the Democratic nominee in an emerging race against GOP Rep.…

Candidate Conversation - Mike Gallagher (R)

Nathan L. Gonzales September 30, 2016 · 3:23 PM EDT

Candidate for Wisconsin’s 8th District

Interview Date: Sept. 21, 2016

Date of Birth: March 3, 1984; Green Bay, Wis.

Education: Princeton Univ. (2006); Georgetown (Ph.D)

Political Office: None; First run for office

Current Outlook: Gallagher is the GOP nominee in a competitive open seat because of Republican Rep. Reid Ribble’s…

Maine 2: The Land of Second Chances?

Simone Pathé September 16, 2016 · 3:58 PM EDT

Republicans hold just two House seats in New England: New Hampshire’s 1st District, which Frank Guinta’s Tuesday primary victory imperils for the GOP, and Maine’s 2nd District, a rural, blue-collar area long represented by a Blue Dog Democrat. 

GOP Rep. Bruce Poliquin narrowly won Maine’s northern district in 2014…

Democrats Believe House Prospects Will Dramatically Improve

Nathan L. Gonzales September 16, 2016 · 3:57 PM EDT

In spite of Donald Trump closing the gap with Hillary Clinton and GOP prospects for holding the Senate improving, House Democrats believe we are on the eve of the fight for the House turning dramatically in their favor. 

Democratic strategists don’t believe Republican incumbents and challengers are strong enough…

Candidate Conversation - Brady Walkinshaw (D)

September 16, 2016 · 3:56 PM EDT

Candidate for Washington’s 7th District

Interview Date: Sept. 12, 2016

Date of Birth: April 26, 1984; Minneapolis, Minn.

Education: Princeton Univ. (2006)

Political Office: State Representative

Current Outlook: Walkinshaw is locked in a competitive race for retiring-Rep. Jim McDermott’s liberal seat in Seattle. Because of Washington’s Top Two primary…

House Still Waiting for Its Moment in the Spotlight

Nathan L. Gonzales September 2, 2016 · 2:57 PM EDT

While the vast majority of the media coverage focuses on the presidential race and any scraps are left for the fight for the Senate, it’s important to not lose sight of the House.

Democrats are still unlikely to gain the 30 seats they need for control, but it’s unwise…

New Hampshire 1: Guinta Struggles to Reach Rematch

Simone Pathé August 19, 2016 · 2:58 PM EDT

It’s deja vu again in New Hampshire’s 1st District, where GOP Rep. Frank Guinta is up for re-election and former Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter is once again hoping to reclaim her old seat. But this year, there’s a twist.

Guinta first has to survive a competitive primary. Trouble with the…

House Democrats Wait for Weight of Trump

Nathan L. Gonzales August 19, 2016 · 2:57 PM EDT

You won’t hear Democratic strategists utter the “m” word but, deep-down inside, some of them believe the House majority is still within reach.

Right now, there aren’t enough districts in play for Democrats to win the majority and the polling in many of the competitive districts isn’t great for Democratic…

The Most Important Question to Ask Trump Defectors

Nathan L. Gonzales August 12, 2016 · 1:28 PM EDT

“Quitting the Republican Party” is the easiest way to make the news these days, but the stories about Donald Trump defectors don’t go far enough to understand the potential impact on the November elections.

Conservative columnist George Will revealed in late June that he had changed his voter registration to…