House News & Analysis

Texas 23: Hurd(ing) Voters

Nathan L. Gonzales May 1, 2015 · 2:29 PM EDT

Over the last year, Will Hurd has gone from afterthought to GOP rising star. 

Last cycle, Republicans had their eye on a top recruit to knock off Democratic Rep. Pete Gallego in the competitive 23rd District of Texas. But when she declined to run, much of the enthusiasm in…

Maine 2: Bruce Almighty?

Nathan L. Gonzales May 1, 2015 · 2:28 PM EDT

To all aspiring candidates who have lost a race (or two), look no further than Bruce Poliquin for inspiration. 

The Maine Republican lost statewide races in 2010 and 2012 before getting elected to the 2nd District in 2014. Poliquin’s reward? A seat in Congress and a spot near the…

‘Big Money’ and the 2016 Elections

Stuart Rothenberg April 24, 2015 · 9:54 AM EDT

Reporters love to write about money in politics, so I shouldn’t have been at all surprised by an April 20 Washington Post article suggesting campaign finance is becoming an issue in the presidential contest.

But a front-page story above the fold that relied on a couple of anecdotes…

2016 House Overview: Democrats Begin Long Road Back to Majority

Nathan L. Gonzales April 3, 2015 · 2:30 PM EDT

With an open presidential race and the Senate majority up for grabs, the fight for the House is certain to get pushed to the backburner. But if Democrats have hopes of being in the majority anytime in the next few years, they better start making a dent in the Republicans’…

2016 House Overview (April 3, 2015) Alabama - Illinois

April 3, 2015 · 2:29 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide a redistricting case by the end of June which could put take mapmaking authority from the nonpartisan commission into the hands of the GOP-controlled Legislature. Strategists on both sides of the aisle believe Republicans could redraw the lines to gain two more…

2016 House Overview (April 3, 2015) Indiana - New Jersey

April 3, 2015 · 2:28 PM EDT

1st District (Blum, R). Freshman Rod Blum is a Democratic target in a district that Obama won with a considerable 56 percent. Cedar Rapids City Councilwoman Monica Vernon is the early Democratic frontrunner. She was endorsed by EMILY’s List last week. You can read our full analysis of…

2016 House Overview (April 3, 2015) New Mexico - Wyoming

April 3, 2015 · 2:27 PM EDT

New Mexico
2nd District (Pearce, R). Democrats are back to taking the long view on this district. A couple years ago, strategists believed long-term growth in the Hispanic population would make Steve Pearce vulnerable. But their optimism accelerated when former Eddy County Commissioner Rocky Lara got into the race.…

Schilling Considering Special Election for Schock Seat

Nathan L. Gonzales March 24, 2015 · 1:07 PM EDT

Former Illinois Rep. Bobby Schilling hasn’t closed the door on running in the special election to replace embattled Republican Rep. Aaron Schock, according to a knowledgeable GOP source.

State Sen. Darin LaHood of Peoria is the early front-runner in the forthcoming Republican primary, but Schilling represented part of Illinois’…

Illinois 18: Who Will Replace Aaron Schock?

Nathan L. Gonzales March 20, 2015 · 2:30 PM EDT

GOP Rep. Aaron Schock endured weeks of bad headlines about alleged misuse of office and campaign funds, but few observers thought he would resign, at least so soon. 

While media coverage, including The Washington Post and USA Today, shed light on some of Schock’s spending habits, Politico’s story on the…

Looking for Retirements in All the Wrong Places

Nathan L. Gonzales March 20, 2015 · 2:29 PM EDT

Who’s going to retire? It’s usually one of the first questions at this early stage of the election cycle. The easiest thing to do is take a look at the House, pick out the oldest Members in the room, and put them on a retirement watch list. But it’s…