House News & Analysis

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…

The Country is More Divided Than You Think

Nathan L. Gonzales August 5, 2016 · 3:58 PM EDT

After two consecutive weeks of covering both party conventions, standing in both arenas and being on the floor for parts of all eight nights, I came away with at least one big takeaway: We live in a divided country—a very divided country. 

At first glance, this isn’t breaking news.…

Report Shorts (Georgia, Kansas, Michigan,Tennessee)

August 5, 2016 · 3:56 PM EDT

Georgia’s 3rd District. Dentist/West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson defeated state Sen. Mike Crane in the GOP runoff to replace retiring-Rep. Lynn Westmoreland. Ferguson will be a Member of Congress next year and seems unlikely to join the House Freedom Caucus. Crane was backed by the Club for Growth in the…

What I Learned Outside the Convention Bubble

Nathan L. Gonzales August 3, 2016 · 11:19 AM EDT

WYNNEWOOD, Pa. — Stephanie Peditto is a reminder that it’s good for reporters to venture outside the bubble because normal people don’t always follow the campaigns closely.  

After nearly two consecutive weeks of covering party conventions, it was time to take a break from the overwhelming world of…

2016 House Overview: Waiting for a Wave

Nathan L. Gonzales July 14, 2016 · 1:00 PM EDT

Donald Trump is supposed to be an anvil around the neck of Republican candidates down the ballot and around the country, but up to this point in the cycle, vulnerable GOP incumbents are holding their own. 

Democrats believe every Republican agrees with Trump and must publicly rebuke everything he has…

2016 House Overview (July 14, 2016) Alabama - Illinois

July 14, 2016 · 12:59 PM EDT

Alaska. Aug. 16 primary
At-Large District (Young, R). Democrats haven’t held the seat in over 40 years, but strategists think Don Young is vulnerable. Likely nominee Steve Lindbeck, the CEO of Alaska Public Media, and the state Democratic Party released a two-question poll conducted June 29-30 by PPP which…

2016 House Overview (July 14, 2016) Indiana - New Jersey

July 14, 2016 · 12:58 PM EDT

3rd District (Open; Stutzman, R). State Sen. Jim Banks, who also served in Afghanistan with the Navy Reserves, won the May GOP primary to replace Marlin Stutzman and will be a Member of Congress next year. He faces eight-time candidate/unemployed transient Tommy Schrader (D) in November.

9th District…

2016 House Overview (July 14, 2016) New Mexico - Wyoming

July 14, 2016 · 12:57 PM EDT

New York.
1st District (Zeldin, R). Former Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst won the June 28 Democratic primary by 319 votes and will face Lee Zeldin in the general election. Democrats are emboldened by the way Zeldin has embraced Trump and stumbled through a CNN interview where he called…