House News & Analysis

Fall Elections Shape Future Rosters

Nathan L. Gonzales July 1, 2012 · 11:00 AM EDT

Pulled muscles and back injuries are nothing compared to the devastation the fall elections could inflict on the rosters for the 2013 edition of the CQ Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

This year could be the final game for more than a dozen Members of Congress who face…

Congressional Democrats’ Pennsylvania Problem

Stuart Rothenberg June 29, 2012 · 3:48 PM EDT

As Democrats struggle to net 25 seats and win back the House majority in November, no single state reflects the party’s challenges more than Pennsylvania.

After all, Pennsylvania has gone Democratic in the past five presidential contests, and the apparent movement of the Philadelphia suburbs away from the…

House Battleground: Four Months To Go

Stuart Rothenberg June 29, 2012 · 12:10 AM EDT

While Democrats continue to insist that the House is “in play” in November, a dispassionate assessment of individual districts in all 50 states suggests Republicans remain solid favorites to retain control of the House in November’s elections.

The Democrats’ difficulties are magnified by President Obama’s growing problems, including…

2012 House Overview (June 29, 2012) Alabama-Florida

June 29, 2012 · 12:04 AM EDT

Alabama (6R, 1D)
A couple GOP primaries saw sparks but no fire, but that’s the most excitement Alabama will see this year.

Alaska (1R) August 28 primary.
Rep. Don Young (R) had $552,000 in the bank on March 31. No other candidate had more…

2012 House Overview (June 29, 2012) Georgia - New York

June 29, 2012 · 12:03 AM EDT

Georgia (8R, 5D – gaining 1 new seat) July 31 primary, August 21 runoff.
GA 9 (Open; new).
State Rep. Doug Collins and radio talk show host Martha Zoller are battling it out in the GOP primary for this new, safe GOP seat. Collins is expected to get…

2012 House Overview (June 29, 2012) North Carolina - Wyoming

June 29, 2012 · 12:02 AM EDT

North Carolina (6R, 7D) July 17 runoff.
NC 7 (McIntyre, D).
Democrat Mike McIntyre’s district became slightly more Republican in redistricting, even though a third of the district is new territory for him. But if only one endangered Tar Heel Democrat survives, it will be McIntyre. National Republicans…

Oklahoma House: Incumbent Sullivan’s Unexpected Loss

Nathan L. Gonzales June 27, 2012 · 11:57 AM EDT

In one of the most surprising outcomes of this election cycle, Rep. John Sullivan lost in the GOP primary in Oklahoma’s 1st District. Like his colleague in Ohio, Rep. Jean Schmidt, Sullivan didn’t take his primary race seriously enough from the beginning and, by the time he figured out…

Colorado 5: Lamborn Defeats Wealthy Challenger

Nathan L. Gonzales June 27, 2012 · 11:56 AM EDT

Every incumbent isn’t going to lose and the candidate that spends the most money doesn’t always win. Those are just two lessons learned from the Republican primary in Colorado’s 5th District, where Rep. Doug Lamborn defeated wealthy businessman Robert Blaha, 61 percent to 39 percent.

Early on primary…

South Carolina House: Rice Measures the Drapes

Jessica Taylor June 27, 2012 · 11:55 AM EDT

For a race that had plenty of twists and turns in its final month, the runoff in South Carolina’s new 7th District was almost anticlimactic. Horry County Council Chairman Tom Rice (R) and former Georgia state Rep. Gloria Tinubu (D) are now set to face off this fall, and…

Michigan: Big House Battles

Jessica Taylor June 15, 2012 · 11:59 AM EDT

   Michigan offers a little bit of everything this year: a competitive general election in the 1st District that is the type of seat Democrats need to play in to take back the House, a long-time GOP incumbent being challenged by an outsider, a competitive Democratic primary, a member…