House News & Analysis

Both Parties Roll the Dice on Medicare Issue

Stuart Rothenberg September 12, 2012 · 11:28 AM EDT

Democrats started licking their chops moments after Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced that he had selected Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate.

Whether the reaction came from the national party's House and Senate campaign committees, President Barack Obama's re-election campaign or individual Democratic campaigns…

Nearly 99% of House Incumbents Won Their Primaries

Nathan L. Gonzales September 11, 2012 · 11:09 PM EDT

Congressional job approval isn’t even near 20 percent but nearly 99 percent of incumbents seeking re-election won their primaries this year.

Despite all the stories about a purported anti-incumbent wave in which voters would throw out sitting members of all shape, size and party, the phenomenon simply hasn’t…

Convention: Same Goal, Altered Path for Democrats

Nathan L. Gonzales September 6, 2012 · 11:46 AM EDT

Not long ago, Democrats had it all: the first African-American president sitting in the Oval Office, the first female Speaker of the House and even a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Four years later, the only remaining piece - the presidency - might be taken away from them.

Convention: North Carolina Democrats Deal with Republican-Dealt Hand in the House

Jessica Taylor September 4, 2012 · 5:27 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- North Carolina Democrats here in the Queen City have a common enemy-- their new congressional redistricting map that’s imperiled at least four Democratic-held districts this fall.

Democrats’ ire against the new lines was on full display at a delegation breakfast on Tuesday morning as the…

After Arizona Primaries, 9th District Rating Change

Nathan L. Gonzales August 29, 2012 · 6:14 PM EDT

Tuesday’s primaries in Arizona offered a little bit of everything, including a Member vs. Member race and what GOP strategists are calling “a gift.”

The 9th District is brand new, after the Grand Canyon State was awarded another seat in Congress through reapportionment, and its first general election…

Convention: To NRCC, Offense is the Best Defense

Jessica Taylor August 28, 2012 · 11:17 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. -- Republicans are defending their majority, but that’s not stopping them from playing offense and from trying to pin Democrats down and forcing them to defend some of their own districts.

GOP operatives are very bullish on their chances in several districts where Democrats survived tough…

Virginia 2: Roads to Power

Jessica Taylor August 24, 2012 · 3:00 PM EDT

There may be no more important battleground in the country for control of the presidency and the Senate than Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. And those two crucial fights are critical to making the only potentially competitive House race in the Old Dominion this year winnable for Democrats.


Ohio 14: Competitive Later, Rather Than Sooner

Nathan L. Gonzales August 24, 2012 · 2:59 PM EDT

Republican David Joyce couldn’t ask for a much easier path to Congress, but it won’t likely be this way forever.

Just three months before Election Day, nine-term Rep. Steve LaTourette (R) announced his retirement from Ohio’s 14th District. But the primary was five months ago, and, according to…

Massachusetts 6: Family Feud

Jessica Taylor August 24, 2012 · 2:57 PM EDT

The GOP could be seeing the re-emergence of the once-extinct breed of New England Republicans this fall, thanks to a series of mistakes from Democratic incumbents.

While Republicans have two good opportunities in unexpected seats in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, it’s the Bay State’s 6th District that Republicans…

Michigan 11: Christmas Miracle?

Jessica Taylor August 24, 2012 · 2:57 PM EDT

Christmas came early for Democrats in Michigan’s 11th District, while Republicans hope they don’t get a lump of coal as they try to hold onto this GOP seat that shouldn’t even be in play, if not for a series of unfortunate events.

Rep. Thad McCotter (R) always marched…