Senate News & Analysis

Group DeMint Founded Has No Plans to Replace the Departing Senator

Nathan L. Gonzales December 21, 2012 · 10:00 AM EDT

Sen. Jim DeMint’s Senate successor has already been announced, but the influential political action committee he founded has no plans to replace him.

The Senate Conservatives Fund helped vault the junior senator from South Carolina to the national stage when he founded it in 2008. But while DeMint’s…

Looking Back on 2012 Cycle’s Long and Winding Road

Stuart Rothenberg December 19, 2012 · 10:00 AM EDT

Wow, what a political cycle. It was filled with twists, turns and surprises.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the Iowa caucuses — until he didn’t (almost two weeks after the actual balloting, when former Sen. Rick Santorum was certified as the winner).

After finishing a distant…

South Carolina Senate: DeMint’s Surprise

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Jessica Taylor December 14, 2012 · 3:58 PM EDT

Establishment Republicans in Washington breathed a sigh of relief with the surprise announcement last week by South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint that he would resign at the beginning of the year to take the helm of the Heritage Foundation. 


But with GOP Gov. Nikki Haley set…

The Best and Worst of the 2012 Campaigns, Part II

Stuart Rothenberg December 14, 2012 · 11:30 AM EDT

My last column included awards for a number of 2012 campaign and candidate categories, including the luckiest candidate and the biggest upset. But those only scratched the surface in an election year during which candidate quality mattered a great deal. Part II of my guide of the best and…

Best and Worst Of the 2012 Campaigns: Part I

Stuart Rothenberg December 12, 2012 · 12:18 PM EDT

As another election year draws to a close, it’s time again for me to pick the cycle’s winners and losers, my most and least favorite candidates, and those who distinguished themselves by skill or by old-fashioned dumb luck.

After three successive partisan wave elections, the overarching takeaway from…

Handicapping 2014: A Pause Could Add Perspective

Stuart Rothenberg December 11, 2012 · 5:58 PM EDT

The tendency to begin analyzing the next election cycle even before the votes have been counted in the last one shows no indication of abating, unfortunately.

While I have chosen to defer a detailed, race-by-race look at the 2014 elections (both in this column and in my newsletter)…

DeMint Surprise Exit Sets Up S.C. Scramble

Jessica Taylor December 6, 2012 · 1:46 PM EDT

South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint’s shocking news on Thursday that he would step down from the Senate to lead The Heritage Foundation sets off an uncertain scramble in the Palmetto State for virtually all of the state’s top three offices in 2014.

With DeMint, a second-term senator…

For the Fiscal Cliff Talks, It’s Back to the Future Again

Stuart Rothenberg December 5, 2012 · 2:46 PM EDT

Anyone who hoped that Democrats and Republicans could find a quick way to avoid the upcoming fiscal cliff should by now know that we are heading for another of those buzzer-beater endings — if Congress and the White House beat the buzzer at all.

While President Barack Obama…

Dissecting the North Dakota Senate Race

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Nathan L. Gonzales November 30, 2012 · 3:00 PM EDT

Even as prospects for the majority faded away, Senate Republicans thought they could count on North Dakota. But Heidi Heitkamp ran a virtually flawless race, ran well ahead of President Barack Obama and won 50 percent to 49 percent to keep the open seat in Democratic hands.

After…

Supermajority Within Reach for Senate Democrats

Stuart Rothenberg November 30, 2012 · 11:42 AM EDT

Just two years ago, Republicans seemed likely to have a chance at 60 Senate seats following the 2014 elections. But things certainly changed after Democrats won 25 of the 33 seats up this year.

Instead, GOP strategists need to worry about whether Democrats will be in the position…