November 25, 2014 · 11:06 AM EDT
Congress is filled with a bunch of losers, but not exactly in the way you’re thinking.
In the wake of the elections, it’s easy to second-guess losing candidates and their campaigns, and to discount their chances of ever winning a seat in Congress. But at least 27 incoming House members have electoral losses on their records — more than 40 percent of the new class — and many of them lost contests for the same seat they will represent in the 114th Congress.
When handicapping future success, the circumstances surrounding each loss and the fresh dynamics of the new race are often more important than the loss itself. In some cases, incumbents retire or the political environment changes to boost a previous loser to victory. Or a candidate moves on to bolster their résumé and returns to the campaign trail with more success.
Here are 27 losers coming into the next Congress:
- Democrat Pete Aguilar was elected to California’s 31st District. He failed to finish in the top two in the 2012 primary in the same district, but came back to win the open seat this cycle.
- Democrat Brad Ashford was elected to Nebraska’s 2nd District. He lost in the Republican primary in 1994 in the same district.
- Republican Rick Allen was elected to Georgia’s 12th District. He lost in the…
November 21, 2014 · 3:31 PM EDT
It seems like historic elections are the norm lately. As many Americans continue to feel uncertain about the economy and jaded about politicians, the electoral environment continues to be volatile. In this month’s midterm elections, much of the frustration was taken out on President Barack Obama…
November 21, 2014 · 3:30 PM EDT
Not so long ago, it looked as if the entire political world would descend on Louisiana for the state’s December 6 runoff because the Senate majority hinged on the outcome of that contest. But that scenario was washed away by strong Republican gains earlier this month. Still, the trio of runoff…
November 19, 2014 · 1:38 PM EDT
You could feel it from Day One of this cycle. Senate Democratic strategists knew they were smarter than their Republican adversaries. They’d out-think them and out-work them.
Incumbent Democratic senators who run good campaigns rarely lose, I was reminded. Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, who had…
November 18, 2014 · 11:04 AM EDT
There’s plenty of discussion about the difference between midterm and presidential electorates, but there is one emerging constant: the white evangelical vote.
At least one interest group, Ralph Reed’s Faith & Freedom Coalition, claimed that conservative Christians played a “decisive role” in…