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Hey, Big Spender: Incumbents’ Strategy Differs

Nathan L. Gonzales August 2, 2008 · 12:05 AM EDT

In a year when many GOP incumbents are considered vulnerable, there appear to be two classes of Republicans emerging when it comes to campaign cash: those who spent money early and forfeited their cash advantage and those who maintain their advantage by either saving their money or raising enough…

Illinois 6: Roskam’s Poll Shows Him in Strong Position

Nathan L. Gonzales August 1, 2008 · 11:48 AM EDT

Freshman Rep. Peter Roskam (R) is in strong position for the fall, despite trying to win reelection in Sen. Barack Obama’s (D) back yard, according to a poll just released by his campaign.

According to a July 20-22 survey by Public Opinion Strategies for the congressman’s campaign, Roskam leads…

Top Spending House Candidates Meet Mixed Fate

Nathan L. Gonzales August 1, 2008 · 12:05 AM EDT

Spending the most money in a race doesn’t guarantee you a seat in Congress.

In California’s 4th district, former Rep. Doug Ose (R) spent $6.9 million, making him the top spending House candidate this cycle to date, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Ose lost in the June Republican…

How Long Are the House Democrats’ Really Long Shots?

Stuart Rothenberg July 31, 2008 · 12:05 AM EDT

Everyone knows about the 40 to 50 GOP House seats at risk this cycle. But what about those lower-tier contests that some consultants and bloggers are pushing?

What about such Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee “emerging races” as the one in Texas’ 7th district, where Michael Skelly (D)…

2008 Senate Ratings

July 30, 2008 · 11:20 AM EDT

Here are our latest Senate ratings.



Likely Takeover (1 R, 0 D)
  • VA Open (Warner, R)
Lean Takeover (2 R, 0 D)

  • NM Open (Domenici, R)
  • Sununu (R-NH)
Toss-Up (3 R, 1 D)
  • CO Open (Allard, R)
  • Coleman (R-MN)
  • Stevens (R-AK)
  • Landrieu (D-LA)

TimKaine.com Owned by Conservative Activist

Nathan L. Gonzales July 30, 2008 · 12:06 AM EDT

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D) brings a number of attractive qualities to the ticket as vice president, but Sen. Barack Obama’s tech savvy campaign team will have to work to rescue a valuable URL if Kaine is chosen as the senator’s running mate.

Right now, visitors to TimKaine.com are…

Female Members Growing Their Families and Parties

Nathan L. Gonzales July 30, 2008 · 12:05 AM EDT

Last spring, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) became the first serving Member of Congress to give birth in more than a decade. Now, Congress is going through a mini baby boom.

South Dakota Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D), and her husband, former Texas Rep. Max Sandlin (D), announced…

2008 House Ratings

July 29, 2008 · 12:05 AM EDT

Here are our latest House ratings. Any seats not listed are currently considered to be at limited risk for the incumbent party. For our race-by-race analysis, you must subscribe to the print edition of the Report.

# = Moved benefiting Democrats
* = Moved benefiting Republicans
^ = Newly…

Can Obama Close the Deal? McCain May Yet Have a Say

Stuart Rothenberg July 28, 2008 · 12:05 AM EDT

The next 15 weeks in the 2008 presidential race will be primarily about whether American voters are comfortable with Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in the Oval Office. But that doesn’t let presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) off the hook completely. His message and…

Illinois Senate: Trying to Create Something Out of Nothing

Nathan L. Gonzales July 27, 2008 · 12:05 AM EDT

You can’t manufacture a competitive race with a poll and a press release.

It would be generous to call GOP nominee Steve Sauerberg a long shot against Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D) in Illinois. But you wouldn’t know it by the rhetoric coming from the Republican’s campaign.

“New Polling…