Mississippi 1: Something Special

Nathan L. Gonzales May 2, 2008 · 3:00 PM EDT

It won’t be easy for Republicans to explain away a loss in Mississippi’s 1st District. But they might want to start working on their excuses now.

Two months ago, Republicans lost former House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s seat in Illinois, but blamed the special election loss on a flawed nominee.…

New York 13: Fosella’s DUI

May 2, 2008 · 3:00 PM EDT

Cong. Vito Fosella, the only Republican left from the five boroughs of New York City, was cited by police in Northern Virginia for driving under the influence of alcohol. Democrats have been targeting the Staten Island GOPer, with attorney Steve Harrison and Brooklyn Councilman Domenic Recchia…

Oregon Senate: Tight Democratic Primary

May 2, 2008 · 3:00 PM EDT

State House Speaker Jeff Merkley remains locked in a tight battle with Democratic consultant Steve Novick in the May 20 Democratic primary for the right to face Sen. Gordon Smith (R) in the general election. Merkley is the establishment candidate and favorite of Democratic insiders. A recent…

Nevada 3: Daskas Out

May 2, 2008 · 3:00 PM EDT

Democratic Congressional hopeful/Clark County prosecutor Robert Daskas, who was promoted by Democratic strategists as a highly recruited challenger to Cong. Jon Porter (R), has dropped his bid for Congress. Democrats immediately turned to former state Senate majority leader Dina Titus, who lost…

New York 26: Lewis’ Exit Leaves Lee and Bellavia for GOP

May 2, 2008 · 3:00 PM EDT

Talking Phone Book president Rick Lewis (R) dropped out of the race on Thursday, leaving businessman Chris Lee and Iraq War veteran David Bellavia in the GOP field. It’s still unclear whether the Erie County establishment is ready to get behind Lee, but either way, the seat being left vacant by…

Illinois 11: Baldermann out, Ozinga In

May 2, 2008 · 3:00 PM EDT

Local Republicans selected wealthy businessman Martin Ozinga III to replace Tim Baldermann on the ballot in the district left open by the retirement of Cong. Jerry Weller (R). The action was necessary after nominee Tim Baldermann dropped out of the race. Ozinga, who raised $446,035 in April,…

Pennsylvania 3: Dahlkemper Wins Primary

May 2, 2008 · 3:00 PM EDT

Political neophyte Kathy Dahlkemper won the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania’s 3rd District, which includes Erie County and much of northwest Pennsylvania. The pro-life/anti-death penalty Democrat is the director of the Lake Erie Arboretum. The presence of Independent candidate Steve Porter in…

For McCain, There’s Only One Perfect Candidate for Veep

Stuart Rothenberg May 1, 2008 · 12:05 AM EDT

We all hear the same names mentioned as prospective running mates for John McCain: former Office of Management and Budget Director and one-time U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and even former…

2008 Gubernatorial Ratings

April 29, 2008 · 12:05 AM EDT

Here are our latest gubernatorial ratings. Democrats currently hold 28 governorships compared to 22 for the Republicans.

TOSS-UP (1 R, 0 D)
  • MO Open (Blunt, R)
  • Daniels (R-IN)
  • Gregoire (D-WA)

Forget Expectations — Now Delegates Are What Really Matters

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

So, the Democratic race continues.

Despite of all of the truly silly spin about how much ground Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) made up in the Keystone State and all of the bashing of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) for remaining in the race (especially by one rather loud TV host on one of the…