2008 House Ratings

June 20, 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.

  • AL 5 (Open; Cramer, D)
  • AK A-L (Young, R)

Vetoing the Vice Presidential Names: Let the Fight Begin

Stuart Rothenberg June 19, 2008 · 12:05 AM EDT

As the names of a seemingly endless number of would-be vice presidential running mates in both parties circulate this summer, the one thing you can be sure of is that there will be an increasing effort by groups to make certain some of those mentioned are not selected.

In a signed opinion piece…

NRSC Picks Independent Expenditure Director

Nathan L. Gonzales June 18, 2008 · 12:15 PM EDT

Faced with an extremely tough playing field and environment, the National Republican Senatorial Committee has designated Sam Van Voorhis to direct its independent expenditure effort this year.

Van Voorhis, a direct-mail consultant with NextWave Communications, will handle uncoordinated…

Blogs Gaining Credibility at Senate Committees

Nathan L. Gonzales June 17, 2008 · 12:05 AM EDT

When Charles Schumer (D) was elected to the New York State Assembly in the mid-1970s, some of his older colleagues were still getting used to the television technology, the Senator joked at a recent meeting with Roll Call reporters and editors. Now, the Empire State’s senior Senator counts blogs…

Why a McCain Win May Be Bad for GOP, Good for Democrats

Stuart Rothenberg June 16, 2008 · 12:05 AM EDT

Republicans and conservatives are rallying behind Sen. John McCain’s White House bid, but not because they are so enamored with him or his agenda. Instead, their loyalty is based on their perception that Illinois Sen. Barack Obama as president, particularly with large Democratic majorities in…

South Carolina: Former Bengals Coach Wins Primary

Nathan L. Gonzales June 14, 2008 · 12:05 AM EDT

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) cruised to renomination Tuesday, but the untold story in the Palmetto State’s primaries is how a former NFL coach took down an incumbent.

Former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Sam Wyche defeated incumbent Ben Trotter in the Republican primary for the Pickens County…

Minnesota 3: Toss-Up

Nathan L. Gonzales June 13, 2008 · 3:00 PM EDT

If you’re looking for a truly toss-up race in a swing district, look no further than Minnesota’s 3rd District.

The suburban Minneapolis district is precisely the type of territory and district that Democrats have experienced recent electoral success. And moderate Cong. Jim Ramstad’s (R)…

New Mexico Senate: Simply Enchanting

Nathan L. Gonzales June 13, 2008 · 3:00 PM EDT

New Mexico will be one of the top presidential battlegrounds this fall, and Republicans are keeping their fingers crossed that the state hosts a hot Senate race as well.

Democrats cleared the field for Cong. Tom Udall, and he starts the general election with a significant lead over Republican…

New Mexico Senate: Udall Launches Third TV Ad

Nathan L. Gonzales June 13, 2008 · 1:00 PM EDT

The Republicans just chose their Senate nominee in New Mexico, but Rep. Tom Udall (D) is on the air with his third television ad.

The Democratic nominee to replace retiring Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), Udall didn’t face primary opposition on June 3, but during the last three weeks of the…