November 14, 2014 · 10:47 AM EDT
After suffering heavy losses in the House and the Senate in the recent midterm elections, some congressional Democrats may breathe a sigh of relief now that President Barack Obama is entering his final two years in office.
But the approaching end of the Obama Administration doesn’t mean Obama…
November 13, 2014 · 4:26 PM EDT
Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu has already made it quite clear that she isn’t going to go quietly in her bid to win a fourth term in next month’s Dec. 6 runoff.
Her effort to brand Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy as “nearly incoherent” ranks up there with Kentucky Democrat Dan…
November 11, 2014 · 10:45 AM EDT
A month ago, I wrote about “6 Races Both Parties View Completely Differently.” These were a half-dozen contests where strategists generally disagreed on the shape and trajectory of the race.
Instead of averaging out the differing opinions and declaring the races too close to call, it was more…
November 7, 2014 · 1:08 PM EDT
Yes, that was a wave. A big one. In many respects, it was a wave that was larger and more damaging to Democrats than in 2010.
Republicans now have more House seats, more Senate seats and more governorships than they did after the humongous GOP wave of 2010. They now have the governors of…
November 6, 2014 · 4:20 PM EDT
There was a chance that the entire country would be spending the month of November focused on Louisiana as the Senate majority hinged on the fate of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in a December runoff. That scenario has evaporated, but is the race still worth watching?
Landrieu finished first on…
November 5, 2014 · 1:00 PM EDT
A week before the election, Stu waded into the discussion about what constitutes an electoral wave. One of his main points: “I know it when I see it.” Well, we saw it on Tuesday.
While Republicans gained more House and Senate seats than the most likely pre-election projections, it was the…
November 5, 2014 · 12:23 PM EDT
This column first appeared in Roll Call on Sept. 8, 2014.
While the current Rothenberg Political Report ratings don’t show it, I am now expecting a substantial Republican Senate wave in November, with a net gain of at least seven seats.
But I wouldn’t be shocked by a larger gain.
November 4, 2014 · 4:30 PM EDT
Here is an emerging surprise of the midterm elections: Republican candidates are more popular than Democratic candidates in top Senate contests.
It’s no secret the path to victory for Democrats in the Senate was to demonize GOP candidates in the eyes of voters who are dissatisfied with…
November 4, 2014 · 1:00 PM EDT
Almost two months ago, on September 8th, I wrote that while the Rothenberg Political Report ratings projected Republican Senate gains in the five to eight seat range, I was “expecting a substantial Republican Senate wave in November, with a net gain of at least seven seats.”
“But I wouldn’t be…