House races

Rap and Upstate New York Roots Rankle Must-Win Race for Democrats
Democrat Antonio Delgado is taking on GOP Rep. John Faso

Democrat Antonio Delgado talks with supporters at the Cauliflower Festival in Margaretville, N.Y., on Sept. 22. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

BOVINA, N.Y. — The Democrats gathered outside the farmhouse knew exactly where Antonio Delgado was going with this. 

“Some of you might have heard of my career, at least one of my careers, after law school,” he said on a recent Saturday, drawing laughs. People across the country have heard about it, too.

Are the GOP’s Pelosi Attacks Effective? Public Does Not Seem to Think So
Despite polls, Republicans stick with attack ads on the California Democrat

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has been painted as a villain in Republican campaign ads attacking Democratic candidates, but a spate of recent polling shows GOP efforts to tie candidates to her is not likely to be effective come November. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With their House majority hanging in the balance, Republicans have tried time and time again to tie Democratic candidates to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, hoping that her general unpopularity will drag the candidates down too. It doesn’t seem to be working.

A spate of recent polls have found that voters don’t care much about candidates’ views on the California Democrat. More voters care about what they think of President Donald Trump, these polls have found, supporting historical patterns in which midterm elections often become a referendum on the occupant of the White House. 

Why Republican Candidates Aren’t Getting Asked Who They’d Back for Speaker
Democratic candidates constantly get asked about Pelosi, but Republicans are rarely questioned about McCarthy, Jordan

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, wants to be House Republicans' top leader, but GOP candidates are rarely asked whether they support his bid. That might be about to change, if Democratic criticism and advertising has anything to do with it. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic candidates can’t escape the question, “Do you support Nancy Pelosi?” But how many Republican candidates can say they’ve heard the equivalent about Kevin McCarthy or Jim Jordan, the two GOP speaker hopefuls?

A Roll Call analysis found only 13 press reports in which Republican candidates in the 86 competitive House races were asked about or commented on McCarthy or Jordan in the context of who should be the next Republican leader.

Trump Most Effective in Senate Races, Pence Can Focus on House, Lewandowski Says
Great America Committee senior strategist says Pence PAC is cutting checks for GOP congressional candidates

Corey Lewandowski, a former campaign manager for Donald Trump, says the president is most effective stumping for Senate candidates. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In the final 12-week stretch to the midterms, expect to see President Donald Trump on the trail stumping mostly for GOP Senate candidates and Vice President Mike Pence campaigning for House Republicans, Corey Lewandowski said. 

The former Trump campaign manager and current senior strategist to Pence’s political action committee, the Great America Committee, said the political strategists in Trump’s orbit have determined that’s the best strategy for deploying the GOP’s executive leaders onto the congressional campaign trail. 

Podcast: California’s Top Two Primary Looms Over House Democrats
Roll Call Decoder, Episode 11

Harley Rouda, Democrat running for California’s 48th District, speaks during his campaign rally in Laguna Beach, Calif., on Sunday, May 20, 2018. California is holding its primary election on June 5. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats have a handful of opportunities to takeover House seats in California, but the abundance of candidates and state’s top two primary system are complicating the party's efforts in a critical state for the majority. Roll Call elections analyst Nathan Gonzales and Roll Call political reporter Bridget Bowman look back at when the system was installed and ahead to the June 5 primaries and how Democrats are trying to avoid an electoral catastrophe.

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More 2018 Candidate Videos Worth Watching
 

Congressional candidate Amy McGrath made headlines recently with an introductory video that went viral. Watch highlights of McGrath’s video, as well as five other candidates who have announced they’re running in 2018 and are making waves across the country.

Army Vet Max Rose to Challenge GOP Rep. Dan Donovan
Trump won New York district by 10 points in November

Army veteran and non-profit health care executive Max Rose said he wants to confront a system that he says is “riddled with unfairness.” (Courtesy Max Rose)

Max Rose became the fifth Democrat take on GOP Rep. Dan Donovan Wednesday, but he says his economic message will set him apart from the primary field.

“I’m running because I’m fed up,” Rose, a Staten Island resident, said in an interview. The 30 year-old Army veteran says he will focus on an economic message, and addressing a system that he says is “riddled with unfairness.”

Republicans Seeing Red in Newly Open Nevada Seat
Rosen’s decision to run for Senate opens up 3rd District Seat

Nevada Rep. Jacky Rosen is running for Senate, leaving behind a swing House seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republicans are largely on defense in 2018, but they see a bright spot in Nevada’s 3rd District. And they believe that spot is even brighter now that the Democratic incumbent is running for Senate.

Rep. Jacky Rosen’s decision to challenge GOP Sen. Dean Heller opens up the Nevada Democrat’s competitive seat. Operatives from both parties expect the House race to once again be one of the most competitive — and expensive — in the country.

Inside Elections: What You Need to Know About the House 2018 Landscape
 

The 2018 midterms are coming, and while the initial Senate map might not look great for Democrats, the House is a different story, says Roll Call’s Elections Analyst Nathan L. Gonzales. Find out what his initial race ratings are for 2018 House races and what history could tell us about potential outcomes for the balance of the chamber.

Former DCCC Exec Says “Signs” Were There for Trump