SENATE UPDATE: REPUBLICAN PRIMARY POTHOLES?

Coverage of the race for the Senate has, rightfully and unsurprisingly given the seats in play this cycle, focused on the 23 Democratic-held Senate seats being contested this fall, as opposed to the 10 Republican-held seats. With so many targets, Republicans have many opportunities to go on offense, with seemingly...

Veepwatch 2.0: Boring? All the better

In Mitt Romney’s vice presidential search, flashy is out, and boring is in. Now that it appears that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has a fair chance to defeat President Barack Obama -- a development that seems to have genuinely surprised many Republicans, perhaps including some of those big names...

Romney’s Illinois Win Confirms the Obvious

Mitt Romney’s big win in the Illinois primary is not a game-changer, mainly because the likely outcome of the game -- the race for the Republican presidential nomination -- is the same today as it was Tuesday morning: Romney is the highly probable nominee. Romney can't ignore the remaining contests,...

Crystal Ball projection: Michigan & Arizona

As John U. Bacon points out in his new book about University of Michigan football, Three and Out, the Wolverines’ fight song, “The Victors,” is unique among college fight songs in that, instead of exhorting the squad on to victory, it instead celebrates a victory already won. At the risk...

IS THE SENATE THE REPUBLICANS’ TO LOSE?

14 months out, a tentative "yes"

The recent decision by ex-Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) not to seek the seat of his retiring colleague, Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl, was a big moment for Republicans because it gave them yet another clean shot at a Democratic-held Senate seat. Feingold, still popular despite his reelection loss last year, would...

Updating the Governors Races

Although the calendar for gubernatorial elections in the 2011-2012 cycle is relatively light since most of the action in statehouse races occurred last year, several notable contests are developing for this November and next. States such as Indiana, Missouri and North Carolina, which happen to have been the three closest...

GOP 2012 Update: The Big Tease

Rarely if ever has one of the two major parties been so confounded by dissatisfaction with its presidential field and the refusal by the base's and establishment's preferred choices to run. The void in the GOP ranks has led to a big tease: Potential contender after potential contender, many of...