Inside the Data: What the Virginia Election Results Mean for ‘18

The Democratic Party’s big wins in Virginia this week, from the governor’s race on down, have sparked intense if somewhat predictable reactions from the nation’s two major political parties. Democrats are hailing Governor-elect Ralph Northam’s win as evidence of an electorate that has turned decidedly against President Donald Trump, buoying […] Read more »

Trump dominates the GOP base. Party leaders live with the consequences.

The Republican Party has been plunged into ever more turmoil, thanks to the outcome of the off-year election in Virginia, the results of contests elsewhere around the country and an allegation of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore, the party’s candidate for Senate in Alabama. … Republicans have been dealing with […] Read more »

How Republican losses in Virginia could mean real trouble for the GOP in 2018

In 1897, an earthquake that hit 5.8 on the Richter scale shook Virginia and was felt across 12 other states. Six months later, William McKinley’s Republican Party experienced its own disaster in Virginia, losing 15 seats in the state House of Delegates. Not until Tuesday night did another such earthquake […] Read more »

California: It’s a tightening race for governor and Sen. Dianne Feinstein holds strong lead for reelection

Californians overwhelmingly support Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s reelection bid, and she is far better known than her top rival, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. Voters are more divided in the governor’s race, creating a closer contest between Democrats Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa. CONT. Seema Mehta & […] Read more »

‘Canary in the coal mine’: Republicans fear Democratic wins mean more losses to come

A wave of Democratic victories ignited a ferocious debate across the Republican Party on Wednesday over whether President Trump’s unorthodox behavior and polarizing agenda are jeopardizing the GOP’s firm grip on power in Congress, governors’ mansions and state legislatures. The recriminations sparked by Tuesday’s results — a decisive rebuke of […] Read more »

2018 Midterms: What To Watch For One Year Out

One year out from the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats see light ahead while Republicans are being dragged down by President Trump. Democrats got a huge boost after big wins in Virginia and other states on Tuesday in a repudiation of Trump’s victory just one year ago, finally harnessing the backlash […] Read more »

Suburbs Rebel Against Trump, Threatening Republicans in Congress

The American suburbs appear to be in revolt against President Trump after a muscular coalition of college-educated voters and racial and ethnic minorities on Tuesday dealt the Republican Party a thumping rejection and propelled a diverse class of Democrats into office. From the tax-obsessed suburbs of New York City to […] Read more »

Democrats’ Narrow Path to Winning the House

The Democrats’ “coalition of transformation” flexed its muscles Tuesday to deliver a resounding repudiation of Donald Trump and crystallize the risk the GOP has taken by allowing him to redefine the party in his image. But despite the party’s sweep in Virginia, New Jersey, and scattered other local races, the […] Read more »