Category Archives: Campaigns & Elections

White Democrats in the South: Then and Now

Michelle Nunn is the scion of a political brand. A Democrat running in what is now a deeply Republican state, Nunn is squaring off against David Perdue, a GOP businessman, for an open U.S. Senate seat in Georgia. In a year when control of the Senate is in doubt, this contest, and others throughout the region, is of more than a parochial concern. Nunn’s father, Sam, the longtime (1972-1997) U.S. Senator, built a nearly unassailable reputation as a centrist Democrat… Continue Reading ››

US Senate Up for Grabs This Fall

The U.S. Senate is at the epicenter of what is shaping up to be an interesting political year. If things hold to form, the Republicans stand a reasonable chance at gaining control of the Senate and keeping control of the House. This would effectively clip President Obama’s already fragile political wings. Let’s take a look at where things stand now and then at some historical trends to keep in mind as we think through what might happen in November. Our… Continue Reading ››

Thunderclap on the Right: Cantor Loses Primary

That sound you heard is not the Ohio rain that is so often punctuated by a roll of thunder, but existential angst as it works its way through the Republican establishment in Washington, D.C. Eric Cantor, U.S. House Majority Leader (R-VA), lost his party primary today to political novice Dave Brat, an economics professor from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA. Brat ran to Cantor’s right, focusing, it seems, on illegal immigration. Brat accused Cantor of favoring an amnesty program that… Continue Reading ››