July 23, 2008 This year's presidential election will create at least one Senate vacancy. In Illinois, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is one of the possible choices to fill Barack Obama's seat, while Arizona's Democratic governor must name a Republican to the Senate if John McCain is elected president.
June 26, 2008 At least 11 Senate seats are in play this fall, says Political Editor Ken Rudin. He handicaps the races and offers his preliminary predictions.
June 18, 2008 The end of the long battle for the Democratic presidential nomination hasn't cooled political passions. Readers of "Political Junkie" feel strongly about whom they want to see as Barack Obama's running mate. Bill Richardson, Jim Webb and Hillary Clinton — even Caroline Kennedy — are among their choices.
June 11, 2008 Now that Hillary Clinton has suspended her presidential campaign and made nice with Barack Obama, we turn to the quadrennial Beltway blather about who will be the running mate. The long list of potential vice presidential picks includes senators, governors and former political and military figures.
June 2, 2008 "Unity" was the buzzword before, during and after Saturday's meeting of the DNC rules committee, held to resolve the status of the disputed Democratic delegates from Michigan and Florida. But unity was nowhere to be found at the chaotic gathering.
May 29, 2008 A meeting to talk about political party rules is hardly exciting to most folks. But Saturday's gathering of the Democratic National Committee's rules and bylaws panel has political junkies and journalists drooling in anticipation. It may be Hillary Clinton's last shot at the nomination.
May 14, 2008 Tuesday's defeat in Mississippi was the third Republican loss in House special elections this year. The GOP spent more than $1 million on the race, trying to head off what could be an ominous trend come November. We look at the history of special races resulting in a victory by the opposite party.
May 8, 2008 With all the focus on the presidential race, it's easy to forget about the elections to fill open House seats — and what they might say about the Republicans' congressional chances in November. Still, readers can't stop wondering about the contest for the White House, including the possibility of an Obama-Clinton ticket.
April 30, 2008 It has become a campaign like no other. Continuing to throw conventional wisdom out the window, it defies description or logic. Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama can't even agree on who has the most votes. And the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Bill Clinton loom large.
April 16, 2008 The presidential race has been filled with slips of the tongue followed by regret. This year's candidates aren't the first to trip up on the campaign trail. In 1976, Jimmy Carter apologized after saying he saw "nothing wrong with ethnic purity" being maintained in urban neighborhoods.
April 9, 2008 Why should the Democrats have all the fun? A fight for the Libertarian Party's presidential nomination may be shaping up as well. Ron Paul may not be seeking the Libertarian nomination but others, including former lawmakers Mike Gravel and Bob Barr, are in the mix.
April 2, 2008 John McCain's running-mate choice is important for two reasons. The presumptive Republican nominee needs to send a signal to doubting conservatives that he is really one of them. And McCain, 71, may well be a one-term president, so the person he picks for VP will be eagerly watched.
March 19, 2008 Does Barack Obama's speech on race change the dynamic of the presidential contest? It's probably too soon to tell, but there's no question that race has now moved to the forefront of the campaign.
March 11, 2008 Democrats have been on a roller-coaster ride lately. The party cheered a Democrat's victory in the race for the House seat held by former Republican speaker Dennis Hastert. But then came news that Eliot Spitzer, New York's Democratic governor, was embroiled in a prostitution scandal.
February 27, 2008 Ralph Nader's entry into the presidential race stirs bitter memories for many Democrats who believe his candidacy cost Al Gore the election eight years ago. We look at the disputed 2000 election in Florida and gauge readers' reactions to the role superdelegates might play in 2008.