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House Overview|By David Wasserman, January 20, 2017

Typically, midterm elections are, to borrow a word from the new president's lexicon, "tremendous" opportunities for the out party to hold a first-term White House occupant accountable. Just ask Bill Clinton about 1994 or Barack Obama about 2010. But as is the case with this new president, 2018 isn't set up to be a "typical" first-term midterm.

National Politics|By David Wasserman, January 2, 2017

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House Overview |By David Wasserman, November 10, 2016

Most Democrats were anticipating Hillary Clinton would have short coattails, but few anticipated that Donald Trump's coattails would end up helping many down-ballot Republicans win and even give several Democrats unexpectedly close calls. Yet that's what happened on Tuesday. Democrats scored a meager gain of 6 or 7 seats, depending on the final outcome in CA-49, and remarkably, Republicans will...

House Overview |By David Wasserman, November 7, 2016

As the 2016 election approaches its unmerciful end, Republican control of the House isn't in much doubt, but the final margin is unknown. The Cook Political Report's outlook is a Democratic gain of between 5 and 20 seats, a wide range that reflects the uncertainty of the presidential margin. But Republicans are feeling more optimistic that they can keep their losses to just 5 to 10 seats, which...

House Overview|By David Wasserman, November 7, 2016

As the 2016 election unmercifully approaches its end, Republican control of the House isn't in much doubt, but the final margin remains a mystery. The GOP holds a 247 to 188 seat majority, and he Cook Political Report's outlook is a Democratic gain of between 5 and 20 seats. That's not enough to flip control, but the ultimate seat count matters: it could affect the viability of the next...

David Wasserman, House Editor

David Wasserman is the House Editor for The Cook Political Report, where he is responsible for rating, handicapping, and analyzing U.S. House races.
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The Cook Political Report Partisan Voting Index (PVI)

The 2014 Partisan Voting Index

Since 1997, the Cook Political Report's Partisan Voting Index (PVI) has been the gold standard in measuring how each state and district performs at the presidential level relative to the nation as a whole. Click below for the breakdown of PVI for every House district in the 113th Congress.
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The 2016 Political Environment

Updated November 25, 2015 | As the 2016 election cycle begins to take shape, the Cook Political Report has identified several metrics worth monitoring between now and Election Day.

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