As the 2016 election approaches its end, Republican control of the House isnâ€™t in much doubt, but the final makeup of the chamber remains a mystery. The GOP holds a 247-to-188 seat majority, and our outlook at the Cook Political Report (where Iâ€™m House editor) is a Democratic gain of between five and 20 seats. Thatâ€™s not enough to flip control, but the final seat count matters: It could affect the viability of the next presidentâ€™s agenda and even Speaker Paul Ryanâ€™s job security.
Alaska’s U.S. Congressional race has officially gotten going. Oh sure, technically both incumbent Rep. Don Young and Democrat challenger Steve Lindbeck have been in the race for months, but aside from the standard float of Young ads and a brief attack by Lindbeck in June over unionized tanker escorts there hasn’t been any noticeable communications activity in this race.