Sabato's Crystal Ball

2014 House Ratings

Updated April 11, 2014

Current outlook: Republicans net 5-8 House seats

Competitive House seats

Members in italics hold seats that the other party’s presidential candidate won in 2012. A red-shaded seat in the Democratic column or a blue-shaded seat in the Republican column means that the incumbent party is an underdog to hold the seat.

Ratings of all 435 House seats


Big and Little Nothings

Reviewing this cycle's mostly minor but occasionally major mistakes so far

, Managing Editor, Sabato's Crystal Ball

Yes, we know reporters have to react to news and find ways to make it relevant, but pardon us if we didn’t gag a little bit seeing headlines about the potential impact of Chelsea Clinton’s pregnancy on her mother’s potential presidential campaign. Some said the baby was timed for the campaign — because everyone knows [...]

How Veterans Vote

Not that differently from the rest of the electorate

, Associate Editor, Sabato's Crystal Ball

In Arkansas’ Senate contest, Rep. Tom Cotton (R) has a new ad that goes after Sen. Mark Pryor (D) for his comment that Cotton feels a “sense of entitlement” because of his military service. Cotton humorously utilizes his Army drill sergeant to talk about how his time in the military taught him “accountability, humility and [...]

Exiting the House

The many paths to ending a career in Congress' lower chamber

, Associate Editor, Sabato's Crystal Ball

Over the past 40 years, there have been many ways to leave the U.S. House of Representatives. Specifically, nine different methods. The main ones, beyond losing a primary or general election, are to retire or run for another office. But a member can also do one of the following: be appointed to another office, resign, [...]

The House Retirements That (Might) Matter in November

, Managing Editor, Sabato's Crystal Ball

The retirement of Rep. Tom Petri (R, WI-6) means that 41 members of the House are leaving the lower chamber at the end of this Congress in order to either exit public life or run for another office.
There are clear governing implications for these retirements: For instance, several of the retiring members, like Reps. Dave [...]

Eleven Days to November

The key primaries leading to the 2014 midterms.

, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics

U.Va. Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato is contributing a regular column to Politico Magazine. This week he provides an overview of the key primary election dates that will preface the November midterm elections. — The Editors

For political junkies desperate for clues to the hottest House, Senate and governors’ races around the country, April [...]

Ratings Changes: Georgia, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia

, Managing Editor, Sabato's Crystal Ball

Two statewide southerners are seeing their fortunes move in opposite directions, while the weight of both a party label and a barrage of negative advertising look increasingly likely to sink one of the longest-serving members of the House. Here are this week’s Crystal Ball ratings changes in four gubernatorial, Senate and House contests.
Table 1: Crystal [...]

Midterm 2014: Where Things Stand Now

Presenting the Crystal Ball’s 2014 range of outcomes in Senate, House and gubernatorial races

, Sabato's Crystal Ball

Election Day 2014 is now almost exactly seven months away, which is both near and far.
On the one hand, more than half of the states — 29 of 50 — have passed their filing deadlines for major party candidates (the deadline in a 30th, Tennessee, is today). The late entries of Rep. Cory Gardner (R, [...]

Ratings Changes: Hawaii, Maryland and Michigan

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In addition to our new Crystal Ball Outlook for the House, Senate and gubernatorial races, we have a few tweaks to make to our ratings this week. To get our ratings changes as they happen, follow the Crystal Ball team on Twitter — @LarrySabato, @kkondik and @geoffreyvs — and check our website’s Ratings Changes page.
Table [...]

Putting Their Eggs in the Wrong Midterm Basket

Why Democrats’ increased reliance on young voters may lead them to struggle in midterm elections in the near future

, Associate Editor, Sabato's Crystal Ball

Barring significant changes in group voting habits, many commentators have argued that “The Coalition of the Ascendant” is positioned to give Democrats a notable edge in elections in the near future. There may be some truth to that supposition: The country is clearly getting more diverse, and nonwhite voters tend to vote strongly Democratic.
A key [...]

The End of Amendments?

Why state legislative polarization makes constitutional amendments increasingly unlikely

, Guest Columnist

This year marks the centennial anniversary of the first class of popularly-elected U.S. Senators, as mandated by adoption of the 17th Amendment. A hundred years later, several current or former Republican members of Congress, including Todd Akin (MO), Paul Broun (GA), Pete Hoekstra (MI) and Jeff Flake (AZ), have indicated their support for returning the [...]

It’s the Stupid Economy

A bad economy hurts Democrats in the midterms, but does a good one help them?

, Director, U.Va. Center for Politics

U.Va. Center for Politics Director Larry J. Sabato is contributing a regular column to Politico Magazine. This week, he examines whether or not an improved economic picture could potentially help Democrats stave off trouble in November 2014. — The Editors

Last week’s special election in Florida’s 13th congressional district, where GOP Rep. David Jolly upset Democrat [...]

The Limited Meaning of Florida’s Special House Election

, U.Va Center for Politics

Rep.-elect David Jolly (R, FL-13) overcame money, some internal division among Republicans, and a name recognition and prestige deficit to defeat Alex Sink (D) in a much-watched special election in Florida’s Tampa-area 13th Congressional District Tuesday night.
Republicans are of course gleeful about the results, and Democrats, despite immediately pledging to fight for the district again [...]

It’s Time to Increase the Size of the House

, Senior Columnist, Sabato's Crystal Ball

“Our founders put the first amendment first for a reason. It protects all Americans’ right to free speech, regardless of political affiliation or views.” This statement was made by former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) in 2007, but it expresses a commonly cited view among lawyers, judges, politicians and pundits.
In fact, what we today know as [...]

How Congressional Representation Has Changed Over the Past 50 Years

, Associate Editor, Sabato's Crystal Ball

In January, the release of the Census Bureau’s 2013 population estimates prompted the Crystal Ball to examine what the post-2020 projections for reapportionment might mean for the future shape of the U.S. House. While it’s fun to look at future projections, it’s also interesting to take a peek into the past to see how representation [...]

Deep-Sixing California

How a proposal to partition California into six states would impact the political landscape

, Associate Editor, Sabato's Crystal Ball

California is such a massive state — if it were an independent nation, it would have the eighth-largest economy in the world — that it has long been the subject of partitioning proposals. Now a new plan is calling for the Golden State to be dismembered into six new states. The proposal could possibly go [...]