Alex Roarty

Alex Roarty Alex is the chief political correspondent for National Journal Hotline. Since joining National Journal in 2010, he has covered House and Senate races, the GOP presidential primary, and the 2012 presidential campaign. Prior to joining National Journal, he covered Pennsylvania politics and government, most recently as editor of the Harrisburg-based
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First Iraq Vet to Serve in the Senate Drops Out of Race

August 7, 2014 Democratic Sen. John Walsh suspended his campaign for a full Senate term on Thursday, bowing to pressure to back out of the race after a plagiarism scandal threatened to eliminate his already slim chance of victory in Montana. In a statement to Lee Newspapers, Walsh said he wanted to focus...

Promises of Federal Spending Help Thad Cochran's Surprise Rebound Against Tea Party

June 25, 2014 In a remarkable comeback for a candidate many Republicans had begun to write-off, Sen. Thad Cochran won a surprise victory Tuesday in Mississippi's Republican runoff race for the Senate, dealing a stinging blow to tea party-groups that considered the six-term lawmaker their best opportunity to knock off a Republican incumbent...

Pork Is Back On the Table In Mississippi

April 29, 2014 A fight over earmarks isn’t unusual in a Republican primary. Two GOP contests in Mississippi, however, are flipping the usual terms of the debate. A pair of Republican candidates—Sen. Thad Cochran and former Democratic congressman-turned-GOP challenger Gene Taylor—are embracing the now-banned practice sometimes labeled pork-barrel spending, using it not only...

The GOP's Talent Gap

February 24, 2014 Republicans who run campaigns gripe they lose races because of candidates and ideology. It's easy to understand why. Nominees who deny they belong to a coven or confuse—in the most offensive way conceivable—the basic biology of sex aren't ideal nominees. The more electable ones, like Mitt Romney, are forced to...

What If Millennials Start to Hate Obamacare?

October 24, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Republicans are searching for an in with Millennials, and they think Obamacare's glitchy rollout is it. Next to minorities, there's no larger voting bloc more resistant to the Republican Party. (President Obama won 18 to 29 year olds by at least 23 points in both of his campaigns.) GOP leaders...

The Republicans Who Fear a Shutdown

September 20, 2013 Thirty-three percent. That's President Obama's approval rating among white voters, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released this week. The number is even worse—30 percent—in the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll. Those are staggeringly low numbers for a president who claimed nearly 40 percent of the white vote...

Study: Tweets Can Foretell Votes

August 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Who needs polls? A study published Monday reports that campaigns could use Twitter to successfully predict the winner of most races, findings that might bolster the social media service's already robust political presence. The key measure, researchers from Indiana University found, was a candidate's "tweet share," the percentage of total...

GOP risks political backlash in Michigan labor fight

December 12, 2012 Republicans have been soul-searching on any number of issues since their startling setback on Election Day. Should they adjust their position on immigration reform? Soften their rhetoric on women’s issues? Abandon their staunch opposition to tax hikes on the rich? But they haven’t had a second thought about another hot-button...

An Ohio vote recount could be a mess

November 6, 2012 It’s easy to imagine what the late Tim Russert’s whiteboard might say tonight: Ohio, Ohio, Ohio. The Buckeye State has supplanted its Southern cousin Florida as the marquee battleground of the 2012 presidential election—the state most likely to tip the race to either President Obama or Mitt Romney. Both candidates...

Romney surrogate accuses administration of 'another national security leak'

October 22, 2012 Sen. Rob Portman, a top surrogate for Mitt Romney, dismissed a report that the United States and Iran are poised to enter one-on-one negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. Portman, R-Ohio, said that the fact both countries are denying the story makes it look like another inappropriate leak from the administration...

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