Reid Wilson

Reid Wilson is a national correspondent for The Hill. Previously he was chief political correspondent and Congress editor for Morning Consult.  Wilson was the editor and lead author of the Washington Post’s morning political tip sheet Read In before Morning Consult. He is also the former editor and head of the Washington Post’s GovBeat and the former editor-in-chief of National Journal’s The Hotline. His work has appeared in outlets like the New York Times, the Hill, RealClearPolitics, the Atlantic Monthly, the New Republic, and other major news networks.  In 2012 Comedy Central named him "The Greatest Political Mind of Our Time" for his skills at cutting through the spin and telling the truth about the state of politics and Washington.

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  • The Hill
    September 13, 2017
    The wealthy, well-educated voters of Orange County, Calif., have been Republicans for generations.
  • The Hill
    September 6, 2017
    Democratic attorneys general across the country have threatened to sue President Trump over his decision Tuesday to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, opening another front in the growing legal war between blue states
  • The Hill
    August 16, 2017
    Three federal judges have ordered Texas to redraw congressional district boundary lines after ruling the Republican-led state legislature intended to discriminate against minority voters in crafting the original boundaries.
  • Trump spurs wave of state immigration laws
    August 8, 2017
    State legislatures across the country have enacted a wave of immigration-related measures in the seven months since President Trump took office.
  • The Hill
    August 4, 2017
    West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s decision to leave the Democratic Party to become a Republican means the GOP now controls all levers of government in 26 states across the country, a high-water mark in recent years.
  • The Hill
    August 1, 2017
    Millennials and members of Generation X accounted for a larger number of votes in the 2016 elections than did Baby Boomers and older generations, marking a generational shift that is likely to influence the way both Democrats and Republicans approach
  • The Hill
    August 1, 2017
    Three federal judges on Monday ordered North Carolina's state legislature to draw new legislative district boundaries within a month, the latest ruling against boundaries drawn by Republicans that judges have found improper.
  • The Hill
    July 19, 2017
    A proposal to ban transgender people from using the bathroom or locker room of their choice has sparked a legislative hostage crisis among Texas Republicans, exposing an ongoing rift between populists who align themselves with President Trump and mor
  • The Hill
    July 12, 2017
    More than 200 candidates have publicly announced their campaigns for governor, with new candidates making their bids official on an almost daily basis.
  • The Hill
    June 28, 2017
    The first generation of Americans to be born in the wake of the Great Recession will be the first in the nation's history to include more racial minorities than whites, according to new Census Bureau data.
  • The Hill
    June 24, 2017
    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) will bar state employees from business trips to four states after those states passed measures limiting the rights of LGBT people.
  • The Hill
    May 12, 2017
    The percentage of eligible Americans who showed up to the polls in November dipped slightly to the lowest rate in sixteen years, led by a sharp drop-off in the number of black voters casting ballots.
  • The Hill
    May 5, 2017
    Tennessee legislators have given final approval to a measure that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and create additional barriers even if the life of the mother were at stake.
  • The Hill
    March 30, 2017
    A yearlong debate in North Carolina over transgender access to public bathroom and locker room facilities seemed to come to an end late Wednesday.
  • The Hill
    February 22, 2017
    Near a nadir of political power, Democrats across the country say their comeback must begin with key races next year.
  • The Hill
    December 22, 2016
    Democratic governors are calling on Republicans in Congress to leave in place the Affordable Care Act.
  • The Hill
    October 25, 2016
    Two of the largest outside groups defending the GOP majority in the Senate are dumping millions in late money into three close races just two weeks before Election Day.
  • The Hill
    September 8, 2016
    Brace yourselves: Election Day has begun.
  • The Hill
    September 1, 2016
    Pollsters are debating whether Donald Trump’s “silent majority” of voters exists, and are scrambling to make sure that their surveys reflect the opinions of voters who might not ordinarily be included in opinion polls.
  • The Hill
    August 30, 2016
    States that voted against President Obama twice are more dependent on the federal government, according to an analysis of new data released by the Pew Charitable Trusts on Monday.
  • The Hill
    August 29, 2016
    Outside groups have reserved more than $128 million in television time in critical House races across the country, an early indication of where each major party sees the landscape tilting in its favor this fall.
  • The Hill
    August 19, 2016
    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will begin airing $4 million in television spots in four critical battleground states on Friday, according to a Republican source watching the advertising market.
  • The Hill
    July 19, 2016
    South Carolina’s delegates to the Republican National Convention kicked off their week in Cleveland on Monday morning with a series of breakfast lectures on national security issues that featured a rising star within their party: Arkansas Sen.
  • Morning Consult
    May 31, 2016
    The race for the Democratic presidential nomination may be winding toward an inevitable conclusion as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues her march toward the 2,383 delegates she needs to clinch, but voters in California are showing r
  • Morning Consult
    May 16, 2016
    As Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton closes in on her party’s presidential nomination, voters in Oregon and Kentucky look likely to give her a boost Tuesday — though Sen.
  • Morning Consult
    April 27, 2016
    Real estate mogul Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tightened their grips on the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations on Tuesday, sweeping through Northeastern states packed with delegates ahead of critical prim
  • Morning Consult
    April 25, 2016
    Legislators in several states are slowing down their work on measures to ban transgendered people from using certain bathroom facilities and so-called “religious freedom” bills after the public outcry over versions passed in North Carolina and Georgi
  • Morning Consult
    April 4, 2016
    For half a year, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has downplayed his party’s chances of arriving in Cleveland this summer with no clear presumptive presidential nominee.
  • Morning Consult
    April 2, 2016
    The three remaining Republicans seeking their party’s presidential nomination are entering a critical series of contests in the next two months, a stretch that could decide which of them will become the party’s nominee later this summer.
  • Morning Consult
    March 29, 2016
    More voters say security issues will be top of mind when they decide how to cast their ballots this year after terror attacks rocked Belgium’s largest city last week, a new Morning Consult survey finds.
  • Morning Consult
    March 25, 2016
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is just under 700 delegates away from clinching the Democratic presidential nomination. Her lead over Sen.
  • Morning Consult
    March 18, 2016
    If Donald Trump isn’t the Republican presidential nominee, despite earning more delegates than anyone else, he warns that there could be riots. Before Hillary Clinton built a nearly insurmountable pledged delegate lead, fans of Sen.
  • Morning Consult
    March 14, 2016
    The explosion of violence at rallies put on by Donald Trump’s campaign, which came to a head on Friday in Chicago, has given those used to the traditional rules of politics another reason to rethink the American electorate.
  • Morning Consult
    March 4, 2016
    By this point in a typical election cycle, the members of Congress who have decided against running for another term have made public their plans to retire.
  • Morning Consult
    February 27, 2016
    Republican voters in 13 states have the chance to weigh in on their party’s presidential nomination on Tuesday, the biggest single day of the entire primary contest.
  • Morning Consult
    February 24, 2016
    In the days leading up to critical Super Tuesday primaries, the race for the Republican presidential nomination increasingly looks like a race for second place. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen.
  • Morning Consult
    February 17, 2016
    No early voting state presents a greater challenge than South Carolina, where complex relationships between northern transplants and Southern Baptists, old money and the working class collide.
  • Morning Consult
    February 16, 2016
    The passing of U.S.
  • Morning Consult
    February 10, 2016
    Voters in New Hampshire registered their discontent Tuesday, choosing a Manhattan billionaire who promises to wholly reinvent his own party and a self-avowed socialist from Vermont who bested a Democratic Party stalwart by a surprisingly significant
  • Morning Consult
    February 6, 2016
    As many as half a million voters will head to the polls on Tuesday for the second presidential nominating contests.
  • Morning Consult
    February 5, 2016
    The voters voted, and the sighs of relief from those establishment Republicans were almost audible.
  • Morning Consult
    February 4, 2016
    Two days after surprising finishes in the Iowa caucuses, Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are seeing their support grow by small margins, a new Morning Consult survey shows.
  • Morning Consult
    February 2, 2016
    Whether or not he wins the Iowa caucuses on Monday, real estate mogul Donald Trump retains a massive lead over the rest of the Republican field.
  • Morning Consult
    January 25, 2016
    Just days before the Iowa caucuses, political professionals and intellectual elites who form two pillars of the modern Republican coalition have concluded the race for their party’s nomination has come down to two unpalatable options: On one side is
  • Morning Consult
    January 20, 2016
    Two weeks before Iowa Republicans meet for the first nominating contest of the year, the most potent attack on front-running Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has nothing to do with his positions on ethanol or crop subsidies or even immigration.
  • Morning Consult
    January 12, 2016
    When President Barack Obama steps into the well of the House of Representatives to offer his seventh and final State of the Union address tonight, he will face a Congress riven by partisan polarization — and a populace deeply worried about the future
  • Morning Consult
    January 7, 2016
    The 2010 wave that handed Republicans control of the House of Representatives and a half-dozen new seats in the Senate, was fueled by voter discontent with a struggling economy, President Obama and the Democratic Party.
  • Morning Consult
    December 17, 2015
    In his seven years in office, virtually every one of President Obama’s top priorities has made some kind of legislative progress. Even comprehensive immigration reform, which died in the Republican House, got a Senate vote.
  • Morning Consult
    December 15, 2015
    The conventional wisdom, solidified by three new polls out over the weekend, now paints Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) as the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, thanks to big leads in Iowa and a growing popularity among national GOP voters.
  • Morning Consult
    December 5, 2015
    In the aftermath of yet another mass shooting, gun control advocates once again called for “common sense” measures to restrict access to deadly weapons.
  • Morning Consult
    December 4, 2015
    In the aftermath of yet another mass shooting, a rampage in which a couple federal officials are investigating for ties to terrorism used assault rifles and handguns to murder 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., gun control advocates once again call
  • Morning Consult
    December 1, 2015
    In the ebb and flow of a presidential race, every campaign strives for its moment in the sun. Some (Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal) never get one. Others (Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker) fail to capitalize on theirs. Few ever get a second look from voters.
  • Morning Consult
    November 25, 2015
    A strong majority of registered voters say they support sending American combat troops to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a new survey shows – and they don’t want Syrian refugees coming to the United States.
  • Morning Consult
    November 24, 2015
    Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent running for the Democratic presidential nomination, has eschewed party labels during his decades-long political career. And voters in his home state love him for it.
  • Morning Consult
    November 21, 2015
    Voters take a dim view of just about everything that happens in Washington, D.C., and few believe the country is headed in the right direction. But those same voters have a much better opinion of officials who govern their own states.
  • Morning Consult
    November 19, 2015
    Amid international crises stirring a deep unease in the American electorate, the Obama administration and the Republican Party are offering voters two starkly different viewpoints: Nothing to fear versus fear itself.
  • Morning Consult
    November 17, 2015
    Republican governors said their states will not accept any of the thousands of Syrian refugees bound for the United States, after devastating terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday that killed more than 130 people.
  • Morning Consult
    November 4, 2015
    After a chaotic, messy presidential primary four years ago, senior party strategists moved to take control of the nominating process, from the televised events that showcase their candidates to the actual contests that will award delegates beginning
  • Morning Consult
    November 3, 2015
    Jeb Bush, once seen as the financial juggernaut who could not be stopped en route to the Republican presidential nomination, is struggling to salvage his damaged campaign after lackluster debate performances and slower-than-expected fundraising.
  • Morning Consult
    October 28, 2015
    When voters elect a new president in 2016, there won’t be much suspense in Kentucky and Louisiana. Once reliable Democratic bastions, Republicans can now count on winning both states without much of a fight.
  • Morning Consult
    October 27, 2015
    Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump’s lead over the Republican presidential field faces a new challenge from retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a new survey shows, as conservative voters show a strong preference for outsider candidates rather th
  • Morning Consult
    October 10, 2015
    A month after Republicans won control of the United States Senate last year, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told a reporter the new majority would “make every effort we can” to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
  • Morning Consult
    September 28, 2015
    Just five years ago, House Speaker John Boehner led his party back to the majority. Last year, he helped Republicans leap to the largest majority since the Great Depression.
  • Morning Consult
    September 22, 2015
    A strong performance in last week’s Republican presidential debate has raised former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina’s public profile, but not nearly enough to cut into real estate mogul Donald Trump’s lead over the rest of the GOP field.
  • Morning Consult
    September 15, 2015
    A week after insulting the looks of his only female rival, a gender gap is emerging among those who say they support real estate mogul Donald Trump’s bid for president.
  • Morning Consult
    September 1, 2015
    Real estate mogul Donald Trump has broadened his lead over his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, a new poll shows, as more Republican voters begin to see the bombastic billionaire in a favorable light.
  • Morning Consult
    August 25, 2015
    Thousands of delegates to the Republican National Convention will descend on Cleveland eleven months from now, thrilled by the prospect of nominating the candidate they hope will be the next president of the United States.
  • Morning Consult
    August 19, 2015
    A large majority of Americans are following the controversy over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, and a majority say the issue will have an impact on how they vote in 2016, according to a new survey.
  • Morning Consult
    August 18, 2015
    Real estate mogul Donald Trump continues to dominate the Republican field, bolstered by strong support among conservative voters and a fragmented electorate still learning about his lesser-known rivals.
  • Morning Consult
    August 17, 2015
    Vice President Joe Biden, 72, has reportedly made phone calls to potential supporters feeling out the prospects of a possible presidential bid. Several friends of former Vice President Al Gore, 67, say he too is considering a comeback.
  • Morning Consult
    August 11, 2015
    Real estate magnate Donald Trump’s lead over the Republican field grew in the several days after his performance at the first GOP presidential debate.
  • Morning Consult
    August 6, 2015
    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday harshly criticized the proposed nuclear agreement struck last month between an international coalition, led by the United States, and Iran.
  • Morning Consult
    August 4, 2015
    With prospects of comprehensive immigration reform in Washington stymied by partisan gridlock, state legislators across the country are taking their own steps to deal with the millions of undocumented immigrants living within their borders.
  • Morning Consult
    July 20, 2015
    With just 11 weeks to go before the end of the current fiscal year, Republican and Democratic leaders are laying the foundations for a messaging war over the August recess, when both sides will blame the other for the growing prospect of a government
  • Morning Consult
    July 7, 2015
    A new Morning Consult poll shows half of self-described Republican voters, and 55 percent of self-identified conservatives, disapprove of the job Roberts is doing as chief justice.
  • The Washington Post
    April 6, 2015
    Conservative state legislators frustrated with the gridlock in Washington are increasingly turning to a plan to call a convention to consider a new amendment to the U.S.
  • The Washington Post
    February 17, 2015
    Governors who are considering runs for the White House will make the case to donors and voters that they have the experience necessary to become president, in contrast with senators who do nothing but make speeches.
  • The Washington Post
    December 31, 2014
    The number of Americans under supervision of state adult correctional systems has fallen to the lowest level in a decade, the federal government said Tuesday, while the number of people serving time in federal prison fell for the first time in more t
  • The Washington Post
    October 30, 2014
    Republicans have the opportunity to take control of a record number of state legislative chambers across the country this year, as Democrats play defense in unfavorable terrain.
  • The Washington Post
    October 10, 2014
    Political candidates seeking votes this November are having two very different conversations with their would-be constituents: In paid television commercials, the conversation is overwhelmingly negative.
  • The Washington Post
    September 19, 2014
    Name one of the authors of the Federalist Papers. How many justices are on the Supreme Court? What do we call the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution?
  • The Washington Post
    September 16, 2014
    On July 24, President Obama traveled to Medina, a small, wealthy enclave outside Seattle, to attend a fundraiser for a Democratic super PAC at the home of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal, one of the Democratic Party’s most reliable donors.
  • The Washington Post
    September 15, 2014
    In an era of early voting, no-fault absentee ballots and all-mail elections, Election Day is something of a misnomer. Candidates and their supporters now drive their voters to the polls for days, weeks, sometimes more than a month.
  • The Washington Post
    August 26, 2014
    Heather Surovik’s story is heartbreaking. In 2012, the young mother was leaving her final prenatal appointment when a drunk driver slammed into her car. Heather survived. The fetus she was carrying, whom she had named Brady, did not.
  • The Washington Post
    July 29, 2014
    Following passage last year of some of the strongest gun-control laws in the nation in the wake of the school shooting in Newton, Conn., leading California Democrats will open a new front in the fight against gun violence this year with a proposal to
  • The Washington Post
    July 25, 2014
    Two years from now, Republicans will formally kick off the process of nominating a presidential candidate with caucus meetings in church basements, community centers and school classrooms.
  • The Washington Post
    July 25, 2014
    Learning to read by the end of third grade is crucial, those who study early childhood education say, because that’s the point at which children start using reading to learn other subjects.
  • The Washington Post
    July 21, 2014
    A year-long fight among state legislators over the definition of true Tennessee whiskey is spilling over to the international distilled spirits business, dividing both Tennessee’s powerful whiskey interests and multinational corporations battling for
  • The Washington Post
    July 21, 2014
    Imagine the anguish of a staffer working for a losing campaign once the polls close. All those hours, all that work, for naught. That staffer sure could use a drink. But in South Carolina, the drink will have to wait.
  • The Washington Post
    July 16, 2014
    We all know the dread that comes with an expiring driver’s license. It may be about the passage of time or our advancing age. But mostly it’s because we have to go to the DMV — purgatory in government form.
  • The Washington Post
    July 11, 2014
    What if they held a vote to increase the minimum wage and most of the Democrats voted no?
  • The Washington Post
    July 11, 2014
    The history of European colonization of the Americas is still evident today in most of the United States. This very cool map shows which ancestries make up the largest population in each of the country’s 3,144 counties:
  • The Washington Post
    July 8, 2014
    In her first campaign ad for the U.S. Senate, Michigan Republican Terri Lynn Land minces no words: “Congressman Gary Peters and his buddies want you to think I’m waging a war on women,” she starts. “Reaaally?
  • The Washington Post
    July 8, 2014
    The Republican National Committee is expected Tuesday to choose between two cities — Dallas and Cleveland — to host the party’s 2016 presidential nominating convention.