Perry Bacon Jr. is a longtime political journalist, currently serving as a senior political reporter at NBC News. He was previously a national political writer at Time Magazine and the Washington Post. Perry specializes in pieces that use data, story-telling and political science to illustrate the intersection of politics and policy.

Recent Articles for NBC

New Hampshire Debate Illustrates Marco Rubio’s Obama Problem

The Clintons Helped Create the Democrats’ “Progressive” Movement. That’s Why They Are Mad Bernie Sanders Is Trying to Redefine the Term and Control the Movement

Myth-Busting: The Iowa Voters Show a Lot of the Conventional Wisdom About 2016 Is Wrong

The Establishment Is Far From Dead. Iowa Voters Pick the Familiar: A Clinton and a Christian Conservative

Meet the Voters: In Iowa, More Frustration and Weariness Than Anger

In Final Debate Before Iowa, GOP Candidates Opt Not to Bash Absent Trump. Were They Savvy or Stupid?

The Number of People of Color in America Is Growing Rapidly. Here’s Why the Democrats Should Not Be Confident That Will Push American Politics Left

Hillary, not Bernie, Is the Obama-Approved Candidate.

Trump And Sanders Are Proposing Very Far-Fetched Ideas. That Is Intentional.

Let Bernie Be Bernie.

African-Americans Are the Swing Vote in Clinton v. Sanders  

Are Trump’s Opponents Going Too Easy On Him?

Bernie v. Hillary is the Dreamers vs. The Doers

The Return of The Gun Control Party

Obama’s Final State of the Union

Tamir Rice Decision Shows Power and Limits of Black Lives Movement

How Arne Duncan Reshaped American Education

How Cruz Became the Candidate of Christian Conservative Leaders

Why The GOP Establishment Is Not Fully Behind Rubio

How the Tea Party Helped Lead to Trump

How Paul Ryan Wrestled Control of the House From Boehner and the Freedom Caucus

John Boehner Was An Effective GOP Leader. He Was Pushed Out Because Obama Kept Winning Too

Clinton’s Great Political Achievement: Blocking a Sitting Vice President From Running

Why Hillary Became Obama’s Biggest Fan

Elizabeth Warren Is Not Running For President. She Is Running to Set the President’s Agenda.