Archive for the 'Competitive Races' Category

DFL Nominates Misogynist; Planned Parenthood Not Happy

Monday, June 9th, 2008

On Saturday, the DFL nominated Al Franken to challenge Sen. Norm Coleman in spite of stiff opposition, including that of members of Minnesota’s Democrat Congressional delegation. Democrats fear that Franken’s past, which includes an article written for Playboy and jokes about rape, could cost them a great opportunity to pick up a Senate seat. […]

Well Done, Sen. McConnell

Friday, June 6th, 2008

In his first real show of leadership in a long time, Sen. John Cornyn, doubtless at the direction of Sen. Mitch McConnell, effectively shut down the Senate with a procedural move earlier this week, punishing Democrats for their inaction on judicial nominations. By objecting to a routing procedural motion, Cornyn forced the Senate clerk […]

Pearce Drops Wilson; Faces Uphill Battle

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Conservative Rep. Steve Pearce defeated moderate Rep. Heather Wilson on Tuesday, setting up a general election with Rep. Tom Udall. Pearce enjoyed nearly universal support from the conservative organizations that chose to get involved in the race, most notably the Club for Growth. He did, however, have to overcome a last minute endorsement […]

Finally Some Good News

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

After a long run of polls that showed, well, imminent disaster, a few newly released polls finally indicate that things, while still bad, may not be quite as bad as they looked. For starters, in North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole’s recent flex of her financial muscle via an ad buy is having the desired […]

Strong Leads in the Deep South

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Amid a spate of very troubling polls come two that show incumbents in Dixie holding strong. In Alabama, Sen. Jeff Sessions leads state Sen. Vivian Figures, who is not actively campaigning, 62-29. Sessions’ favorable/unfavorable ratings sit at 72/19 while the lesser known Figures actually has a remarkable 33/42 rating, with 24% undecided.
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KY, OR Dems Choose Nominees

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

On Tuesday, Senators Mitch McConnell and Gordon Smith learned who their Democrat opponents will be. In Kentucky, Democrats nominated two time gubernatorial primary loser Bruce Lunsford. In a poll released earlier this month, Lunsford trailed McConnell 48-36. He will have some fence-mending to do if he is to make the race competitive. […]

The Latest Signs of Trouble

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Two new polls released this week suggest that two more Senate seats have moved considerably in favor of the Democrats. In Alaska, it appears as though the already-too-long career of the poster-boy for earmark reform, Sen. Ted Stevens, is about to come to an end. Other polls have shown this race to be […]

Kleeb to Face Johanns

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Not content with their failure to recruit their two strongest possible candidates to face off with former Gov. Mike Johanns, Nebraska Democrats decided on Tuesday to nominate darling of the left-wing blogosphere Scott Kleeb rather than DSCC Chairman Chuck Schumer recruit businessman and former Republican Tony Raimondo. In fairness, Kleeb overperformed in Nebraska’s solidly […]

Polls Show Bottom May Fall Out

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Five polls in three states that were considered second or third-tier pick-up opportunities for Democrats suggest that the bottom may be falling out from under us. In North Carolina, Rasmussen Reports shows state Sen. Kay Hagan with a statistically insignificant lead over incumbent Sen. Elizabeth Dole. At first, I had hoped that […]

FRC Action Endorces Pearce

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Rep. Steve Pearce picked up the endorsement of the FRC’s political branch on Wednesday, thus bolstering his claim that he is the real conservative in the race to replace retiring Sen. Pete Domenici. Pearce, who has been among the best friends of social conservatives, earned the endorsement for his support of a ban on […]