Archive for the 'Competitive Races' Category

Rick Santorum Redux

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Former New Hampshire Governor Jeanne Shaheen has decided to enter the 2008 Senate race against Sen. John Sununu.  I could attempt to spin this, saying that her popularity will wane between now and November 2008, that the voters have forgotten her liberal record, that Sununu beat her six years ago and he can beat her […]

Gordon Smith Catches a Break

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

It’s been a very tough summer for us, but finally we have some good news.  Former NEA Director John Frohnmayer announced that he will run for the seat as an independent.  In a poll taken last month, Frohnmayer took seven percent, suggesting that his candidacy could cause major problems for Democrat Jeff Merkley’s campaign.  An […]

Warner to Make it Official

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

It was a poorly kept secret on the internet, but now the traditional media has picked up on it: Former Virginia Governor Mark Warner will announce his candidacy for Senate tomorrow.  It was expected, but it’s still bad news.  Polls released yesterday showed Warner leading the two Republicans most likely to seek the seat, Rep. Tom […]

Go Pat Go! Go Pat Go!

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

That’s right!  According to The Hill, Patrick Buchanan is being discussed as a possible candidate for Senate in Virginia.  Unlike the other two likely candidates, Rep. Tom Davis and former Gov. Jim Gilmore, Buchanan is both an outspoken conservative and an aggressive campaigner.  His candidacy would be a welcome addition to the Republican field.
Buchanan distinguished himself […]

Hagel Makes It Official, Battle of Titans Likely

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Sen. Chuck Hagel made the announcement that was preported over the weekend official today, saying that he will not seek reelection next year.  While the decision does create a competitive race where there wasn’t one before, some good news came on the day of the announcement.  Gov. Dave Heineman said that he “fully expect(s)” former […]

Hagel to Announce Retirement Monday

Saturday, September 8th, 2007

Months after he made one of the most bizarre announcements in political history, Sen. Chuck Hagel is holding another press conference on his political future this Monday.  According to the Omaha World-Herald, he has decided to retire.  The decision, which many anticipated, puts the seat in play and expands the playing field further in the […]

Craig Reconsidering

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

Thanks in part to a phone call he received from Sen. Arlen Specter, embattled Sen. Larry Craig is reconsidering his decision to resign from the Senate at the end of this month.  Craig announced his intent to resign, but did not actually resign or file any paperwork to do so.  Craig has hired a crack legal […]

Craig Heading Out at End of September

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Sen. Larry Craig will announce his resignation tomorrow, effective September 30.  That runs the clock out to the end of the third quarter and will allow now Lt. Gov. Jim Risch, Craig’s likely replacement, a month to get his affairs in order and buy him three months to file an FEC report, as the third […]

Warner Retiring. What Now?

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Sen. John Warner announced this afternoon that he will not seek reelection.  Now all eyes turn to liberal Rep. Tom Davis, Warner’s favorite for his replacement.  Davis will likely not have the primary to himself, as former Gov. Jim Gilmore is also considered likely to run.  Such a primary would be bloody, and while many […]

Dead Man Walking

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Since the news of Sen. Larry Craig’s arrest broke yesterday, he has had a disastrous press conference, been removed from his committee assignments, had at least three elected officials call for his resignation, and seen a poll that says that a majority of Idahoans want him to resign.  That’s not death by a thousand cuts.  It’s more […]