Archive for the 'Non-Competitive Races' Category

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Johanns Nabs Chamber Endorsement

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

On Thursday, the US Chamber of Commerce endorsed former Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns in his race to replace retiring Republican Senator Chuck Hagel. The endorsement comes as no surprise as Johanns has been known as a tax cutter and a free trader. His opponents, on the other hand, look to government for solutions […]

Enzi to Seek Third Term

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Sen. Mike Enzi announced this morning that he will in fact seek a third term. Some thought he would retire in part because he was passed over for the Chairmanship of the Finance Committee not once but twice. Instead, it appears that he is quite happy working with new Sen. John Barrasso and […]

Merkley Gets Desperate

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Oregon House Speaker Jeff Merkley, whom the DSCC recruited to challenge Sen. Gordon Smith because Steve Novick, who was already in the race, wasn’t a strong enough candidate, knows that he is in serious trouble. The writing appeared on the wall with the release of a recent SurveyUSA poll that showed him trailing Candy […]

Sen. Enzi to Announce Plans on Saturday

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Sen. Mike Enzi, the last incumbent Senator this cycle to announce his plans, has scheduled a press conference in Gillette for this Saturday to do just that. For those reading tea leaves, that could mean that he plans to retire, as his previous announcements of his candidacy were Casper. Of course there were […]