Archive for the 'North Carolina 08' Category

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 […]

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 […]

Dole Climbs Over 50

Monday, December 17th, 2007

For the first time this cycle, Sen. Elizabeth Dole tops the 50% mark against both Democrats in the field.  Dole leads Democrat front-runner Kay Hagan 51-39, also topping Jim Neal 52-37.  These numbers don’t mean that Dole is safe, but she’s certainly looking strong.
Democrats had first hoped to convince Gov. Easley to run, but he took […]

NC Dems Settle for Hagan

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

After failing to recruit Gov. Easley, any of the state’s Democrat Congressmen, and even a little-known state legislator, Democrats have finally settled for a little-known state Senator.  Kay Hagan will challenge Sen. Elizabeth Dole next year.  This is especially odd in light of the fact that she said earlier this month that she would not […]

Dole Catches a Break

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Democrat State Rep. Grier Martin has decided to take a pass on a Senate race, becoming the latest in a series of Democrats that includes the Governor and the state’s Democrat Congressmen to opt out of a bid.  The decision leaves Democrats with little known fundraiser Jim Neal, who will likely be nothing more than […]

KS, NC Dems Look to Sacraficial Lambs

Friday, September 7th, 2007

In signs that suggest that they are ready to concede the two races, Democrats in Kansas and North Carolina are looking to long shot candidates.  In Kansas, Democrats are now looking to former Congressman Jim Slattery, who moved to Washington after suffering a lobsided defeat in his 1994 Gubernatorial race.  Incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts had nearly […]

Schumer Whiffs Again

Monday, June 25th, 2007

The DSCC has failed yet again to snag a competitive challenger, this time in North Carolina.  Today, Rep. Brad Miller announced that he will not challenge Sen. Elizabeth Dole next year.  Schumer had earlier tried to get Gov. Easley into the race, but he opted out, well aware that it would be extremely difficult even […]

Dems Expanding Playing Field?

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Sen. Elizabeth Dole got a break when Gov. Mike Easley decided not to challenge her.  Now, though, the Democrats may have found another challenger in Rep. Brad Miller.  Miller canceled the kickoff of his House campaign to reconsider a Senate bid.  He’s  is no Easley, but the third term Democrat has managed to win in a reasonably […]

Easley Out; Dole Looking Strong

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Gov. Mike Easley announced last week that he will not challenge Sen. Elizabeth Dole.  The decision comes as a great relief to the GOP, as Dole has trailed in recent polling.  While not among the country`s most popular Senators, Dole is now looking pretty good, as other potential challengers trail her by as many as 15 points.  […]

Dole Declares for Reelection

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

Sen. Dole, the inept head of the NRSC for the 2006 cycle, has declared that she will seek reelection in 2008.  Dole burned many a bridge with conservatives by going all out in support of Sen. Lincoln Chafee in his primary against conservative Steve Laffey, and starts the race with an abysmal warchest.  While remaining […]