Archive for the 'Nebraska' Category

After Labor Day: Where Things Stand

Monday, September 11th, 2006

Now that Labor Day has passed, the campaigns enter their final stretch.  Here’s a quick glance at where things stand going into the home stretch:
Republican Held Seats
Arizona - Despite dipping deep into his personal fortune, former Democrat State Party Chair Jim Pederson has been unable to cut into Sen. Jon Kyl’s solid lead.  Democrats were once […]

Republicans Nominate Ricketts, Raese

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

In what must be said is a big win for party machinery, Republicans today chose Pete Ricketts and John Raese as the Party┬┤s Senate nominees in Nebraska and West Virginia.  Both faced serious opposition, but managed to win by reasonable margins.  As their challengers would have, the nominees both face steep uphill fights against relatively […]

Nelson (NE) Looking Safe

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Sen. Ben Nelson, who should be among the Senate’s most vulnerable incumbents, currently has an 18 point lead over his nearest rival, Pete Ricketts.  The lead is a combined result of Nelson’s ability to position himself as easily the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, Elizabeth Dole’s inability to convince a top tier challenger, i.e. […]

First Quarter Filings

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

The Hill has an excellent roundup of Senate fundraising numbers for the first quarter.
Some observations:
Arizona - Jim Pederson has not invested the money that he would have needed to make this competitive.  He has already spent over $1 million and has fallen in the polls.  The Democrats might have had a chance to win this.  That is no longer […]

Ricketts Files, Focuses on Pork

Monday, February 6th, 2006

Republican frontrunner Pete Ricketts filed the requisite papers for his Senate race today, focusing on the need to cut pork from the budget.  His comments closely mirror those of his nearest rival, former GOP State Party Chair David Kramer.  Ricketts leads the three Republican candidates in fundraising and has most of the DC establishment behind […]

It’s All Over But the…

Tuesday, January 17th, 2006

Via Confirm Them, Senator Ben Nelson is the first Democrat to announce that he will vote to confirm Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.  The announcement comes early, even before the Judiciary Committee has voted on the nomination.   Taken together with Specter’s support, this ensures beyond any doubt that Alito will soon replace Sandra […]

Outlook 2006

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

Over at NRO, John Miller summarizes the competitive 2006 Senate races. So I’ll take the opportunity to do likewise.
Safe Dem (11)
New Mexico
New York
North Dakota
West Virginia - If Gale Catlett enters and Byrd continues deteriorating publicly, this could get interesting. If not, KKK stays put.
Likely Dem (4)
Florida - Rep. Harris’s primary asset was supposed to be […]

Outlook 2006

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004

The 2006 Senate races present an opportunity for Republicans to further expand their majority. Democrats in Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, and Nebraska will face tough reelections, while vulnerable Republicans include Republicans In Name Only Lincoln Chafee (RI), Olympia Snowe (ME), and Senator Mudd, aka Rick Santorum (PA). At worst, the Republican majority will narrow, but conservative […]