Archive for the 'West Virginia' Category

Byrd Weakening

Saturday, August 5th, 2006

Robert Novak reports today that Sen. Robert “KKK” Byrd´s failing health is now forcing him to vote from the well of the Senate for the first time during his near-half century career.  With opponent John Raese´s campaign failing to pick up steam, Byrd´s death is likely the only way that this seat would end up […]

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 […]

For Senate: Hiram Lewis

Monday, May 8th, 2006

As I have said before, the West Virginia Senate race is a long-shot at best, unless of course the Grim Reaper beats Sen. Robert KKK Byrd before a Republican has the chance.  Even so, as the Democrats nearly proved in Kentucky in 2004, it is always wise to have a strong candidate just in case, […]

Dan Mongiardo: 2006 Edition

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

In 2004, the math-be-damned Kos Dozen showed just how much time and money can be wasted with a fatally flawed “challenge every race” strategy.  Like it or not, the actual number of House and Senate races that are or can be competitive is much smaller than the total number of races.  As such, most races get almost […]

Death v. Byrd

Sunday, November 13th, 2005

In the latest failure by NRSC head Elizabeth Dole, former West Virginia University basketball coach Gale Catlett announced on Friday that he will not challenge Sen. Robert KKK Byrd next year. The announcement leaves the 88 year old Senator just one remaining viable foe in his eighth reelection bid, death. Those who have seen him […]

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 […]

Ireland Out; Catlett Only Hope

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

Elizabeth Dole’s latest failure is her inability to convince West Virginia Secretary of State Betty Ireland to challenge Sen. Robert KKK Byrd. Though she would only have been in office for two years, Ireland proved her political metal when she defeated Ken Hechler by nearly 30,000 votes, making her the only victorious GOP candidate in […]

Byrd Season Opens

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

Today the NRSC unveiled its first ad of the 2006 cycle. (Remember, though, DO NOT CONTRIBUTE to the NRSC until every judge gets an up-or-down vote!!!) The ad attacks Sen. Robert “KKK” Byrd for the dramatic changes in his positions from his early years in the Senate, including but not limited to his shift against […]