Mary Landrieu in Better Shape Than I Thought
Republican Congressmen Charles Boustany and Jim McCrery have both taken their names out of the running to challenge Landrieu. On top of that, against Louisiana Secretary of State Jay Dardenne, in "a Jan. 12 through Jan. 14 statewide poll of 600 likely voters, Landrieu garnered 53 percent of the vote to Dardenne’s 38 percent." Given how much focus has been given to the "Landrieu is the most vulnerable Democratic Senator" storyline, as well as the shifting demographics in Louisiana due to Hurricane Katrina-related displacement, a 53-38 showing is very reassuring.
The article notes that "U.S. Rep. Richard Baker, R-Baton Rouge, has said he has been approached by Republican Party officials to consider a run against Landrieu." Further, if Rep. Bobby Jindal doesn't win his LA-Gov race race this year, he might run for the Senate seat; so, polling matching up Landrieu vs. Baker/Jindal would give a more complete picture of the race. Nevertheless, 53-38 is a solid enough starting point for Landrieu vs. the competition to hold her seat. (Hat tip: Blue Sunbelt)