Approval Ratings and Other News
On the Republican side:
Norm Coleman: 53-41 (48-43)
John Cornyn: 43-40 (45-42)
Pete Domenici: 54-38 (68-25)
Mitch McConnell: 53-40 (54-39)
Pat Roberts: 48-39 (51-36)
Jeff Sessions: 54-36 (58-32)
Gordon Smith: 51-41 (54-37)
John Warner: 55-33 (60-28)
On the Democratic side:
Tom Harkin: 57-38 (53-40)
John Kerry: 54-41 (48-50)
1) It's good to see both Harkin and Kerry doing better, not that I was "worried" about either; just good to see a positive trend among Democrats.
2) Anybody who thinks that Domenici's role in the Attorney Purge Scandal isn't hurting him isn't paying attention. Domenici goes from 68-25 to 54-38, a 27-point swing in five months, and the Scandal is the only explanation. Let's see how long the trend continues and how low Domenici can go.
3) Cornyn is at 43-40. Absolutely toxic by any sensible standards. Anybody want to claim that the net positive 3-points is good?
4) Except for Coleman, all Republicans are down from last November.
What’s more interesting to me is that there are major rumblings that Cornyn is going to receive a challenge from within his own party. Names mentioned so far in that department include Lt. Governor David Dewhurst.That would be something to see. Cornyn's approval is tanking at 43-40. (Compare that with Kay Bailey Hutchison's 63-31.) Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst just won his 2006 race by a 58-37 margin. And, recalling the 2006 Texas gubernatorial race, the Lone Star State is no stranger to statewide electoral scrums. Definitely something to keep an eye on.