Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

Keeping a close eye on developments in the 2008 U.S. Senate races

Sunday, April 22, 2007

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  • Condolences to the family of Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald, who passed on earlier today from cancer.

  • Alabama: Ron Sparks' blogosphere buzz continues to garner positive press.

  • Texas: The DSCC takes in over a million dollars at one San Antonio fundraiser. It certainly suggests that the resources will be there for a Democratic challenger to John Cornyn.

  • Iowa: GOP Rep. Steve King doesn't appear to be preparing for a Senate bid, if his fundraising is any indication:

    If Rep. Steve King is about to launch a run for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Sen. Tom Harkin, there’s no sign of a fundraising overdrive in King’s most recent campaign finance report.

    King, who doesn’t tend to keep big balances in his campaign accounts, raised just $15,000 during the first three months of the year, almost all of it from political action committees. He spent about $30,000 and has $14,000 left in cash on hand, Federal Election Commission reports show.
    The Des Moines Register article also mentions that GOP Rep. Tom Latham "raised $143,000, spent $56,000 and has $214,000 in the bank." Those figures appear to be somewhat below-average for Q1 House members, but especially lackluster if Latham is, in fact, considering a Senate challenge. It is also a far cry from the more than $1 million raised by Senator Tom Harkin in Q1.

  • Headline of the day: "Bush administration awash in scandals"

  • Since Rich Little's gig at the White House Correspondents Association dinner seems to have fallen flat, check out last year's annihilating routine by Stephen Colbert. Twenty-four funny, sharp, eviscerating minutes.


    Blogger Blue South said...

    Every time I see the numbers that make you say "bad quarter" I am even further perplexed by John Warner's 1st quarter. Have we seen any actual comment explaining how they managed to raise such a small amount of money? It looks like some of these guys managed over 10,000 for a house campaign just by being in the seat.

    7:58 PM, April 22, 2007  

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