Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

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

Monday, July 30, 2007

Monday Tidbits

  • Meteor Blades updates us on "Iraq by the Numbers." Truly chilling.

  • New Hampshire: The New Hampshire Democratic Party has put up StopSununu.com - its purpose is self-explanatory. Check it out!

  • Oregon: Gordon Smith's economic policies promise to create jobs. In reality, though, Gordon Smith's economic policies benefit the companies that are laying off workers.

  • Kentucky: The protest against Mitch McConnell continues around the clock.

  • Alabama: In its first post in a month and a half, Blue Sparks in Alabama wonders if there is still a chance for a 2008 Senate candidacy for Commissioner Ron Sparks. Though only ajar very slightly, the door is not sealed shut.

  • Kansas: In a shout-out to McCarthyism, the KS-GOP has reportedly established a "Loyalty Committee." This follows earlier reports of the KS-GOP's Unity Pledge.

  • It really is impressive how many Senators won despite being outspent by their opponent:

    AZS2
    Jon L. Kyl (R-AZ) $11,515,904
    Jim Pederson (D-AZ) $12,314,616

    MDS1
    Ben Cardin (D-MD) $6,178,734
    Michael Steele (R-MD) $6,249,753

    MNS2
    Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) $7,383,982
    Mark Kennedy (R-MN) $8,653,298

    MOS2
    Claire McCaskill (D-MO) $8,475,845
    James M. Talent (R-MO) $19,408,892

    MTS1
    Jon Tester (D-MT) $3,798,401
    Conrad Burns (R-MT) $7,528,560

    NES1
    Ben Nelson (D-NE) $7,497,973
    Pete Ricketts (R-NE) $11,302,078

    OHS1
    Sherrod Brown (D-OH) $8,954,433
    Mike DeWine (R-OH) $11,807,805

    PAS2
    Bob Casey (D-PA) $13,666,117
    Rick Santorum (R-PA) $24,101,782

    RIS1
    Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) $4,423,607
    Lincoln D. Chafee (R-RI) $4,532,329

    VAS1
    James Webb (D-VA) $4,222,625
    George Allen (R-VA) $13,435,527

    VTS1
    Bernie Sanders (I-VT) $5,390,243
    Richard E. Tarrant (R-VT) $6,510,341
    I'm not saying that it's good to have less campaign cash available, obviously. I'm just saying that you don't have to outspend your opponent to win. Heck, Jim Talent and Rick Santorum spent over $10 million more than Claire McCaskill and Bob Casey, and George Allen outspent Jim Webb by over $9 million. Money isn't everything. (But it helps!) (HT: Left in Alabama)

  • 1 Comments:

    Blogger Peter said...

    It felt awfully good phonebanking for McCaskill the night before the election because we knew that no matter how much Jim "no" Talent spent, he couldn't overcome the people with his money.

    5:31 PM, July 30, 2007  

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