Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

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

Friday, September 28, 2007

Friday Items

  • Please contribute via my new Expand the Map! ActBlue page. I have a very modest goal of 10 contributions for Larry LaRocco and 10 contributions for Andrew Rice by the end of today. Every dollar in Idaho and Oklahoma can go a very long way! Please help out.

  • Good ole' Club for Growth:

    In the Senate, the Club would like to take on Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens (R), a notorious earmarker whose legal woes are giving some hope for a primary challenge. ...

    It issued a poll last week showing Stevens losing handily to Gov. Sarah Palin (R) and this week criticized Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) votes for the Democrats’ appropriations bills.

    Stevens does not have a major potential primary challenger at this point, while some Kentucky GOP activists are trying to recruit former gubernatorial nominee Larry Forgy (R) to challenge McConnell.
    I can't imagine Palin will enter a primary againt Stevens simply because she wants to be Governor. But it might empower other Republicans to consider a primary bid.

  • Alaska: Speaking of Stevens, SSP's Trent Thompson offers further insights on the recent poll on Ted Stevens, noting that 45% say they are unlikely to vote for Teddy Tubes for re-election and only 43% say they are likely to vote to re-elect Stevens, down from 50% in June.

  • South Dakota: Senator Tim Johnson reiterates that he is "determined to run for re-election."

  • Oregon: Speaker Jeff Merkley snags the biggest out-of-state endorsement yet in the 2008 Senate race: Senator Jon Tester of Montana.

  • Texas: Speaking of endorsements, State Representative and Lieutenant Colonel Rick Noriega received the endorsement of VoteVets.

  • New Hampshire: Blue Hampshire notes that, while the Senate passed the anti-hate crimes amendment by a margin of 60-39 including the support of New Hampshire Republican Judd Gregg, Sprintin' John Sununu opposed it, making him the only New England Senator of either Party to do so.

  • Nebraska: Former Omaha Mayor Hal Daub is expected to exit the 2008 Republican Senate primary after only about two weeks. Early primary poll numbers did not look good for Daub. Nevertheless, don't let Daub's exit serve as an indicator about Jon Bruning's intentions, vis a vis Mike Johanns' entry. Bruning has given every indication that he is in it for the long haul - in fact, Daub's exit may strengthen Bruning's position if Daub's support came from the same anti-Hagel/Heineman/Johanns pool that Bruning's comes from.

  • Will John Cornyn and the rest of the Senate Republicans who flipped out over MoveOn.org's ad questioning the veracity and accuracy of General Petraeus' report on Iraq to the point that he filed a Senate resolution condemning it now also file and support a resolution condemning Rush Limbaugh for calling soldiers fighting in Iraq who want to see an end to the War "phony soldiers"? Or are John Cornyn and his ilk going to again demonstrate their unending hypocrisy?

  • 3 Comments:

    Blogger keyth955 said...

    Watchout for Lt. General David Poythress (D) Georgia for a possible run against Saxby Chambliss (R) Georgia in next year's senate race. Poythress who just retired as commander of the Georgia National Guard in Iraq recently was approached by chairwoman Jane Kidd of the Georgia Democratic Party about a run at Chambliss. He has a distinguished military career that dates back to vietnam. He also served in operation desert storm & desert shield. He was Georgia's Secretary of State from 1977 to 1982 & Labor Commissioner from 1990 to 1998 & ran for governor in 1998. This is a no brainer. If chammbliss is to be beatened in 2008 this man is just the person to send him packing back to moultrie. Let Chambliss do to David Poythress what he did to Max Cleland back in 2002 & see what will happen.

    3:00 PM, September 28, 2007  
    Blogger Senate2008Guru said...

    keyth - That would be very interesting. If not Cleland, I would love to see another military man call out Chambliss for the spineless chickenhawk that he is. Do you have any links to news stories mentioning this? Is it just a rumor going around for now?

    3:19 PM, September 28, 2007  
    Blogger Josh said...

    http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/9/28/15122/3781

    Front page on DailyKos right now.

    3:47 PM, September 28, 2007  

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