Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

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

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Tuesday Quick Hits


  • Idaho: I find it very interesting that the National Republican Senatorial Committee has not put out an official statement regarding Larry Craig's resignation announcement on Saturday. If you look at the graphic to the right, you see that their last statement was from Friday, on Senator John Warner's retirement announcement. But their "In the News" section has items as recent as today. I mean, c'mon NRSC, the Craig resignation announcement was kind of a big story that might affect your organization, seeing how its goal is to elect Republicans to the U.S. Senate and all. You might want to put out a statement.

  • Virginia: Popular former Governor Mark Warner will "make an announcement in about a week" regarding upcoming political endeavors. (Gov. Warner, please run for Senate!)

  • New Hampshire: Popular former Governor Jeanne Shaheen's husband Bill, her de facto spokesman, expects that she will have a decision made regarding a 2008 Senate campaign by the end of September.

  • Delaware: Senator Joe Biden has made it clear that he will run for re-election to the Senate in 2008 concurrent with his Presidential campaign. The DE-GOP says that it is in talks with a potential Republican opponent, but Rep. Mike Castle says it is not him.

  • When Robert Novak, a man likened to Count Dracula more frequently than anyone in American history except for Bela Lugosi, dubs Republicans the "Grim Old Party," you know times are tough for the GOP.

  • 3 Comments:

    Blogger Matthew said...

    I think there's a better than even chance that Mark Warner runs for Senate... the Democrats still have some very good candidates that can win the Governer's seat and can challenge and beat James "Fiscal Train Wreck" Gilmore or George "Macaca" Allen or Bob "I went to Regent University" McDonnell should any of those candidates decide to run for Governor of Virginia... if Mark Warner thought it would be difficult for Democrats to retain the Governorship, then he might back out of the Senate race... but with that bench of Republican candidates I just mentioned, I think it's safe to say that the Democratic party will continue its hold on the Virginia Governor... Virginia has changed and those right-wingers just don't fit this state anymore.

    11:21 PM, September 04, 2007  
    Blogger VA Blogger said...

    The only three candidates I've heard of for Governor are Brian Moran, Creigh Deeds, and Don Beyer. Please tell me you don't honestly think one of those three are going to coast to the Governor's Mansion in 2009? Especially after eight years of Democrats in charge.

    12:13 AM, September 05, 2007  
    Blogger Johnny C said...

    Va blogger,

    I don't think any serious observer thinks that any statewide candidate of either party will coast to any victory in a race for any office any time soon in Virginia. The growing split between NOVA and rural Virginia and the blue trend of the state will make most races competitive for the forseeable future.

    And note I did not call Virginia a blue state I said it had a blue trend. No doubt it still has a Republican PVI but clearly a good Dem campaign can win in Va.

    Lastly, I guess you and I will have to agree to disagree about Deeds. He lost by the smallest of margins and I think he is a good candidate who will be better next time around. If I am not mistaken the two most recent occupants of the White House have losing congressional races on their resumes and say what you want but both Bill Clinton and George Bush have proven to be good candidates.
    Losing a race can make a candidate better.

    10:53 AM, September 05, 2007  

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