Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

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

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tuesday Quick Hits

  • Mississippi: Both former Mississippi Attorney General Mike Moore and former Governor Ronnie Musgrove say that a decision will come soon regarding a campaign for the Senate seat from which Trent Lott is resigning. Perhaps they are waiting on the kerfuffle over the scheduling of a special election to be resolved, a decision that would determine if we see a 90-day campaign or a year-long campaign. WaPo's Cillizza also notes that, in addition to Moore and Musgrove, Democratic former Rep. Ronnie Shows is mentioned as a possible candidate while current state Attorney General Jim Hood won't be a candidate; additionally, state Treasurer Tate Reeves joins GOP Rep. Roger Wicker on the oft-mentioned Republicans list.

  • Idaho: 43rd State Blues has video up of Larry LaRocco's speech at the recent Ada County JFK Banquet, where he discusses his campaign trail to the Senate and Idaho's need for a change in direction. It's worth a watch; LaRocco is one of the most comfortable and natural stump speakers I've seen in a while.

  • Minnesota: Also in the video vault, MN Publius has up footage of a recent rally of Veterans for Al Franken, featuring former Senator Bob Kerrey. Again, very worth watching. Franken is sharp and acerbic and has the audience rapt by a powerful message.

  • Oregon: Speaker Jeff Merkley takes a progressive, powerful stand in favor of the right to privacy and the freedom of choice.

  • Nebraska: New Nebraska Network gives us a two-fer. First, Kyle Michaelis hears the drum beat from Tony Raimondo for a Senate campaign (as a Democrat) getting louder. (FYI: Draft Kleeb!) Second, Ryan Anderson looks at how Scott Kleeb may already be winning the race-within-a-race over the message framing and media narratives of the 2008 Senate race.


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