Kentucky: Mitch McConnell is facing his worst approval ratings ever:
This month, for the first time, McConnell has a negative Net Job Approval — Minus 3. His approval rating is at 44%, the lowest since tracking began in May of 2005, and his disapproval is at an all-time high of 47%.McConnell's approval has even been steadily declining among Republicans over the last few months. Kos, tongue in cheek, wonders why:
So what's dragging him down? Is it his endemic corruption? Or is it his leadership of the hated GOP Senate caucus? Perhaps it's his inexplicable war on SCHIP. Or could it be his cheerleading for the failed war in Iraq? Maybe it's his local electoral failures -- first, in seeing his handpicked candidate go down in flames in the GOP gubernatorial primary, or maybe seeing him cozy up to the hated, unpopular, and ultimately ousted for Republican governor Ernie Fletcher.All of the above.
New Mexico: New Survey USA polling is out and Congressman Tom Udall is kicking butt! Udall is winning his primary by 30 points and beating both Republican Congresscritters by about 15 points apiece. NM-FBIHOP and MyDD offer further breakdown of the numbers by demographics.
Nebraska: The rumors are circulating that state Attorney General Jon Bruning will soon withdraw from the GOP's 2008 Senate primary, leaving chronic quitter Mike Johanns as the unquestionably presumptive nominee.
Virginia: Sure, I think Jim Gilmore is flopping right out of the gate. But I'm not the only one. Even conservatives think Gilmore is awful. Conservative Ramesh Ponnuru says, "I am amazed that this man was ever elected to anything." Perhaps Gilmore should be increasingly worried about Chris Saxman, who could not-impossibly upset Gilmore next year.
Louisiana: MyDD's Singer picks up on some good omens for Senator Mary Landrieu from the recent state legislative elections. Overall, Republicans picked up a couple seats, but Democrats retained the majority in both houses. So what are the especially good omens? Republicans had the winds in their favor more prominently than some realize.
Not only has Hurricane Katrina-related displacement negatively impacted Democrats in Louisiana more than Republicans, but "Democrats lost over half their incumbents due to term limits" and "Republican groups seeking the majority outspent Democrats two-to-one." While Louisiana is nominally shifting redder, for Republicans to have so many Democratic-held open seats to pursue and a 2-to-1 outside spending advantage and still not make more significant gains, it can definitely be taken as a sign that Senator Landrieu is less vulnerable than she is made out to be by some.
It doesn't hurt that Landrieu also enjoys a campaign fund of over $3 million and an approval rating clocked as high as 67% earlier this year.
Idaho: Larry LaRocco has a terrific new ad up. Help LaRocco afford lots more ads by contributing to his campaign!
Oregon: The Oregon College Democrats are not to be messed with. Meanwhile, Gordon Smith continues unabated with his unflinching record of double-talk on Iraq. Separately, House Speaker Jeff Merkley scored the endorsement of Oregon AFSCME, which represents 22,000 workers.
West Virginia: Happy birthday, Senator Byrd!
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