Kentucky: While Mitch McConnell clearly did not do enough for corrupt Ernie Fletcher either to put him over the top in the KY-Gov race (or avoid a landslide, for that matter) or even to appease potential 2008 Senate primary opponent Larry Forgy, he say quite a few nice things about the corrupt loser Fletcher that may come back to haunt him, including saying that Fletcher has "wonderful character" and that Fletcher somehow "won our respect." (Huh?!?!) The huge margin of victory for Governor-elect Steve Beshear as well as the breadth of Kentucky that went blue should serve as a bad omen for McConnell.
Also serving as a bad omen for McConnell is intensifying rumors that Auditor Crit Luallen is considering a 2008 Senate challenge. Why is that bad news for McConnell? Not only did Luallen just win re-election to the Auditor's office with about 60% of the vote, but a recent Rasmussen poll has Luallen down only 10 points on McConnell in a hypothetical match-up, and a recent Herald-Leader poll has Luallen down only 5 points. In both polls, Luallen holds McConnell to under 50.
Louisiana: Another reason to re-elect Senator Mary Landrieu: she secures funding for recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, even when the Bush administration doesn't lift a finger.
Minnesota: A brand new Survey USA poll again shows the Democrats breathing down Norm Coleman's neck: Coleman 48, Franken 44; Coleman 49, Ciresi 43.
Maine: Tom Allen has an op-ed in the Bangor Daily News where he asks tough questions about Iraq and offers clear positions. If Susan Collins had done either of those things several years ago, perhaps Maine and the U.S. would be better off.
North Carolina: Public Policy Polling has the first Democratic primary poll numbers that I've seen: State Senator Kay Hagan at 24%, businessman Jim Neal at 13%, and veteran John Ross Hendrix at 8%. WIth over 50% undecided, obviously this will be a very fluid race.
New Jersey: Jersey's state legislative elections gave Republicans no new reasons for optimism for 2008 in a race against Senator Frank Lautenberg, as the State Senate had a net gain of 1 Democrat and the State Assembly had a net gain of only 1 Republican (where Dems will hold at least a 48-32 advantage).
Nebraska: The NE-Sen race is getting a Green Party candidate. The guy got 3% in last year's state Auditor race.
New Mexico: According to the Santa Fe Reporter:
US Rep. Tom Udall, D-NM
Rep. Tom Udall has announced he’s “reconsidering” a bid for the US Senate seat being vacated by Pete Domenici. Buoyed by public polling that shows he’d wallop both of the announced Republican aspirants, Udall also looks like a good bet to beat Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez in the Democratic primary. That’s mostly because Udall’s progressive credentials are untarnished while Chavez’ are, well, tarnished after years of positioning himself as a quasi-Republican mayor. With cousin Mark Udall leading in the polls in Colorado’s open US Senate race, the second generation of America’s greenest political family might be in for a double win.