On the Expand the Map! ActBlue page, Tom Allen remains only $12, Larry LaRocco only $97, Rick Noriega only $112 from their next targets. Please chip in if you can! (C'mon, who's got $13 for Tom Allen to break the $500 barrier?)
Louisiana: Senator Mary Landrieu continues to look very strong for re-election, from a press release:
U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., will kick off the New Year with more than $4 million in the bank for her reelection effort -- double the net cash-on-hand she reported at this point in her last race. When official reports are filed later this month, she expects to report more than $1.1 million in fundraising for the last three months of 2007 alone.Senator Landrieu also scored the endorsement of prominent Louisiana Republicans, including St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis, Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph, and Plaquemines Parish Sheriff Jiff Hingle.
Oregon: Ugh. After running a story on primary debate negotiations, PolitickerOR changed their story, and eliminated the section from which I quoted in yesterday's post. Always very infuriating. I will not use that outlet as a source in the future. In other news, Speaker Jeff Merkley has scored yet another labor endorsement, the Association of Electrical Workers.
Kentucky: Mitch McConnell reported a fourth quarter take of $1.7 million, bringing his end-of-2007 cash-on-hand to $7.3 million.
Maine: A new year, but the same old Susan Collins. She continues to tow the George W. Bush line of endless war in Iraq.
Minnesota: A good omen.
Oklahoma: Iowa isn't the only state with enthused Democrats:
Thursday's gathering in Tulsa wasn't exactly a caucus, but it did generate a certain amount of excitement as a sort of Democratic pep rally.Let's keep that enthusiasm up!
"We would be remiss if we started the new year without a resolution that this will be the last year of Jim Inhofe in the U.S. Senate," [Tulsa County Chairwoman Elaine] Dodd told the crowd to a round of cheers.
State Sen. Andrew Rice, to date Inhofe's only Democratic challenger, was given a standing ovation.
"We're really early in this campaign, but people are acting like it's October," Rice said. "They're asking, 'Where is my yard sign?'"
Georgia: Has there ever been a Senator more extraneous than Saxby Chambliss?
While my Senate predictions are pretty spot-on, my predictions on the Iowa caucus were, charitably speaking, way off. There's a reason I don't run a blog called The Iowa Caucus Guru. Congratulations to Senator Obama for his victory (and for what I think is the best speech he has ever given). And much respect to Senators Biden and Dodd (the next Senate Majority Leader? hmmmm?), who are ending their Presidential campaigns, but have a great deal to continue offering in the Senate. And the record-shattering Democratic turnout should stand as a signal of not only enthused Democrats but also independents looking to vote Democratic.