Senate 2008 Guru: Following the Races

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

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Tuesday Rundown

  • Thanks to your generosity on the Expand the Map! ActBlue page, Tom Allen has crossed the $500 target and Andrew Rice has crossed the $3,000 target! Meanwhile, Larry LaRocco is only $73 away and Rick Noriega is only $88 away from the $1,000 target. Can we get Larry and Rick over the $1,000 hump? Again, thank you so much!

  • Minnesota: For the third fundraising quarter in a row, Al Franken outraised Norm Coleman, as Franken's $1.9 million Q4 take topped Coleman's $1.7 million. Nevertheless, Coleman still enjoys a cash-on-hand advantage of $6 million compared to Franken's $3.1 million. But if Franken keeps outraising Coleman, that cash-on-hand gap should narrow, just as the gap in the polls have.

  • Nebraska: I dare you to watch Mike Johanns introductory video without falling asleep. I dare you. In fact, I dare Mike Johanns to watch it without falling asleep.

  • Maine: The Kennebec Journal's retired editor is awfully mad about millions of dollars of waste and mismanagement in Iraq, but he doesn't blame Susan Collins. Maybe he should.

  • Mississippi: Cotton Mouth offers a thorough round-up of press from Ronnie Musgrove 2008 Senate campaign kick-off tour.

  • Kentucky: Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Horne is hustling around Kentucky campaigning for Senate. Kentucky's filing deadline is three weeks from today. Will Charlie Owen or Greg Fischer join Lt. Col. Horne? Given how promising Horne's candidacy is, it'd suit me just fine if they got behind him.

  • Virginia: The latest Rasmussen Reports poll on the 2008 Senate race sees popular former Governor Mark Warner beating Republican Jim Gilmore by 15 points, with roughly identical numbers to Rasmussen's findings from October.

  • Texas: Burnt Orange Report wonders when John Cornyn will debate his 2008 Republican Senate primary opponent, Larry Kilgore (who did score over 7% of the vote in the 2006 Republican gubernatorial primary). Also, according to their website, the Constitution Party Texas will field a 2008 Senate candidate, Alfred Adask. (Texas' filing deadline was January 2.)

  • 5 Comments:

    Blogger Friend for Life said...

    Thanks for keeping us all updated on the US Senate races. Larry Kilgore would very much like to debate Senator Cornyn on the issues.
    Angela Wittman
    Campaign Coordinator
    817 522-3951
    info@larrykilgore.com

    Texas independence!
    Biblical standards!
    Larry Kilgore for US Senate
    www.LarryKilgore.com

    3:00 PM, January 08, 2008  
    Blogger Friend for Life said...

    Update: Just came across this news:

    Cornyn, Kilgore both up for GOP Senate debate
    Austin American-Statesman

    Angela Wittman
    Campaign Coordinator
    817 522-3951
    info@larrykilgore.com

    Texas independence!
    Biblical standards!
    Larry Kilgore for US Senate
    www.LarryKilgore.com

    4:18 PM, January 08, 2008  
    Blogger Josh I said...

    Re: Johanns and his announcement video.

    It may put you to sleep. It may put him to sleep. But, as another Nebraska Republican Senator (the late Roman Hruska) said, ""Even if he is mediocre, there are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers. They are entitled to a little representation, aren't they? And a little chance? We can't have all Brandeises, Cardozos and Frankfurters and stuff like that there."

    Isn't it time for sleep-induncing bores to have some representation in the U.S. Senate, too?

    5:52 PM, January 08, 2008  
    Blogger The Sleep said...

    Here! Here! The one thing the US Senate lacks at the moment is sleep-inducing bores. Not since before the days of Cato and Cicero has that constituency been so unrepresented.

    It's so nice to find a quiet corner of the internet. Everywhere else is all clogged up with news about some kind of primary somewhere.

    9:45 PM, January 08, 2008  
    Blogger The Sleep said...

    PS: Nice analysis on MyDD btw. That was my theory as well. However people have mentioned the big turn-out among Democratic women and their last-minute shift to Hillary. I guess the math will tell the tale in the next couple of days. It's a heart-breaker, though -- as a gold star member of Democrats for Romney, the thought that we were this close to putting McCain away is almost too much to face.

    12:19 AM, January 09, 2008  

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