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  • A Republican-led Senate still within grasp

    10/22/2012 3:15:17 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    Human Events ^ | 10/22/2012 | John Gizzi
    A Republican-led Senate still within graspFormer Wisconsin governor and now U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson By: John Gizzi  Follow @johngizzi10/22/2012 05:00 AMRESIZE: AAA Print Amid recent reports in the New York Times and other liberal publications that Republican efforts to regain the Senate in November are diminishing, the GOP is still on track to gain the four necessary seats to have control of the upper chamber beginning in January. The GOP could wind up with 52 seats.The New York Times cited contests in Arizona and Florida as getting out of reach for Republicans. But few in the punditocracy expect that...
  • In It For The Long Haul

    09/29/2012 6:52:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | September 29, 2012 | Kathryn Lopez
    If things were different, Wendy Long would be a household name. She'd be a heroine, and she'd be driving the election season. But Long is the Republican running for Senate in New York, where calculations were made long ago to ensure that Republicans don't win Hillary Clinton's old spot, the old Daniel Patrick Moynihan seat. But such plans don't have to pan out. Long is exactly the kind of woman the Senate needs. A former Supreme Court law clerk, she left private practice at an esteemed firm to build the Judicial Confirmation Network, a conservative advocacy group. This campaign is...
  • Conservatives pour new money into 6 Senate races

    09/27/2012 12:09:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 26, 2012 | AP Staff Writer
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A conservative super PAC has jumped back into the Indiana Senate race with a nearly $1 million ad buy highlighting Democratic nominee Joe Donnelly's support for two of President Barack Obama's policies. The Indiana buy is part of more than $6.4 million worth of air time that Crossroads GPS and American Crossroads bought this week in six Senate contests, according to Federal Election Commission records. The money also was dedicated to races in Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Nevada and Wisconsin.
  • New poll shows tight US Senate race in Mass.

    09/17/2012 9:04:35 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    A new poll shows Massachusetts’ closely-watched U.S. Senate race remains tight. The Suffolk University and WHDH-TV poll released Monday shows Democrat Elizabeth Warren is the choice of 48 percent of likely general election voters compared to 44 percent for incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown.
  • With Senate at stake, GOP waits on Akin’s next move, McCaskill goes on offense

    09/10/2012 9:05:04 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 81 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 9, 2012 | Rosalind S. Helderman and Jason Horowitz
    MARYVILLE, Mo. — Three weeks after Republican Rep. Todd Akin upended the national political landscape by claiming that pregnancies rarely result from “legitimate rape,” the race for Senate in this increasingly conservative state — and in many ways the battle for control of Congress’s upper chamber — has settled into a waiting game. A Sept. 25 deadline looms. That’s the last day Akin can petition Missouri courts to remove his name from the ballot — and comply with the near-universal calls from party leaders who think his comments have made unwinnable a seat they need for an easier path to...
  • Blunt, Ashcroft, Bond, Danforth, Talent issue joint statement calling on Akin to get out of the race

    08/21/2012 10:05:41 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 5 replies
    RT @meredithshiner: Blunt, Ashcroft, Bond, Danforth, Talent issue joint statement calling on @ToddAkin to get out of the race. #MOSen
  • Top 10 Most Likely GOP Senate Pick-Ups

    07/10/2012 7:16:08 AM PDT · by Qbert · 49 replies
    Human Events ^ | 7/7/2012 | Human Events
    Since the GOP is likely to lose Maine (Olympia Snowe’s seat) and have competitive races to defend seats in Massachusetts (Scott Brown) and Nevada (Dean Heller), they better hope to pickup five or six Democratic seats. Here are 10 seats currently held by the opposition that Republicans can win. 1. Nebraska (Open) With the retirement of Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson in a solid red state, Nebraska is ripe for a Republican pick-up. The GOP nominated a relatively fresh face in Deb Fischer, a rancher and state senator since 2004, while Democrats reached back to the far past and are recycling...
  • Top 10 most likely GOP Senate pick-ups

    07/09/2012 11:54:58 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 54 replies
    Since the GOP is likely to lose Maine (Olympia Snowe’s seat) and have competitive races to defend seats in Massachusetts (Scott Brown) and Nevada (Dean Heller), they better hope to pickup five or six Democratic seats. Here are 10 seats currently held by the opposition that Republicans can win...
  • New poll finds Heitkamp, Berg deadlocked in Senate race

    06/08/2012 7:17:12 AM PDT · by AuH2ORepublican · 32 replies
    INFORUM ^ | June 7, 2012 | Kristen Daum
    FARGO – A new independent poll released today indicates North Dakota’s U.S. Senate race is a dead heat between Republican Rep. Rick Berg and Democrat Heidi Heitkamp. Fargo-based Valley News Live and Bismarck-based KFYR-TV commissioned a poll of 625 likely North Dakota voters this week, just days before the statewide primary election. The poll found Heitkamp with 47 percent of the support from likely general election voters, while Berg had 46 percent. Seven percent remain undecided in the race, with about five months left until November. Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, of Washington, D.C., conducted the telephone survey June 4-6. The...
  • For Tea Party, Focus Turns to Senate and Shake-Up

    05/13/2012 1:35:24 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 12, 2012 | JENNIFER STEINHAUER and JONATHAN WEISMAN
    Richard E. Mourdock, who last week defeated Senator Richard G. Lugar, a six-term incumbent, promises to bring an uncompromising ideology to Capitol Hill if he prevails in November. And he is not the only Senate candidate who contends that Senate Republicans are badly in need of new blood. In Arizona, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas, Republican Senate candidates are vying for the mantle of Tea Party outsider. A number of them say that they would seek to press an agenda that is generally to the right of the minority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, and that they would demand a...
  • Do the math: Senate could shift Republican in 2012

    04/25/2012 10:36:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 36 replies
    Human Events ^ | 04/23/2012 | John Gizzi
    Link to an oversize Senatorial map in a new window Less than 200 days before the November elections, Republicans are brimming with confidence about gaining at least the four seats they need to put the U.S. Senate in their column. With 47 Republican senators and 53 Democrats, the number of seats up for election clearly point to the much-desired GOP net gain of four and then some. There are 35 Senate seats are up for grabs this fall, with 10 held by Republicans and 25 by the Democrats. Of that 25, six Democratic senators are retiring: Akaka (Hawaii), Nelson (Neb.),...
  • K Street and Tea Party again fight for soul of GOP

    04/18/2012 7:28:20 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 4 replies ^ | 18 Apr 2012 | Timothy P. Carney
    Big business and the Tea Party are at swords' points once again, with GOP Senate primaries for the second straight election becoming proxy battles in the war over the soul of the Republican Party. Conservative insurgents pose serious threats this year to establishment Republicans in at least three open-seat Senate races. In every case, political action committees and lobbyists have hugely favored the establishment pick with contributions. One reason: The GOP establishment rallies industry donors behind the Republican seen as stronger in November. A deeper reason: The revolving-door clique of K Street and Capitol Hill operatives needs Republicans elected to...
  • Senate Democrats In Mortal Danger

    03/22/2012 5:42:33 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 51 replies
    Dick Morris.Com ^ | March 22, 2012 | Dick Morris
    To understand the full dimensions of the coming Republican landslide, one needs look no further than the Senate races around the country. Because the presidential race is obscured by the heat of the Republican primary, the scale of the coming upheaval is less evident in presidential polling. But a survey of the key Senate races suggests not just a GOP victory, but a total rout. According to the usually very reliable polling by Scott Rasmussen, Republican candidates are currently leading their Democratic opponents in seven races for seats currently held by Democrats. (Florida, Missouri, Nebraska, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, and...
  • What? California's Dianne Feinstein in poll trouble too?

    09/16/2011 6:36:24 AM PDT · by tje · 38 replies
    LA Times ^ | September 16, 2011 | Andrew Malcolm
    Oh, no! Another Democratic senator in possible election trouble for 2012. And from California already? A new Field Poll just released this morning brings news that California's Sen. Dianne Feinstein is -- how can we put this in a liberal kind of way? -- approved by 41% of voters who want to see her reelected next year. Unfortunately for her, more voters (fully 44%) disapprove of her continued employment in the U.S. Senate after 2012. In blue California that makes for about a magnitude 5.2 quake. The same poll finds that only 41% approve of Feinstein's job in Washington, while...
  • Sen. Jim Webb announces retirement plans (RAT Virginia)

    02/09/2011 9:43:37 AM PST · by Islander7 · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Feb 9, 2011 | By DAVID ESPO,
    WASHINGTON – Democratic Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia announced plans to retire at the end of his term, deepening the challenge to his party as it struggles to maintain a majority in 2012 elections. In an e-mail announcement, Webb said he would return to the private sector, but offered no additional details of his plans.
  • This GOP Senator Is Ready To Take Down The Tea Party

    02/03/2011 2:53:24 PM PST · by blam · 87 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 2-3-2011 | Grace Wyler
    This GOP Senator Is Ready To Take Down The Tea Party Grace Wyler Feb. 3, 2011, 4:20 PM Image: scriptingnews via Flikr Veteran GOP Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana has thumbed his nose at Tea Party threats. The Hoosier State Republican knows they are coming after his Senate seat in 2012 but he is not going down without a fight. Lugar, who has served six terms in the Senate, has $2.3 million in his campaign war chest, which likely puts him far ahead of any potential primary challengers. But the 78-year old says he is kicking his fundraising up a...
  • Denny Rehberg to Announce Senate Bid Saturday

    02/01/2011 11:41:14 AM PST · by Harley · 25 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Feb 1, 2011 | Kyle Trygstad
    Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) will announce Saturday he is challenging Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.). “It’s happening Saturday,” said a knowledgeable Montana GOP political operative. “He’s running. There is a lot of support and enthusiasm back home, and Denny knows he can win.”
  • BREAKING: Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) to announce retirement Tuesday, sources say

    01/18/2011 6:55:14 AM PST · by sunmars · 79 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Washington Post
    North Dakota Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad plans to announce his retirement today, according to two informed Democratic sources, creating a potentially prime pickup opportunity for Republicans in a GOP-leaning state. Conrad, who currently chairs the Senate Budget Committee, has been in office since 1986 and risen to become one of the most influential -- and intellectual -- policy makers operating in the nation's capital. Conrad had been open about his ambivalence about running for another term and those doubts almost certainly increased following a 2010 election that decimated the Democratic party. Former Sen. Byron Dorgan retired in the face of...
  • LePage Says He'll Back Snowe Against Primary Challenge

    12/10/2010 7:37:36 AM PST · by Crichton · 11 replies
    FOX 23 ^ | Dec 8, 2010 | News 13
    Senator Snowe has recently come under criticism from conservatives, who say she's not conservative enough. LePage, who's a favorite among the die-hard conservatives in Maine, says he'll continue to support Snowe, who -- along with her late husband Peter Snowe -- helped a young LePage get into Husson College. Growing up, LePage only spoke French and not much English, so Peter Snowe helped LePage take Husson's entrance exams in French, opening the door to his education that put him on the track leading him to business success, and now the Blaine House.
  • Lugar not too worried about a possible Tea Party challenge emerging in 2012

    11/23/2010 7:00:07 AM PST · by kingattax · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/22/10 | J. Taylor Rushing
    Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) appears to be daring the Tea Party to challenge him in the 2012 Senate primary. While most of his GOP colleagues are heeding the advice of their Senate campaign chiefs and preparing for conservative primary challengers, Lugar is bucking his party on several high-profile issues. Last week, he split with Senate Republicans, rejecting a voluntary, two-year ban on congressional earmarks.
  • Tea Party sets sights on Dick Lugar (Senior Senator (R) from Indiana)

    11/12/2010 4:40:33 PM PST · by DemforBush · 46 replies
    WISH TV 8 (Indianapolis) ^ | 11/12/10 | jim shella
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - There were no major Tea Party victories in Indiana in last week's election. Could that change in 2012? Tea Party members have targeted GOP Senator Richard Lugar and here are a couple of things to consider...
  • Democrats not the only ones nervous in the Senate for 2012

    11/11/2010 1:26:19 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | NOVEMBER 11, 2010 | ED MORRISSEY
    Now that the Tea-nami has swept through the House of Representatives, the activists in the Tea Party are already looking at 2012. Democrats will be especially vulnerable in that cycle, as they have to defend 23 seats while Republicans only have to defend 10. Most see the dynamic of 2012 as a return of the Senate to GOP control, especially if the economy continues to stagnate for another year, as most economists predict. But as Shira Toeplitz reminds us at Politico, Democrats aren’t the only members of the Class of 2006 looking over their shoulders: Another bloody Republican Senate primary...
  • Maine's Snowe next 'tea party' target? (Snowe voted for Obama's Porkulus Maximus)

    11/11/2010 7:49:59 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2010-11-08 | Seth McLaughlin
    Republicans last week painted the country's northeastern corner red last week, grabbing control of the state House, Senate and governor's mansion in Maine for the first time in more than four decades in a stunning electoral sweep. But the GOP wins might be worrisome news for the state's GOP senior senator, opening up the possibility of a 2012 primary challenge to moderate three-term Sen. Olympia J. Snowe now that state voters have shown that a fiscal conservative can win in a statewide contest. "There is going to be a primary, and she is going to have at least one 'tea...
  • GOP senators see threat on right (Hatch, Snowe running scared as the RINO hunt continues)

    11/11/2010 7:56:42 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | 2010-11-10 | Shira Toeplitz
    Another bloody Republican Senate primary election season is taking shape for 2012, with potentially serious intra-party challenges percolating in close to a half-dozen states. Polls indicate that at least two veteran GOP senators are highly vulnerable to challenges on their right flank — Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe – and there are rumblings about potential GOP bids against Nevada Sen. John Ensign, Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar as well. On the whole, the 2012 map looks extremely promising for the GOP. After posting a six-seat gain in 2010, Republicans are in...
  • Nelson: Likely To Run, GOP: It could Be Rocky

    11/09/2010 12:44:30 PM PST · by NEMDF · 29 replies ^ | 11/9/2010 | AP/
    Nebraska Democrat, Senator Ben Nelson, says he plans to seek re-election in 2012. The Nebraska Republican Party Tuesday released a poll suggesting it could be a tough race for the Senator.
  • GOP taking aim at Bill Nelson, the last Democrat standing

    11/09/2010 8:09:50 AM PST · by Crichton · 26 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 11/8/2010 | Mark K. Matthews
    WASHINGTON — Florida Republicans walked away from last Tuesday's election in control of every major statewide office save one — the U.S. Senate seat of Democrat Bill Nelson. And if the GOP gets its way, that final stronghold will fall when Nelson runs for re-election in 2012. Several Republicans have hinted that they might challenge the two-term senator, including incoming state Senate President Mike Haridopolos of Merritt Island and U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, whose temporary appointment ends in January when senator-elect Marco Rubio is sworn in. .... Beyond LeMieux and Haridopolos, other potential GOP candidates include U.S. Reps. Vern Buchanan...
  • Snowe removal in 2012?

    11/09/2010 4:45:37 AM PST · by chickadee · 67 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11-9-2010 | Marc A. Thiessen
    She wasn't on the ballot last week, but Tuesday was a bad night for Sen. Olympia Snowe. With conservative insurgents taking on GOP incumbents across the country, Snowe is a prime target for a Tea Party challenge in 2012. To fend off such a challenge, Snowe might have pointed to the failed candidacy of Christine O'Donnell in Delaware and warned Tea Party activists that if they want to hand a Republican seat to the Democrats the best way to do it would be to replace her on the ballot. But that argument lost some of its currency when Tea Party...
  • The Most Endangered Senate Seats in 2012

    11/09/2010 5:50:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 99 replies · 2+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 9, 2010 | Adam Graham
    Democrats have many more seats to defend (23-10), but several GOP moderates may be exposed to primary challenges. The 2010 election campaign is over, but 2012 is nearly upon us. Within weeks, we will know the candidates for president, and within months, preparations will begin for the 2012 Senate races. Which Senate seats are likely to be in play? Some of this will depend on how the next Congress shakes out, as well as what retirements occur, but several senators are already in danger.Republican in danger of general election loss: Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) shocked the political world by winning...
  • Heineman: No 2012 Senate bid [Nebraska]

    11/05/2010 6:37:31 AM PDT · by Crichton · 16 replies
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | 11/5/2010 | Paul Hammel and Robynn Tysver
    LINCOLN — Gov. Dave Heineman dropped a post-election bombshell on Thursday, saying he was forgoing a run for U.S. Senate in 2012. Advertising “The Senate's not my cup of tea,” said Heineman, who was re-elected Tuesday by a landslide to a final four-year term. “I have the best job in America. Why would I give that up?” Heineman said at a press conference. The decision by the 62-year-old Republican set off a scramble among potential GOP replacements. ... Attorney General Jon Bruning jumped to the front of the line, announcing shortly after Heineman's decision that he would hold a State...
  • McClellan: Republicans wanna be like Roy [Missouri 2012]

    11/08/2010 7:22:55 AM PST · by Crichton · 22 replies (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) ^ | 11-8-2012 | Bill McClellan
    In the words of a prominent Missouri Republican, Claire McCaskill is the new glittery object. Actually, her U.S. Senate seat is. The Republicans are mesmerized by it. They covet it. Who will get the chance to try to take it? Let's preview the Republican fight for the 2012 senatorial nomination. We should start with the Big Two — Ann Wagner and Jim Talent. ... Now let's get to some of the other names that are being bandied about. Sam Graves is the congressman in Missouri's 6th District, in the northwest part of the state. The district includes part of Kansas...
  • You think ’10 was tough? Check out ’12

    11/04/2010 5:54:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 68 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 11/3/2010 | J Taylor Rushing
    For the first time in two cycles, Democrats will have more seats up for grabs than the Republicans, and the party could see its shrunken majority erased altogether. Several of the senators up for reelection came in on the 2006 Democratic wave, when the party picked up six GOP seats and won control of the chamber. Sens. Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Jim Webb (D-Va.) defeated GOP incumbents that year but will have to win reelection in 2012. And two senators who won special elections Tuesday, Joe Manchin...
  • Looking ahead to 2012 [Senate races...]

    11/03/2010 7:57:28 AM PDT · by Bulwinkle · 45 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Nov. 3, 2010
    Senate Democrats could face an even greater challenge two years from now when they must defend numerous seats in swing states, albeit with President Obama on the ballot...[see the graphic]
  • 2012 Senate Forecasts—The First Look

    11/03/2010 6:12:42 PM PDT · by RobFromGa · 71 replies · 1+ views
    self | November 3, 2010 | RobFromGa
    2012 Senate Forecasts—The First Look Dateline: Day after election 2010 By: RobFromGa Since the 2010 Senate races are now almost all decided (only WA and AK remain), it is time to look forward to the 2012 Senate Races where the Dems are going to have a tough slate to defend. The Dems need to defend 21 seats to only 10 for the GOP (there are two independents as well-- Lieberman and Sanders who both caucus with the Dems so the Dem caucus is actually defending 23 to only 10 for the GOP) Some history about the 2006 Midterms for...