April 20, 2004

THE FIRST PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY OF 2008:

Frist funnels campaign cash to Daschle foe (NANCY ZUCKERBROD, 4/19/04, Associated Press)

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., is relying on his fund-raising strength to try to oust his Democratic rival - Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D.

Frist has helped funnel more than $150,000 so far this year to Republican John Thune, who is trying to unseat the three-term Daschle in what is expected to be one of the most competitive Senate races. In 2002, Thune lost to Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson by 524 votes in South Dakota, a Republican-leaning state that President Bush won handily two years earlier.


This is the Senate seat that Mr. Frist can match up against those obtained by Bill Owens (CO), Mitt Romney and Arnold.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 20, 2004 7:39 AM
Comments

Helping to defeat Daschle would be a bigger plum than wins in CO, MA, or CA. Then again given how close Thune came in 2002 and with Bush heading the ticket SD might be the best pickup opportunity for the GOP.

Posted by: AWW at April 20, 2004 12:13 PM

A CA with a GOP governor and Senator towers over SD

Posted by: oj at April 20, 2004 12:27 PM
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