September 24, 2006


Democrats' edge erased in new poll (Donald Lambro, September 24, 2006, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

The Democrats' yearlong lead among likely voters has evaporated, strengthening Republican chances of holding majority control in the House, according to the Gallup Poll.

Gallup's latest survey of voters who say they will go to the polls Nov. 7 showed the contest is a "dead heat" between those who say they will vote Republican (48 percent) and those who say they intend to support Democrats (48 percent). The poll of 1,003 adults was conducted Sept. 15-17.

Just wait'll gas falls another 50 cents a gallon and the Fed starts cutting.

Democrats set to air ads in bid to derail Steele (Jon Ward, September 24, 2006, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele's assertive campaign for U.S. Senate since the Sept. 12 primary has prompted national Democrats to start running attack ads sooner than they had planned.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee originally bought $1 million worth of TV time for the two weeks leading up to the Nov. 7 general election, then decided to start running ads Tuesday, according to the Steele campaign.

"This is a clear indication of the national Democratic Party bosses' scramble to maintain control over Maryland," said Michael Leavitt, campaign manager for Mr. Steele, a Republican.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 24, 2006 9:39 AM

Of course a dead heat in the polls means the republicans are likely ahead, and therefore have a good chance to pick up seats.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at September 24, 2006 10:19 AM

Utter nonsense. Republican/Bush numbers must have been high all along and Dems sinking, but after the most recent spate of craziness, they must have dropped so precipitously, the media can no longer ignore it.

Hence the announcement that Republicans are narrowing the gap. No doubt Bushco have their own polling that lets them know the truth.

Posted by: erp at September 24, 2006 10:29 AM

All they care about is turnout.

Posted by: oj at September 24, 2006 10:38 AM

Yes, turnout is the key.

Almost all of the President's drop in approval is from the right anyway, from anti-immigrationists, from the lay-waste to Iraqers, from the anti-NCLBers and anti-Prescription druggers, et al.

Yesterday's Rasmussen has Bush at 45%, but with only 75% of republicans approving. Iirc at the last election it was near 90% approval on the right.

All he has to do is get many of the knuckleheads on the right who disapprove to the polls.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at September 24, 2006 10:51 AM

Steele is called Oreo, those blacks who voted for Cardin are called white-shoes.

Posted by: ic at September 24, 2006 5:43 PM