December 31, 2009

BACK TO ARKANSAS:

Tougher Races Prompt New Arkansas Ratings (John McArdle, 12/30/09, CQ-Roll Call)

The 2008 elections in Arkansas underscored the tough times Republicans faced that year in their national campaign for House seats. The state’s three Democratic House incumbents all represent conservative-leaning districts that favored Republican John McCain for president, but all ran without Republican opponents in their own races.

GOP strategists see hopes for a comeback in the 2010 midterm elections, though, and they are focusing strongly on Democratic incumbents in McCain districts such as Marion Berry in Arkansas’ 1st District and Vic Snyder in Arkansas’ 2nd. While both of these veteran lawmakers maintain advantages in their races, the stepped-up GOP efforts to challenge them have prompted CQ Politics to change its ratings on the races — to Leans Democratic (from Likely Democratic) in Snyder’s race and to Likely Democratic (from Safe Democratic) in Berry’s district.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 31, 2009 6:41 AM
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