January 24, 2010

NOT JUST A LANDSLIDE...:

G.O.P. Seeks to Widen Field of Play in Fall Elections (ADAM NAGOURNEY and CARL HULSE, 1/25/10, NY Times)

Representative John Boozman, Republican of Arkansas, has overcome initial hesitation, his associates said, and is poised to challenge Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, a vulnerable Democrat.

Republicans said they are soliciting high-profile candidates to run in Senate races in Indiana and Wisconsin, states they had been prepared to write off just weeks ago. Tommy Thompson, the former governor of Wisconsin, is now considering challenging Senator Russ Feingold, the Democrat, aides said. Even in longer-shot states like New York, Republicans said they think the political climate gives them a chance to find a strong Senate candidate, though they have not done so yet.

“If you live in a district with no Republican candidate, run for office,” Representative Pete Sessions of Texas, the head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, wrote in a posting on RedState, a conservative blog.

Stuart Rothenberg, a political analyst who follows Congressional races, said a report he will release Monday will count 58 Democratic House seats in play, up from 47 in December. The number of Republican seats in play has remained steady at 14 over the same period, he said. At the same time, Democrats expect more of their incumbents to retire, which could put additional seats at risk.


...but we get to avoid the freak shows we elected in 1980 and 1994?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 24, 2010 8:32 PM
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