September 2, 2010

THE DIMMING bRIGHTNESS:

Outlook Dimming for Democrats (NEIL KING JR, 9/02/10, WSJ)

Citing the bad economy, President Barack Obama's unpopularity and a generally sour mood among voters, pollsters and nonpartisan analysts have recently downgraded the prospects for Democratic incumbents in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio and other states.

Among those seats now regarded as up for grabs are more than a dozen—including Mr. Marshall's—that analysts from both parties saw as safe as recently as June.

The Cook Political Report, a newsletter that tracks congressional races, now lists 68 Democratic House seats as being at "substantial risk," up from 62 in July and 58 in June, and the group plans to raise the figure to more than 70 this week. Other pollsters and analysts have also increased their list of Democrats they now consider imperiled. By comparison, less than 10 Republican-held seats are thought to be in jeopardy.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at September 2, 2010 5:21 AM
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