Congressman Vic Snyder was first elected to Congress in 1996. Since his first race, he has never won with less than 58% of the vote. And in 2008, he was re-elected without opposition. Nevertheless, he is regarded as one of the most endangered Democrat incumbents because of his district's Republican lean.
According to a new poll by Survey USA, Snyder trails his Republican challenger by a huge margin:
If there were an election for US House of Representatives today, and the only two candidates on the ballot were Democrat Vic Snyder and Republican Tim Griffin, who would you vote for?
Vic Snyder (D) 39%
Tim Griffin (R) 56%
Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as President?
Not Sure 4%
Assume Vic Snyder votes to pass the version of the health care law that DOES require every American to carry private health insurance. If there were an election for US House of Representatives and the only two candidates on the ballot were Democrat Vic Snyder and Republican Tim Griffin, who would you vote for?
Vic Snyder (D) 35%
Tim Griffin (R) 58%
Snyder has raised almost no money for his re-election bid; he has generally refrained from significant fund-raising in off years. His name appears on virtually every watch list of potential Democrat retirees. Griffin on the other hand, is seen as 'a rising star' for the GOP, and raised more than $130,000 in the last quarter. Facing a challenge like this, it would surprise no one if Snyder opted to retire.
For more information about Griffin, or to make a donation, check out his website.