Cotton’s not gaining on Pryor, Why?
This is one of the most important Senate races in 2014. Mark Pryor, the leader of the “we voted for it, but we didn’t really like it,” group of panicked Democratic Senate candidates running from ObamaCare is worried. This race is one where the Red State Strategy demands a victory. Returning Pryor as Arkansas’ lone Democrat senator could mean that the Republicans would not take | Read More »
The 2014 Senate: State of the Races, Part 6
Opening caveat: With respect to the Tim Scott race in South Carolina, it is clear that the race card often enters these races (example: the whisper campaign against McCain in 2000; negative Democratic comments against Haley now). Tim Scott is clearly set for reelection, but the GOP needs to be wary of that race card being played. Democrats will stoop to nothing. In North Carolina, | Read More »
The 2014 Senate: The Races Thus Far, Part 5
Due to the large number of states with senatorial elections in the South in 2014, this region is being split into two parts to do the current state of the races justice. This is the largest growing region of the United States. Thus, the political clout is moving south and west. For example, Texas gained four seats in the House in 2001 while Florida gained | Read More »
The Senate 2014- State of the Races, Part 2
Today’s entry focuses on the four races in the mountain states out west- Colorado, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. In these races, there are two Republican and two Democratic incumbents with one Democrat- Max Baucus in Montana- announcing his retirement at the end of this term. First, the fairly easy races. In Idaho, Republican Jim Risch will easily be reelected. There is a dirth of information | Read More »
The Senate 2014- State of the Races, Part 1
The Senate elections in 2014 present yet another unique opportunity for the GOP to gain control of that body in Congress. Of the 33 races, 19 seats are held by Democrats with six of those Senators announcing their retirement. Of the 14 Republican seats up for reelection, only two incumbents (and possibly a third) have announced their reirement, but both are in fairly reliable red | Read More »
The Senate 2014: Another Opportunity (Yet Again)
For the third consecutive cycle, Republicans will have the opportunity to gain control of the Senate in 2014. Assuming midterm trends hold true, they should also retain the House. In what can best described as a disappointing year for the GOP, performances in the House were the one small bright spot. The losses were in states where it was anticipated- mainly, California, Illinois and New | Read More »
The Capito Candidacy: Here We Go Again?
As many here may be aware, the Republican Party is again poised to take over the US Senate in 2016. We’ve been down this road before in 2010 and just recently this year. In 2014, of the 33 seats up for reelection, twenty of them belong to the Democrats. In looking at the 13 Republican seats to be defended, it would appear that possibly only | Read More »