Tag Archive: Senate Races


It’s A Wave: Republicans Take US Senate, Build Majority In House, Grab 24 Governorships

 

 

 

 

 

” In a near-sweep of yesterday’s midterm elections, Republicans shifted the balance of power in the U.S. Senate, gaining at least seven seats, widened their majority in the House by at least 11 seats and defeated Democrats in 24 governor’s races.

“ We are headed to Washington and we are going to make ’em squeal,” a triumphant Joni Ernst, Iowa’s newly elected Republican senator, told cheering supporters in West Des Moines.

  President Obama had said his policies were on the ballot, even if he wasn’t, and in those terms it was difficult not to see the results as a repudiation by voters of an unpopular president and his Democratic allies.

 “ Americans … have risen up and retired Harry Reid as [Senate] majority leader,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said on Fox News at 2o minutes past midnight.

  Cruz added: “Now that we have won the election it is incumbent on Republicans to stand up and lead. … Americans don’t necessarily trust Republicans; they’ve given us another chance.”

  Votes still were being counted in Virginia and Alaska, but Republicans will take control of the Senate after netting seats in Iowa, West Virginia, Montana, South Dakota, Colorado, North Carolina and Arkansas.”

 

Daily Signal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Democrats Now Have A 51 Percent Chance Of Holding The Senate

 

 

 

 

 

” Democrats are now (very slightly) favored to hold the Senate majority on Nov. 4, according to Election Lab, The Post’s statistical model of the 2014 midterm elections.

  Election Lab puts Democrats’ chances of retaining their majority at 51 percent — a huge change from even a few months ago, when the model predicted that Republicans had a better than 80 percent chance of winning the six seats they need to take control. (Worth noting: When the model showed Republicans as overwhelming favorites, our model builders — led by George Washington University’s John Sides — warned that the model could and would change as more actual polling — as opposed to historical projections — played a larger and larger role in the calculations. And, in Republicans’ defense, no one I talked to ever thought they had an 80 percent chance of winning the majority.)

So, what exactly has changed to move the Election Lab projection? Three big things: “

 

See the “three big things” here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where Obama Could Lose it All: Senate Races To Watch

 

 

 

 

 

” With two months until mid-term congressional elections, President Barack Obama’s Democrats face increasingly long odds of maintaining control of the US Senate. Republicans must gain six seats to take over, and many analysts say that goal is within reach.

  Far more Democrats are up for re-election than Republicans this cycle, including four struggling to keep their seats in crucial swing states that Obama lost when he was re-elected in 2012.

  But Republicans are hardly united in their tactics, as evidenced by pressure from core conservatives threatening a government shutdown over immigration policy — tactics experts warn could backfire.

  Nevertheless, the wind is at Republicans’ backs in this mid-term election, which traditionally favors the opposition party in year six of a presidency, as this is.

  Republicans are predicted to maintain control of the House of Representatives, where all 435 seats are being contested. Democrats are struggling to hang on in the 100-member Senate, where 36 seats are up for grabs.

  Below is a list of key Senate races in November’s election and issues to watch as the parties battle for congressional supremacy. “

 

See the list at NewsMax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dick Morris: GOP Leads In 7 Senate Races; McConnell In Trouble

 

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” Republican Senate candidates now lead their rivals in seven contests, including three involving Democratic incumbents. Republicans need to win six seats to gain control of the Senate.

  For an eighth seat, the Republican is tied with a Democratic incumbent. And, in a ninth contest, the GOP candidate trails the Democratic incumbent by only two points.

 In the following seven races — all in seats now held by Democrats — the Republican has a lead.

(* means Republican faces significant primary)

Republicans lead in seven


Michigan

Terri Lynn Land (R) 40
Gary Peters (D) 38

(Open seat; Carl Levin retired; amazing run for a Republican in deeply blue state)

North Carolina

Thom Tillis (R) 46*
Kay Hagan (D) 45

(Tillis leads in tough primary; Hagan well under 50% of the vote)

Alaska

Mead Treadwell (R) 47*
Mark Begich (D) 43

(Treadwell faces tough primary but Begish is way behind and further under 50 percent)

Montana

Steve Daines (R) 51
John Walsh (D) 37

(Open seat; it’s over)

Louisiana

Bill Cassidy (R) 46
Mary Landrieu (D) 42

(Landrieu way under 50 percent)

South Dakota

Mike Rounds (R) 51
Rick Weiland (D) 31

(Open seat; it’s over)

West Virginia

Shelley Moore Capito (R) 49
Natalie Tennant (D) 35

(Open seat; it’s over)

Republican tied in one

Arkansas

Tom Cotton (R) 46
Mark Pryor (D) 46

(Pryor is under 50 percent)

Republican close in three

Iowa

Mark Jacobs (R) 38*
Bruce Braley (D) 41

(Open seat; Jacobs still faces tough primary, but possible pickup)

Colorado

Cory Gardner (R) 40
Mark Udall (D) 42

(Udall way under 50 percent)

Minnesota

Julianne Ortman (R) 41*
Al Franken (D) 44

(Franken way under 50 percent)

One possible Democrat takeaway

Kentucky

Mitch McConnell (R) 43
Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) 42

(McConnell way under 50 percent)”

Read the rest of Morris’ analysis 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NRA Targets Democratic Senators Up in 2014 With Local Newspaper Ads

 

 

 

” The National Rifle Association will launch a print advertising campaign targeting mostly Democratic senators up for re-election in 2014, according to sources close to the group.

On Thursday, full-page ads are scheduled to run in local newspapers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Maine, North Carolina and West Virginia. They will be supplemented by digital advertising in these states and 10 others, including Alaska, Colorado, Montana, New Hampshire and South Dakota.

Additionally, the group has scheduled full-page ads to run Feb. 25 in regional editions of USA Today, reaching parts of 15 states.”