Skip to comments.GOP may keep Senate seat in Rhode Island
Posted on 11/05/2006 9:48:50 AM PST by Clintonfatigued
If Sen. Lincoln Chafee wins re-election in Rhode Island on Tuesday - and a new McClatchy Newspapers-MSNBC poll indicates he might - it will be because he is one of the most rebellious Republicans in Congress.
Although Chafee had been trailing Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse in previous polls, the latest McClatchy poll showed him with 46 percent support, compared to 45 percent for Whitehouse. About 9 percent of voters remained undecided.
While Chafee's slim lead was within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points, it was the first indication in weeks that he might survive the anti-Bush mood in his state. The poll of 625 Rhode Island residents was conducted Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.
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Do you have some good news? Talent, Steele or Allen pulling ahead? Santorum rebounding?
Here is the movement in the Mason-Dixon polls from their previous round of polling in October.
Montana: GOP +3
Missouri: GOP +2
Tennessee: GOP +10
Virginia: Dem +5
Rhode Island: GOP +6
New Jersey: Dem +4
Pennsylvania: Dem +1
Ohio: GOP +2
Washington: Dem +1
While Chafee is really a RINO, we need his seat so just grin and bear it as hard as it may be.
NOOOOOO!!!!Say it isn't so.
LOL its a crying shame. I hope we keep a big enough margin so he can't pull a Jeffords on us.
AS pissed off as I figure to be on Wednesday morning, Chaffee winning will only make it worse.
I can't shake the feeling that he might pull a Jim Jeffords. Maybe because he's publicly toyed with the idea of switching parties. If he wins, I'd put him in the ? column until further notice.
He will cross the aisle if he finds himself as the tie breaker or in the minority.
So, Chafee has taken a 46% to 45% lead. His attacks on Sheldon Whitehouse's tolerance of corruption are working.
Are you saying that it would be a good thing for Sheldon Whitehouse to be in the Senate?
Undecided voters seldom come down on the incumbent side. While this is better news than last week, it still favors the Dim.
It is a bad thing for either of them to be in the Senate.
I'm a big "vote for the RINO" guy, but Chaffee has gone too far. I hope he loses.
Seriously, I think it should be in Washington D.C. inside the capitol building.
I don't know what will happen in RI. I suspect RI's political gravity would pull Whitehouse over the finish line. Just as I think VA's political gravity would pull Allen over the top.
I think Chafee will win, considering that he does well on the actual elections rather than the polls. Polls showed him losing to Laffey but he won the primary quite strongly.
Chafee is and will always be a RINO, but considering the fact that Liddy Dole, Karl Rove and Ken Mehlman have pumped millions into his campaign I doubt he'd ever switch. He'd rather be a thorn in our side in the same mold as Snowe, Collins, DeWine, Graham and McCain (probably without DeWine after 11/7).
Oh well, I guess we cannot win them all.
I'm just sooo worried for Linc, he's such a leader.
The question is...who is a worse Dems....Chafee or Whitehouse?
My guess is Whitehouse.
Chaffee is not going to switch as his Dad was a lifelong Republican and his family would not hear of such nonsense.
Secondly, you people don't have a clue that prefer the Dem or ask which would be better. Do you want Reid as Majority Leader. If Chaffee was going to switch, he would have gone with Jeffords and gotten a committee chairmanship with the Dems but he stayed!
Some of you need to get a grip and realize in some states they are NOT going to elect a conservative right now and most of NE falls in that category.
What percentage of "undecideds" end up voting? My guess is that most do not even show up at the polls.
This is one seat I want to keep Republican. I know most think Chaffee is RINO, but better than Whitehouse who says very disturbing things. Next to Pennsylvania this is a race I care for. It seems no matter what happens on Tuesday, our Senate will be moving towards the left regardless of who wins. That should be a concern for all of us.
Please don't put me in the "you people" category. I certainly am not one who doesn't see the advantage of a RINO over a Dem (namely chairmanships).
However, from my vantage point Chafee is as bad as it gets as far as liberal Repubs. If he saw a 1 seat advantage for the Pubs I would think the temptation might be there to jump like Jeffords. That's all I'm saying. If he doesn't...great. But if he did make the jump, I wouldn't be surprised judging from his very liberal voting record.
Strange things will be going on in the NE after this election. Lieberman as an (I) will put a whole new dynamic in the mix. Who knows how Chafee will act? You say he won't jump because of his Repub family. I hope you're right. We'll see.
its amazing how tight these all are, a swing of +/- 3 senate seats is going to come in races with a 1-2% spread.
Yeah, Talent, Steele or Allen pulling ahead? Santorum rebounding? Or good news for Tan?
Who cares about democrats vs democrats
Just wondering, have you seen Spector out campaignign for Rick Santorum?
Wow, Mason has Dem +5 in VA?
The others are good though. NJ was a long shot anyway.
I was of the mind earlier this month that Chafee could go.
But, with mixed polling on VA, we may need Chafee, as horrible as he is.
Michael Steele has momentum. Whether it'll be enough to pull him over the top remains to be seen.
In Missouri, the momentum has returned to McCaskill, but her lead is within the margin of error. Anything can happen there.
In Virginia, Allen and Webb are running even. Turnout will be the key.
Thanks for the info
As you say turnout is the key. I read a thread here where the GOTV effort in Missouri is 70% greater than in 2004. This should help Talent win a close race. If the GOTV effort is as intense in other states, the GOP hasa shot to acutally pick up seats in the Senate. I think they're more likely to lose one. But it's possible that they could pick up a couple.
I guess this is good news. But I kind of wish it were DeWine or especially Santorum that were pulling even.
Still a RAT seat for all intensive purposes.
Can I trade this for a lead in Pennsylvania?