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10 Senate Democrats Targeted for Defeat in 2012
US News ^ | 12/09/10 | Paul Bedard

Posted on 12/12/2010 2:17:22 PM PST by freespirited

The upcoming election has disaster written all over it for Senate Democrats... 23 are up for reelection in 2012 and many sit where the Republican surge is hitting. Plus, most voted for the president's agenda that included healthcare reform and the bailouts of Wall Street and auto industry. ... the National Republican Senatorial Committee has a top 10 list of Senate Democrats to beat.

1. Nebraska's Ben Nelson. The NRSC will remind voters of Nelson's support for Majority Leader Harry Reid...

2. Montana's Jon Tester. While popular at home, Tester comes from a Republican state that the GOP is confident of winning back with the right candidate.

3. Ohio's Sherrod Brown. Ohio elected a Republican senator and governor in November and party officials believe the swing to the GOP will continue in 2012.

4. Missouri's Claire McCaskill. Seats in Missouri are always tough to defend because the state's electorate is split. But like many other states, Missouri seems to be trending Republican.

5. Florida's Bill Nelson. Look for outgoing Sen. George LeMieux ... to run against Nelson in a state where Tea Party is strong.

6. West Virginia's Joe Manchin. Another state trending Republican ...

7. Pennsylvania's Bob Casey. GOP sees a good chance to pick up another Senate seat in Pennsylvania where fiscal conservative Toomey won in November.

8. Wisconsin's Herb Kohl. If Kohl runs for reelection, Republicans feel they have a good chance to portray him as the same kind of liberal as ousted Russ Feingold. ...

9. Virginia's Jim Webb. Another purple state that has been painted red in recent elections, Webb could find himself running against former Sen. George Allen.

10. North Dakota's Kent Conrad. Conrad worked hard on the Obama healthcare plan, and that will be a problem for many Democrats, GOP believes. ...

(Excerpt) Read more at politics.usnews.com ...


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This list looks like a good start.
1 posted on 12/12/2010 2:17:24 PM PST by freespirited
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To: freespirited

Get it through your thick skulls now, GOP. NO LeMieux.


2 posted on 12/12/2010 2:19:33 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: freespirited

Time is now to get started on this.


3 posted on 12/12/2010 2:21:53 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

He really wants to run.


4 posted on 12/12/2010 2:23:31 PM PST by freespirited (This tagline dedicated to the memory of John Armor, a/k/a Congressman Billybob.)
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To: freespirited

Don’t we have a RINO or two to primary out as well..?


5 posted on 12/12/2010 2:23:59 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: freespirited

Some Republicans need to join the Dems in retirement:

Republican incumbents up in 2012:

Jon Kyl of Arizona
Richard Lugar of Indiana
Olympia Snowe of Maine
Scott Brown of Massachusetts
Roger Wicker of Mississippi
John Ensign of Nevada
Bob Corker of Tennessee
Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas
Orrin Hatch of Utah
John Barrasso of Wyoming


6 posted on 12/12/2010 2:24:10 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: freespirited

So did Crist.


7 posted on 12/12/2010 2:24:10 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: freespirited
No Olympia Snowe?

She must not be up for reelection, eh?

8 posted on 12/12/2010 2:24:40 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: TomGuy

Dick (soon to be 80) Lugar

a great guy, did good things as Mayor of Indy, but needs to hang it up


9 posted on 12/12/2010 2:25:38 PM PST by nascarnation
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To: EGPWS
No Olympia Snowe?

She still claims to be a Republican. The initial list on this thread is Democrats.

My Post #6 lists the Republicans up in 2012.
10 posted on 12/12/2010 2:26:32 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: freespirited

Kohl won’t be running again, most likely. Feingold will run for his seat in 2012 against someone. We really need to start looking for someone to target that seat immediately.


11 posted on 12/12/2010 2:27:21 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: freespirited
Most important to me...

NO
more
RINOS


12 posted on 12/12/2010 2:27:52 PM PST by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: freespirited

Somebody, please target Bingaman of New Mexico. Please, I will campaign for whoever runs against him unless it is a serial murderer.


13 posted on 12/12/2010 2:28:13 PM PST by tiki
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To: freespirited
Plus, most voted for the president's agenda that included healthcare reform

How about we stop abusing the word "reform," newsies as in "immigration reform" or "healthcare reform"?

A more accurate description might be "totalitarian healthcare destruction." Or perhaps "totalitarian deathcare."

14 posted on 12/12/2010 2:28:22 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: EGPWS

Forget Brown. He is a dem but the R next to his name helps for a majority.


15 posted on 12/12/2010 2:28:52 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Remember March 23, 1775. Remember March 23, 2010)
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To: freespirited

Debbie Stabenow should be on that list, I think a strong candidate can beat her.


16 posted on 12/12/2010 2:30:58 PM PST by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
As a Floridian, I second that. He's no friend of conservatives. Rat-light is not what we need to save the Republic.
17 posted on 12/12/2010 2:34:37 PM PST by JPG (Sarah dedicated her new book to Trig: "I'm glad you're here.")
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To: freespirited

Why just 10? Why not ALL of them? They are all the same, Socialists!


18 posted on 12/12/2010 2:36:58 PM PST by chooseascreennamepat
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To: freespirited

There are more than a few RINOs that need to be shown the door.

Woohoo, Kay Bailey Hutchinson (Rino TX) will see this house’s votes go to whomever her opponent might be. I told her office she’d never get any of our votes a few years ago and she’s done nothing since to redeem herself. Funny, she sold her house in DC and swore she would leave politics if she lost the governorship but, like all of them, she lied.


19 posted on 12/12/2010 2:40:59 PM PST by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: who knows what evil?

Throw ALL the bums out.


20 posted on 12/12/2010 2:44:08 PM PST by EternalVigilance (The care of human life...is the first and only legitimate object of good government -- Jefferson)
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To: freespirited

We need to go after the rinos just as spirited.Afterall its those sumbitches that give them cover.Tea Party all the way.


21 posted on 12/12/2010 2:48:44 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: ConservativeTeen

Stabenow has been polling rather weakly.

If they get only 4 of these 10 that makes a majority. Still though it is early to talk about major Demo losses next time. Two years ago at this time most analysts thought Republicans would lose more seats in both houses in 2010!


22 posted on 12/12/2010 2:50:06 PM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: Cicero

hile we are at it, stop with “Islam” and “Muslim”. Those are Arabic terms. In English, please use “Mohammedism” and “Mohammedan”, respectively.


23 posted on 12/12/2010 2:52:21 PM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: freespirited

Webb and McCaskill should be targets.


24 posted on 12/12/2010 2:55:32 PM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: freespirited
5. Florida's Bill Nelson. Look for outgoing Sen. George LeMieux ... to run against Nelson in a state where Tea Party is strong.

Mr. Bedard, just what in the H are you smokin' dude? Pepe LeMieux has already reached his high point. Take it from a Tea Partier, he is not anywhere near a viable candidate as to have been associated with Charlie. Bet your bottom dollar we are looking for another Marco type of candidate to come out of the blue like he did and I'm sure he has a listing of those he would consider and George is not on that list.

25 posted on 12/12/2010 3:02:42 PM PST by mazda77 (Mike Hogan - JAX Mayor)
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To: freespirited

Random thoughts:

1. Nebraska’s Ben Nelson.

-Good chance for a GOP pickup, unless Nelson can sell himself as a conservative Democrat in 2012 back home. Right now, I’d guess a 60% chance of a GOP pickup.

3. Ohio’s Sherrod Brown.

-Love to see Brown sent home. Ultra-liberal.

4. Missouri’s Claire McCaskill.

-My gut instinct is, this is as close to a lock as any GOP race can be. Run a decent candidate, and McCaskill is toast.

6. West Virginia’s Joe Manchin.

-I think Manchin wins re-election.

7. Pennsylvania’s Bob Casey.

-PA has broken my heart before, but I’m hoping on this one.

9. Virginia’s Jim Webb.

-Allen can take this guy.

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My Darkhorse picks:

Stabenow-MI Run Engler or some other high recognition GOP candidate, and I think the GOP can pull off the upset. Detroit’s corruption is always a factor, but I don’t think it will be as strong as in past elections. I might be dead wrong, but right now, I’d give 40-45% chance of beating her in 2012.

Feinstein - CA. If DiFi runs, she’ll win big. The question is, will she retire? She’s given no indications of doing so, but she’ll be 79 in 2012. If she chooses to retire, there could be a small window of opportunity for a GOP candidate. Very long odds here, but a guy can hope, yes?


26 posted on 12/12/2010 3:08:34 PM PST by DemforBush (I got three passports, a couple of visas. You don't even know my real name..)
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To: TomGuy

Of that list, I’ll keep Kyl and Corker — both have done good conservative work (OK, I know, not perfect; but what senators have been more conservative than they?); but above all, I’ll keep Scott Brown. Not beause he is a conservative. He is just the best we could ever hope to get out of that phooey-balooey state.


27 posted on 12/12/2010 3:15:56 PM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: DemforBush

Feinstein would probably win. Then with a Republican Senate and maybe some changes in assignments, she might wait about a yearn to retire so Brown could name a Democrat to replace her. Feinstein’s seat needs to be won outright by a Republican, and that is the proverbial mountain to climb.


28 posted on 12/12/2010 3:24:28 PM PST by Enterprise (TSA - The Silly Agency)
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To: Enterprise

yearn = year


29 posted on 12/12/2010 3:25:27 PM PST by Enterprise (TSA - The Silly Agency)
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To: freespirited

I hope the MN. conservatives can come up with a viable
threat to the “box of rocks” Amy Klobuchar this round, also.


30 posted on 12/12/2010 3:29:50 PM PST by Fireone (Liberals are just overschooled, undereducated, adult children.)
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To: freespirited
From Missouri here...we will do everything possible to eliminate that McCaskill. She's a communist and agrees with the marxist philosphy. She's another one that failed to see what November 04 stood for..instead, she has stated that "the message" wasn't clearly explained. Atonishing.

Hey Claire....the message was clearly explained...furthermore MISSOURIANS reject it.

Oh Claireeeee....we're coming for you *itch.

31 posted on 12/12/2010 3:34:21 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (Lock & Load-Coming to a Neighborhood near you)
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To: freespirited
This lisping pansy Communist Bob Casey need to go. He is incompetent and apparently broke going in to this reelection. Should be easy if we can find a decent candidate.


32 posted on 12/12/2010 3:39:38 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Imagine....Senator Vicky Kennedy (D-MA)


33 posted on 12/12/2010 3:39:46 PM PST by raccoonradio
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To: TomGuy

What is wrong with Barrasso?


34 posted on 12/12/2010 3:44:21 PM PST by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: freespirited

Where’s Debbie Stabenow from Michigan? She is definitely vulnerable.


35 posted on 12/12/2010 3:49:33 PM PST by Juan Medén
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To: DemforBush

Brown got in because he was running against Dewine. If the Republicans run another RINO Brown could win again but that is the only way.


36 posted on 12/12/2010 3:50:21 PM PST by CONSERVE
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To: DemforBush

Brown got in because he was running against Dewine. If the Republicans run another RINO Brown could win again but that is the only way.


37 posted on 12/12/2010 3:50:38 PM PST by CONSERVE
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To: DemforBush

I agree with you on Pa. To me, Pa, Ne, and WV are all in the same boat. I believe those states are becoming more conservative and I think we can win them. But I wont believe it until I see it. How many times was Murtha dead in the water in a growing conservative area of Pa, just to keep getting reelected. Same with the WV Sens. As for Ne (and Nelson of Fl and Conrad), these states just seem to enjoy sending the bums back over throwing them out. I really hope we get it.

Im in Tx, so I know I wont vote for Hutch. I will vote against in the primary, but if she wins there, will abstain. The GOP candidate will win any way, so at least I can feel good about it.

As for Mi, is there any chance of the conservatives who lost the Gov primary running here, maybe like Hoekstra? I dont know much about them or Mi politics, but Hoekstra seems to have name recognition in Mi.


38 posted on 12/12/2010 3:52:25 PM PST by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm
NO LeMieux.

Right you are. He spent so much time in crist's back pocket that he likely still has lint stuck in his rear end. Although it is useful to call his office and pretend to be on the fence about him during critical votes, you should not have to worry about his vote. I hope that the FL Tea Party is actively looking for a suitable primary challenger for him.

39 posted on 12/12/2010 4:01:39 PM PST by lovesdogs
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Another Bushie. No to him. He has RINO stamped on his forehead.


40 posted on 12/12/2010 4:04:07 PM PST by screaminsunshine (Americanism vs Communism)
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To: ConservativeTeen

I hope you’re right. I can’t stand Debbie Stabenow.


41 posted on 12/12/2010 4:07:09 PM PST by a.c.t.32
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To: freespirited

Don’t forget the RINOs.


42 posted on 12/12/2010 4:10:33 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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To: CONSERVE

True. The whole thing is OPPONENT. “You Can’t Beat Somebody with Nobody.” Time Magazine, Monday, Nov. 19, 1990. Bill Bradley, D-N. You can only beat some body with somebody whom the voters consider qualified and better than the schlub you are trying to throw out. So let us find them....now!


43 posted on 12/12/2010 4:12:30 PM PST by shalom aleichem
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To: freespirited

We need to do something about the Soros SOS program where the Secretaries of State bought and paid for by Soros see no vote fraud, hear no vote fraud, and allow all vote fraud.

All this political plotting and planning means nothing if the votes are manipulated.


44 posted on 12/12/2010 4:12:47 PM PST by Big Giant Head (Two years no AV, no viruses, computer runs great!)
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To: DemforBush

Good list. Agree with most of your random thoughts, I just remain unconvinced that Webb will seek re-election. Doesnt seem to me that he likes the job all that much.


45 posted on 12/12/2010 4:22:17 PM PST by freespirited (This tagline dedicated to the memory of John Armor, a/k/a Congressman Billybob.)
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To: nascarnation
Dick (soon to be 80) Lugar. a great guy, did good things as Mayor of Indy, but needs to hang it up

Absolutely. His sponsorship of the DREAM act--and his all-out enthusiasm for it--make him totally undeserving of another term. Won't surprise me if he is the only Republican who votes for this damn thing when it comes up later in the week.

46 posted on 12/12/2010 4:25:37 PM PST by freespirited (This tagline dedicated to the memory of John Armor, a/k/a Congressman Billybob.)
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To: bgill

It’s time for KBH to move to Dallas...like she promised.


47 posted on 12/12/2010 4:26:51 PM PST by lonestar
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To: EGPWS
YUP!....and she's gonna face an uphill battle if the new Governor and the party can focus...

Olympia was the vote that got Obamacare out of committee....then voted against it...knowing it would pass....

Id drive that point and video of it down her throat and make that the ONLY issue she faces early on......

48 posted on 12/12/2010 4:29:56 PM PST by M-cubed
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To: freespirited

WI is in the midst of a Republican Renaissance. I’m hoping we can retire “Nobody’s Senator....But Nobody’s” Herbie the Potted Plant Kohl.


49 posted on 12/12/2010 4:32:13 PM PST by Mygirlsmom (On Jan 1, 2011 all tax paying Americans will discover the news that they are indeed "RICH")
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To: lonestar

Hutchison isn’t running again is she?! First she promised she would quit if she lost the governor race, then she said she would serve out her term. If she runs for reelection she will look like quite a liar. Not to mention I hope she is succeeded by Michael Williams. Would be great if the only black senator were a conservative Republican!


50 posted on 12/12/2010 4:34:01 PM PST by TNCMAXQ
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