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Senate takeover prospects brighten for GOP
American Thinker ^ | 10/25/2012 | Rick Moran

Posted on 10/25/2012 7:30:23 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Washington Post:

In the battle for control of the U.S. Senate, there are now at least eight critical contests in which polling shows essentially a dead heat, encouraging Republicans' hopes that they may yet snag the chamber, which very recently seemed beyond their reach.

Some of the GOP boost is coming from the top of the ticket in the form of Mitt Romney, whose recent surge in the polls seems to be helping Republican candidates across the country.

Democrats still have an edge in their effort to keep control of the Senate, and they may have been helped Tuesday when Republican candidate Richard Mourdock in Indiana suggested that pregnancies resulting from rape are God's will, possibly damaging his chances to succeed Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R).

But both parties agree that many of the most important races have become more competitive in recent days, and their outcomes harder to predict.

Senate contests in the presidential battlegrounds of Wisconsin and Virginia, where Democrats had leads in polls a few weeks ago, are now essentially even and could be especially influenced if Romney performs well in those states. Polls show Democratic incumbents in Ohio and Florida still ahead, but those races have tightened as Romney has gained ground in the states. And the Senate races in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, long thought to be safe wins for Democrats, have become real contests.


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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Connecticut; US: Florida; US: Indiana; US: Pennsylvania; US: Virginia; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: congress; elections2012; senate
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1 posted on 10/25/2012 7:30:30 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

FOCUS ON THESE SENATE RACES FOLKS:

Control of the Senate will probably come down to 3 races:

1) GOP Massachusetts incumbent Scott Brown’s race against Elizabeth Warren,

2) Missouri’s Todd Akin against Dem incumbent Claire McCaskill, and

3) Indiana’s Mourdock against Democrat Joe Donnelly.


2 posted on 10/25/2012 7:32:03 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Flake and Heller were at 50 this morning in Ras.


3 posted on 10/25/2012 7:32:48 AM PDT by Perdogg (Vote like the US Constitution depends on it - it does!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Akin and Mourdock’s biggest challenge is Akin and Mourdock.

Someone needs to send their campaign duct tape for them to use on their mouth until November 7th.


4 posted on 10/25/2012 7:37:56 AM PDT by TSgt (Got Landslide?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Here in Tippecanoe County Indiana, there is a group of us working tirelessly to get Mourdock over the finish line. It is my understanding that there are similar efforts in the other 90 some counties.

Mourdock is a very good man. Donnelly is a sleaze.


5 posted on 10/25/2012 7:39:52 AM PDT by MustKnowHistory
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To: SeekAndFind

Mourdock is a buffoon.

When will our side finally realize that people don’t want or need.politicians to be moral philosophers. If that’s your bag, write a frickin book.

Otherwise, just keep your head down and leave the musings about God’s will where it belongs....in the private sector.

All that being said, i pray he still ekes out a win. It would be tragic to lose the IN senate seat.


6 posted on 10/25/2012 7:40:39 AM PDT by vonkayel
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To: SeekAndFind

If the Republicans take the Senate, they can get rid of Obamacare with a simple majority, CAN’T THEY?


7 posted on 10/25/2012 7:41:38 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: TSgt

But nobody should send pro abortion, can’t wait to reach across the aisle Brown some tape?

Nothin but democrats.


8 posted on 10/25/2012 7:42:08 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: MustKnowHistory
Here in Tippecanoe County Indiana, there is a group of us working tirelessly to get Mourdock over the finish line.

You may have to tape his mouth shut and drag him over that finish line. He may be a good guy, but he needs to keep to a very tight script now. The next polls about that race will be interesting.

9 posted on 10/25/2012 7:42:56 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Record high turnout is our hope for sending 0bama home. Pray hard!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Washington Post wrote this? Oh, my God. The world is turned upside down.


10 posted on 10/25/2012 7:43:18 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: TSgt

Amen on those two just saying NO to any more rape nonsense questions. If they can’t simply say “Let the rape victims make their own decisions” then STFU.

As for Brown, I don’t care what verbal concessions he has to make to get the Massholes to vote for him, just beat the rat is all that matters right now.


11 posted on 10/25/2012 7:43:55 AM PDT by soycd
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To: vonkayel

Republicans need to remember that the media is NOT on their side and avoid their “abortion trap” questions.

The media will never, ever ask a pro=choice politician a comparable question, like “do you agree that killing girl babies just because they are girls should be legal?”


12 posted on 10/25/2012 7:45:10 AM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ugh... I hope you’re wrong.. cause, I think we’re on the losing side of ALL THREE of those.

Mourdock WAS going to win... before the debate.

Akin was SURE to win.. before, well.... you know.

And, in Mass? They are NOT going to let a Rep win again.. no matter WHO is running against him.

If those are the key races, we’re in BIG trouble..


13 posted on 10/25/2012 7:45:14 AM PDT by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them)
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To: SeekAndFind

So where do you put the CT race?


14 posted on 10/25/2012 7:47:34 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: vonkayel

Oh Hi! Welcome to FR. “Our side”, huh?


15 posted on 10/25/2012 7:47:55 AM PDT by snarkytart
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To: SomeCallMeTim

Wow I came in here thinking this was a good news thread. Leave it to FR to make it misery central.


16 posted on 10/25/2012 7:49:55 AM PDT by snarkytart
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To: SeekAndFind; nutmeg; DarthVader; Clintonfatigued; Impy; Perdogg; fieldmarshaldj
Actually, McMahon in CT, Lingle in HI and Summers in ME might be the ones to pull this out.

I do think Brown will win, although the margin (~3%) will be less than I predicted (5+%).

17 posted on 10/25/2012 7:50:02 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit, but it's better than a burqa.)
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To: SomeCallMeTim
Mourdock WAS going to win... before the debate.

One thing in Mourdock's favor is that Indiana is one of the very first "early voting" states with Absentee having started September 17th and in person having started started October 9th. Mourdock was running from 5% to 8% ahead of his opponent in early votes, before the comments. So even if he "loses" by 5 points or so on election day he could still win because of his huge lead in early voting. I personally don't think the comments will do a whole lot of damage, they were nowhere near as bad as those from Akin and Indiana is lot more conservative than Missouri.

18 posted on 10/25/2012 7:50:41 AM PDT by apillar
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To: SeekAndFind
Do what you can folks to make it a 51 Republican senate majority when the smoke clears. We could get up to 53, so back your local guy/gal and others if you can.

Real Clear Politics Senate Map, current Projections, Battle for the Senate.

We need 50 at least with Ryan the tie-breaker. 51 would be fantastic, and anything higher would be a landslide. Let's make it happen folks!

19 posted on 10/25/2012 7:52:20 AM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Doubling Down on Mandel in OH, Mourdock in IN, and sending Akin a Life Line!


20 posted on 10/25/2012 7:53:36 AM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: snarkytart

Methinks I smell a rat.


21 posted on 10/25/2012 7:53:44 AM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: vonkayel

If “God’s will” remained in the privated sector, there would be no United States of America.

So, to “whom” are you praying?


22 posted on 10/25/2012 7:56:07 AM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: vonkayel

Oh, so we should just continue to let the leftists tell us what it is, or is not, OK to say? Are you so willing to give up your 1st Amendment rights? Aren’t you tired of constantly having polititians lie to you to get elected? Now you’re suggesting that conservative polititians should just toe the leftist line. If our conservative politicians don’t have the moral courage to speak frankly about controversial issues, who will? It’s time to stop cowering to leftists, and take the argument to them. With your attitude, we are beaten before we begin. And we wonder why things are so bad in Washington.


23 posted on 10/25/2012 7:56:43 AM PDT by Jess79
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To: cripplecreek

Brown’s saying exactly what he needs to be saying for his market.


24 posted on 10/25/2012 7:58:02 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 9YearLurker
Brown’s saying exactly what he needs to be saying for his market.

And you're OK with lying? How bout vote fraud?

Moderates, nothing but lying, manipulative, bottom feeders who don't even have the courage to be the democrats they really are.
25 posted on 10/25/2012 8:04:10 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Prolife candidates need to improve their skill at handling questions from the death-culture media.

What he should have pointed out is that rape is a horrible thing that the pro-abortion lobby, pro-abortion politicians, and the abortionists are complicit in.

For the past 40 years Planned Parenthood has routinely covered up rape of young girls by their step fathers, moms’ boyfriends, uncles, teachers, clergymen and others by killing the resulting babies and destroying the evidence. They ignore the laws requiring the reporting of this evidence which is not surprising considering they are a murder-for-hire business.

Democrats insist on forcing taxpayers to fund killing babies and covering up rape.


26 posted on 10/25/2012 8:17:21 AM PDT by unlearner (You will never come to know that which you do not know until you first know that you do not know it.)
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To: vonkayel

We need more leaders who know the place of Divine Providence in creating and sustaining life; who know whence their temporary power to rule ultimately derives. We also need fewer citizens who base their judgments in such matters on sound bites.


27 posted on 10/25/2012 8:18:08 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (Candy Crowley: The MSMs' very own Agatha Trunchbull.)
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To: unlearner

Unlearned

You said it better than I did.

How is it that our prolife leaders are still making such amateur communication mistakes in 2012? It is sloppy, lazy, sel indulgent, and damaging to the movement. That is what pisses me off about mourdock and akin. These guys seem to think that their role is to “philosophize.” it is not. Their job is to VOTE...for judges, for laws, for regs, and for funding that will benefit the movement.

Jmo.


28 posted on 10/25/2012 8:28:37 AM PDT by vonkayel
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To: SeekAndFind

1) GOP Massachusetts incumbent Scott Brown’s race against Elizabeth Warren,

2) Missouri’s Todd Akin against Dem incumbent Claire McCaskill, and

3) Indiana’s Mourdock against Democrat Joe Donnelly.

4) Heller in NV

5) Flake in AZ

6) Connie Mack IV in Florida

7) Josh Mandel in Ohio

8) Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin

9) George Allen in VA

10) Tom Smith in PA

phew, there are a lot of races up for grabs. Actually one more is McMahon in CT.

We will win ND, MT and Nebraska races.


29 posted on 10/25/2012 8:30:01 AM PDT by WOSG (REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMA. He stole America’s promise!)
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To: SeekAndFind; Perdogg; GOPsterinMA; Jeff Head

Don’t forget about Rick Berg (Republican) in North Dakota.

That is a must-win race for the Senate which I have not heard mentioned recently here on Free Republic. Currently, the RealClear average has him 5 points ahead:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/nd/north_dakota_senate_berg_vs_heitkamp-3212.html


30 posted on 10/25/2012 8:40:35 AM PDT by patriot453 (Barack Obama: the best thing that ever happened to the Republican Party)
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To: SeekAndFind

Polls are starting to trend against Brown and Akin but I still think Mourdock pulls out a win.


31 posted on 10/25/2012 8:44:18 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: GOPsterinMA
Actually, McMahon in CT, Lingle in HI and Summers in ME might be the ones to pull this out.

I admire your sense of optimism where Hawaii and Maine are concerned. I don't agree with it, but I do admire it.

32 posted on 10/25/2012 8:48:26 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: patriot453; SeekAndFind; Perdogg; Jeff Head

I’ve had Mr. Berg as the winner since he was nominated.


33 posted on 10/25/2012 8:49:49 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit, but it's better than a burqa.)
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To: 9YearLurker

“So where do you put the CT race?”

I live in Connecticut. I voted for McMahon in 2008, and I will vote for her again this time.

Having said that.... last time she came across as one of those wealthy types who spend big bucks to buy their way into political office (a la John Corzine in Jersey) and lost after doing so. Aside #1: Blumenthal was an attractive candidate (at least to leftists), but a big time liar — the Elliot Spitzer of CT. Aside #2: at least Corzine won after spending his millions.

This time Ms. McMahon has come across as.... well, one of those wealthy types who spend big bucks to buy their way into political office. Chris Murphy is a far weaker candidate than was Blumenthal, but in liberal CT, that may not matter — he’s leading by a point or two anyway. Obama should win here (a narrow win, but still a win). I sense Murphy will get dragged across the line on Zero’s coattails.

If she loses, perhaps Linda will finally wake up and decide to save her money... :)


34 posted on 10/25/2012 9:00:06 AM PDT by Road Glide
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To: Delhi Rebels

Thanks. HI might be the longest of long shots, but ME might be closer than most folks are aware of.


35 posted on 10/25/2012 9:07:49 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit, but it's better than a burqa.)
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To: vonkayel

The only thing we can legislate is morality. The only question is whose morality is it going to be.

Our right to life is endowed by our creator according to our Constitution.

If you want a candidate to walk and talk like an atheist, nominate an atheist. If you nominate a believer in God, don’t ask them to muzzle themselves and pretend they’re someone they’re not.


36 posted on 10/25/2012 9:09:51 AM PDT by JediJones (Vote NO on Proposition Zero! Tuesday, November 6th!)
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To: apillar

“One thing in Mourdock’s favor is that Indiana is one of the very first “early voting” states with Absentee having started September 17th and in person having started started October 9th. Mourdock was running from 5% to 8% ahead of his opponent in early votes, before the comments. So even if he “loses” by 5 points or so on election day he could still win because of his huge lead in early voting. “

I appreciate your optimism, but your math is deficient. 5% of early voting is not the same number as 5% of Election Day voting.


37 posted on 10/25/2012 9:15:31 AM PDT by Nabber
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To: Nabber

Mourdock’s opponent, Donnelly, is a “pro-life” dem. He voted for Obamacare (with all the abortions included) and voted twice not to repeal it. He also voted for Planned Parenthood funding. Donnelly is now criticizing Mourdocks comments (and even his clarification). I hope he continues because it will only show how empty “pro life” Joe is.


38 posted on 10/25/2012 9:25:31 AM PDT by TMA62 (Al Sharpton - The North Korea of race relations)
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To: JediJones
the only thing you can legislate is morality.

Good luck with that. Puritanism, whether in service of sexual morality or environmentalism or political correctness, is an affront to liberty. It also loses elections. The purpose of legislation should be to protect personal freedom, not restrict it.

39 posted on 10/25/2012 9:27:18 AM PDT by vonkayel
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To: SeekAndFind

LET’S GO MISSOURI!!!!!!!! if we have to drag Akin over the finish line..we need this senate seat!


40 posted on 10/25/2012 9:42:01 AM PDT by katiedidit1
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To: GOPsterinMA

Why so confident about Brown? Last poll I saw was the opposite. But, I want to believe you!


41 posted on 10/25/2012 9:59:47 AM PDT by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Why so confident about Brown? Last poll I saw was the opposite. But, I want to believe you!


42 posted on 10/25/2012 10:02:02 AM PDT by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Why so confident about Brown? Last poll I saw was the opposite. But, I want to believe you!


43 posted on 10/25/2012 10:09:52 AM PDT by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: MrChips

“Why so confident about Brown?”

Because he’s lucky in that like the first time he ran, he’s running against a very unlikeable opponent. And that is a factor with the “undecideds” - likeability.


44 posted on 10/25/2012 10:18:40 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit, but it's better than a burqa.)
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To: soycd
Amen on those two just saying NO to any more rape nonsense questions. If they can’t simply say “Let the rape victims make their own decisions” then STFU.

Tell it to Paul Ryan who has the same position as Akin and Mourdock. I have no problem with people choosing the most diplomatic phrasing possible. They could say the government could pay all medical costs and counseling related to the pregnancy. But you're not pro-life if the answer isn't NO, unborn babies cannot be aborted unless it's necessary to save another human being's life.

If you can't legally kill a baby who was conceived in a rape after it's born, then you shouldn't be able to legally kill a baby who was conceived in rape before it's born. You aren't pro-life if you believe an unborn baby has less rights than a born baby, period, end of story.

45 posted on 10/25/2012 1:01:32 PM PDT by JediJones (Vote NO on Proposition Zero! Tuesday, November 6th!)
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To: vonkayel
Good luck with that. Puritanism, whether in service of sexual morality or environmentalism or political correctness, is an affront to liberty. It also loses elections. The purpose of legislation should be to protect personal freedom, not restrict it.

I fail to see any connection between sexual morality and environmentalism or political correctness. Bizarre comparison there.

I'm not saying all morality should be legislated. I'm saying ALL legislation is morality, whether it's a seat belt law, Dodd-Frank, the 2nd amendment, laws against rape, murder and theft, etc.

The purpose of anti-abortion legislation is to protect the life and liberty of people like you and me before we're unborn. I assume you support it since you say you support protecting personal freedom.

46 posted on 10/25/2012 1:06:45 PM PDT by JediJones (Vote NO on Proposition Zero! Tuesday, November 6th!)
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To: JediJones

> Tell it to Paul Ryan who has the same position as Akin and Mourdock.

At least Ryan can broach the subject without shoving his foot in his mouth. They could have said the potential child is innocent, but that’s not what they said.

Right now, winning the election is everything.


47 posted on 10/25/2012 2:12:25 PM PDT by soycd
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To: Fester Chugabrew

Hear Hear! Well stated.


48 posted on 10/25/2012 2:59:11 PM PDT by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: MustKnowHistory
Mourdock is a very good man. Donnelly is a sleaze.

This Hoosier agrees.
49 posted on 10/25/2012 3:01:16 PM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: SC_Pete

Yes, it was passed as a reconciliation bill.


50 posted on 10/25/2012 3:13:04 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useful idiots.)
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