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GOP faces Senate recruitment woes in key states (2014 elections)
Associated Press ^ | 4-27-2013 | THOMAS BEAUMONT

Posted on 04/27/2013 6:28:52 AM PDT by haffast

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans are struggling to recruit strong U.S. Senate candidates in states where the party has the best chances to reclaim the majority in Washington.

It's a potentially troubling sign that the GOP's post-2012 soul-searching could spill over into next year's congressional elections.

The vote is more than 18 months away, so it's early. But candidate recruitment efforts are well underway, and thus far Republicans have been unable to field a top-tier candidate in Iowa or Michigan.

In those two Mideast swing states, the GOP hopes to make a play for seats left open by the retirement of veteran Democrats.

The GOP is facing the prospect of contentious and expensive primaries in Georgia and perhaps West Virginia, Republican-leaning states where incumbents, one from each party, are not running again.

President Barack Obama is not on the ballot, so Republicans may have their best chance in years to try to retake the Senate. Changing the balance of power in the Senate would put a major crimp on Obama's efforts to enact his agenda and shape his legacy in the final two years of his presidency.

Republicans need to gain six seats to gain control of the Senate. Democrats will be defending 21 seats to Republicans' 14, meaning the GOP has more opportunities to try to win on Democratic turf.

Only recently, Republicans were reveling in the fact that several veteran Democrats were retiring in states where the GOP had not had a chance to win in decades.

Last week, Democrat Max Baucus of Montana became the latest to announce his retirement in a state that typically tilts Republican.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: congress; iowa; michigan; obama
"But others say that the meddling from Washington stifles the voices of voters, who they say ought to be in charge of shaping the party's future, even if the primary is loud and divisive."
1 posted on 04/27/2013 6:28:52 AM PDT by haffast
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To: haffast

Hard to know who to loathe more: the AP and other Jurassic media outlets denying the truth, or the corrupt DC estabs in the GOP.....damned close race!


2 posted on 04/27/2013 6:30:11 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: haffast

What’s that? The Rove wing of the party is having trouble recruiting candidates? Well, they will scream bloody murder when the Tea Party does it for them.

I have never seen a more inept political operation in my life as the Republican party.

This lays bare the true train wreck that the GOPe is.


3 posted on 04/27/2013 6:32:30 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: haffast

>> Republicans have been unable to field a top-tier candidate

“top-tier candidate” == “rich guy with liberal principles who has ‘paid his dues’ and will keep the government money flowing to consultants and contributors”


4 posted on 04/27/2013 6:32:32 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: haffast

Personally I like Dr Rob Steele for the Carl Levin seat.


5 posted on 04/27/2013 6:34:23 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Nervous Tick

Someone like Bob Dole ?


6 posted on 04/27/2013 6:34:28 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: haffast

The GOP is dead.

Period.

We conservatives have a long road ahead of us.

So many intelligent people to find and elect.

So many RINOs to capture, torture, and sentence to an eternity listening to hip hop.


7 posted on 04/27/2013 6:34:41 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Bob could be the poster child. There’s a long list of possibilities.


8 posted on 04/27/2013 6:37:31 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Da Coyote
"sentence to an eternity listening to hip hop."

...in Spanish.

9 posted on 04/27/2013 6:38:11 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Nervous Tick

Unfortunately its not just the GOPe meddling in races.

Ron and Rand Paul pressuring Justin Amash to forego Senate run, report says

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3012022/posts


10 posted on 04/27/2013 6:38:36 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Paladin2

“sentence to an eternity listening to hip hop.”
...in Spanish.

Agree.

Why didn’t I think of that?


11 posted on 04/27/2013 6:40:20 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: haffast

Iowa is “mideast”? AP writers are on LSD.

Iowa GOP has several potential good candidates: Rep. Steve King, SoS Matt Schultz, and Rep. Tom Latham. Romney and GOPe didn’t bother to set up an Iowa organization in 2012, so the ‘moderates’ are unlikely to field a serious candidate, though they will have a couple of second-tier hopefuls.


12 posted on 04/27/2013 6:43:24 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: haffast

Any candidate who will actually make a positive difference in D.C. is automatically undermined by the Ruling Class.

There’s no point to voting Republican any more.


13 posted on 04/27/2013 6:44:50 AM PDT by EricT. (Another Muslim terrorist. Who saw that coming?)
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To: Nervous Tick
I'm interested in who becomes the GOP candidate for the Harkin seat in Iowa. A western Iowa representative might be the guy...
14 posted on 04/27/2013 6:45:02 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: haffast

The AP is so worried that they won’t have enough time to dig through the garbage cans at the homes of potential GOP nominees. They want to get an early start.

Of course, if Jesus were to run on the Republican ticket, these lapdogs for the Dems could find something to hammer him.


15 posted on 04/27/2013 6:48:33 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Steve King is a true conservative.


16 posted on 04/27/2013 6:50:55 AM PDT by kabar
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To: jjotto

LOL The USA doesn’t have a region called the “Mideast” at all.


17 posted on 04/27/2013 6:53:32 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: txrefugee
“Of course, if Jesus were to run on the Republican ticket, these lapdogs for the Dems could find something to hammer him.”

***

Yes...He opposes homosexuality and abortion. Oh, and He consorts with prostitutes.

18 posted on 04/27/2013 6:57:26 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Da Coyote; Paladin2

Amnesty is working against me
And Amnesty wants to bring me down

Oh I'll never know what makes this man
With all the love that his heart can stand
Dream of ways to throw it all away

Oh Amnesty is working against me
And Amnesty wants to bring me down

Oh twice as much ain't twice as good
And can't sustain like a one half could
It's wanting more
That's gonna send me to my knees
[repeat]

Oh Amnesty, stay the hell away from me
And Amnesty has taken better men than me (now how can that be?)

Just keep me where the light is
Just keep me where the light is
Just keep me where the light is
C'mon keep me where the light is
C'mon keep me where the light is
Oh... where the light is! [repeat]

(with apologies to John Mayer)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VBex8zbDRs

19 posted on 04/27/2013 7:15:49 AM PDT by haffast (Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abe Lincoln)
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To: haffast
This, IMNVHO, is the biggest news story of the week, maybe the monbth, or year?

If something, anything, other than Team Obama and his devoted RINO sidekicks, does not take Congress in '14, we might as well start translating the Star Spangled Banner into Spanish and name High Schools after Trayvon Martin.

We Birthers will be able to argue pixels and layers, Article II concerns, and The Second Amendment all night long in the Napolitano Gulag Retraining Camps.

OTOH, I have always wanted to visit Latin America. Now Team Obama will bring its governments and lifestyles here for me, so I can live the experience.

Can we FReepers focus a bit more lucidly on winning the big game in '14? It is important.

20 posted on 04/27/2013 7:26:00 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The Obama Molecule: Teflon binds with Melanin = No Criminal Charges Stick)
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To: Da Coyote
“The GOP is dead.”
________________________

I agree!

The only political power have left (if it can be called that) is to either vote third party, or not vote at all. Oh, and I've grown way past weary of guys like Rush always warning us that “Third parties just don't work.”

Hey Rush, please explain to us what being good Republicans over the past few years has gotten us...hmmm? McCain, Romney, Boehner, Cantor, Cornyn, Graham, the refusal to repeal ObamaCare! It's gotten us nowhere! I've taken it in the shorts for the last time from the GOPe and Rove types! No more! I gave away every bit of self respect I had when I had to vote for Romney this past election.

The GOPe has caused we Conservatives to be at each others throats. There's still bad blood in FR from this past election. Sorry, but the only political power I have left is to vote third party, write in, or not vote. If the conservatives in the House like want to, they can come along for the ride, but I've lubed up for the last time for Rove, Luntz, and the wizards of dumb! Let these idiots beg the precious independents, moderates and Latinos they love so much!

21 posted on 04/27/2013 7:26:39 AM PDT by Artcore
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To: haffast

Hey, guys, why don’t you run some of those illegals you keep touting? Yeah, that’s the ticket, might as well run illegals for a senate position, we give them everything else.


22 posted on 04/27/2013 7:27:37 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Da Coyote

23 posted on 04/27/2013 7:40:01 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Bump!


24 posted on 04/27/2013 7:42:58 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
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To: cripplecreek

George Will wrote a pretty positive column on the prospects of Justin Amash in Michigan. Why would the Paul’s be trying to push him out?


25 posted on 04/27/2013 7:45:01 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: haffast; All
Pure AP BS..Look, the two Dem retirements came as a surprise. Harkin and Levin would have most likely won had the chose to run again, so no GOP possibilities had really planned for the race.. It takes a little while to do the political calculus and run the numbers..both polls and $$.

The real question to ask is WHY did Levin and Harkin both decide to bail? The answer is that they both figure that the GOP will take the Senate, and they don'[t want to spent their last term in office in the MINORITY..

26 posted on 04/27/2013 7:51:29 AM PDT by ken5050 (Not every Muslim is a terrorist, but just about every terrorist is a Muslim..)
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To: haffast

All Republican candidates need to be asked a few key questions, the most important of which is, “Will you agree to join the boycott of Karl Rove and his organization?”


27 posted on 04/27/2013 7:58:15 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: haffast
Butt pirate marriage... islamic terror, gun control and all of the evils of the left have tainted the dim party. Run honest men and women... not political machines or dynasty names... and you shall defeat evil and save America. No one wants a party republican... they are just as evil and corrupt as those that we call party dims... end of story.

LLS

28 posted on 04/27/2013 8:05:34 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: txrefugee

When JESUS returns this time... HE will be swinging the “hammer”.

LLS


29 posted on 04/27/2013 8:07:30 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: ken5050
Most dims do not want to be sitting in seats of power when obamacare and the rest of their treason collapses the US government and economy.

LLS

30 posted on 04/27/2013 8:10:52 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: haffast

Washington has to meddle. They’re scared to death they might end up with another Sarah Palin if they don’t. That’s why they’ll lose. I haven’t missed an election in 40 years but can’t wait to stay home next time if they but up another milquetoast candidate.


31 posted on 04/27/2013 8:25:36 AM PDT by AdaGray
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
All Republican candidates need to be asked a few key questions, the most important of which is, “Will you agree to join the boycott of Karl Rove and his organization?”

I for one am proud to be ahead of the curve on the NO TO ROVE train....having written the manual on it in fact: (shameless? perhaps, but ACCURATE )


32 posted on 04/27/2013 9:00:48 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: haffast

The GOP is acting like more of the same, hoping somehow it will turn out differently this time.

Gays. Immigration. All the same things which we as a party got on the wrong side of last time, are all in the mix this time as well.

GOP wake up. Stop outsourcing US jobs. Bring back jobs to America right now.

Do not cave to gays. Do not cave on immigration.

But we need jobs. American jobs. Now.


33 posted on 04/27/2013 9:03:44 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: AdaGray

Why would we end up with another Sarah Palin?

Why not end up with the real one?

:D


34 posted on 04/27/2013 9:05:01 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: haffast

Breaking news! AP! Iowa and Michigan have been moved to the “mideast!”


35 posted on 04/27/2013 9:06:25 AM PDT by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them or they more like we used to be?)
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To: cripplecreek

“LOL The USA doesn’t have a region called the “Mideast” at all.”

Maybe they were thinking of Dearborn, MI. That would probably considered both Midwest and Mideast.


36 posted on 04/27/2013 9:48:45 AM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

I see the question as being one of the really important questions that candidates need to be confronted with, along with the other real hot button issues of conservatives.


37 posted on 04/27/2013 10:04:57 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

The real one would be fine by me. I can only hope.


38 posted on 04/27/2013 5:50:48 PM PDT by AdaGray
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