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5 Senate Races to Watch for GOP Success
Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2013 | Heather Ginsberg

Posted on 06/08/2013 11:10:28 AM PDT by Kaslin

After the recent death of Senator Frank Lautenberg and Chris Christie’s following announcement of a special election later this year, it reminds us that there are some critical senate seats up for grabs that could be potential winners for the GOP. Depending on recruiting capabilities and ease of fundraising, we could see Republican senators in some surprising places.

1) New Hampshire

Now this won’t be an automatic win by any means, but it is an interesting race to watch because of the potential candidates in the race. It has been mentioned that Scott Brown, the former senator from Massachusetts, could cross state lines and take on incumbent, Jeanne Shaheen. It looks like if Brown actually takes the plunge and decides to run in New Hampshire, he is the one with the best chance of beating an old favorite.

There are other Republicans thinking about entering the race, but it is clear that national Republicans see a better chance with Brown. He will face a lot of criticism, crossing state lines and all, but he seems to be the best chance at a GOP victory in the Granite State.

2) Michigan

Well, we are all aware of the impending retirement of Democratic Senator Carl Levin. So now we look forward to who will try to enter the race. It looks like the national GOP is going to have step its game up in the recruiting for this race. Their top pick, Rep. Mike Rogers, is hesitant to join the race.

Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land has stepped up to run against the Democrat, but there is some worry at the top that this is not the best chance for Republicans. Many would feel more comfortable with Rogers in the race.

3) Arkansas

We all know that Arkansas is one of the historically red states, but they have had a long sitting Democratic senator who is looking extremely vulnerable in the next election cycle. Senator Mark Pryor is going to have a tough fight to make it through this challenge from the Republican’s ideal candidate, Rep. Tom Cotton.

It looks like Cotton will run and has a very good chance at taking out the Democrat.

4) Iowa

Back in January Senator John Harkin announced he would not be seeking re-election, which leaves open a large opportunity for Republicans. However, many are concerned that this could be a missed chance because the high profile candidate that was wanted by national GOP members doesn’t want to take the plunge.

Now it appears that we are going to have to battle it out in a tough primary season to see who the Republican candidate will be. But to be honest, this would be looking like a lot more optimistic situation had there been a clear frontrunner. Iowa will be an important state to keep an eye on for this reason.

5) Montana

Once again recruiting is going to play a major role in who ends up taking the Republican nomination in Montana to succeed Democratic Senator Max Baucus. There are a few potential candidates right now that are thinking about entering the race.

Former GOP Governor Marc Racicot is a favorite among national Republicans, but if he chooses to forgo the race, Rep. Steve Daines is another option. Democratic Governor Brian Schweitzer is looking at running for the Democrats and this is a tough one for Republicans to think about.

If Schweitzer chooses to enter the race, it could be a tough one for the Republicans to win.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 113th; 2014midterms; goppickups; senateraces

1 posted on 06/08/2013 11:10:28 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

If it’s GOP-e success, then it’s the same as DNC success. History bears that out.


2 posted on 06/08/2013 11:13:22 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Kaslin

New Hampshire and Michigan ain’t happening.

The other three look ‘decent to strong chances’ to me.


3 posted on 06/08/2013 11:14:28 AM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: Kaslin

How about a link to the article not the photo.


4 posted on 06/08/2013 11:19:44 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: Kaslin

If Scott Brown couldn’t beat the loon...Granny Warren there’s no way he’ll head to NH and beat Shaheen.


5 posted on 06/08/2013 11:22:48 AM PDT by surrey
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To: A.A. Cunningham

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/heatherginsberg/2013/06/08/5-senate-races-to-watch-for-gop-success-n1615902


6 posted on 06/08/2013 11:31:00 AM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: Kaslin
The GOPee establishment RINOs are lining up to run “moderates” or RINOs vs. leftie Donkeys. Who do you think the “low information voters” will vote for? The RINOs of the GOPee or the Donkey Party of Santa Claus? Good luck with that you morons of the GOPee establishment.
7 posted on 06/08/2013 11:31:06 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: Kaslin

BEWARE THE OBAMA VOTER FRAUD NETWORK

8 posted on 06/08/2013 11:33:12 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Ted Grant

Mike Rogers could win in Mi.

Gary Peters , the RAT candidate, is far too liberal for the state today.


9 posted on 06/08/2013 11:35:55 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t trust the GOP to back any conservatives. The elites want a chamber full Mccains and Grahams..


10 posted on 06/08/2013 12:04:25 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Skip impeachment and move straight to deportation..)
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To: Kaslin
Nobody is going to beat Schweitzer in Montana if he runs.
11 posted on 06/08/2013 12:13:49 PM PDT by montanajoe
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To: cardinal4; Kaslin
One race to watch for Conservative success will be the Georgia GOP primary. Should Conservatives win, this state could actually have a Senator that stands for smaller government, ending deficit spending, and defunding Obamacare. But should the state GOP win, we will be stuck with another RINO in the mold of Saxby Chambliss or Johnny Isakson.

I hate to admit it, but the last conservative Senator this State had was Democrat Zell Miller.

12 posted on 06/08/2013 12:21:41 PM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: Kaslin

Sen John Harkin? Either Heather or her editor is a moron. Seems unlikely they did any real research.


13 posted on 06/08/2013 12:23:51 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Kaslin
Frankly, nothing could be more foolish than for the Federal Republican Party to continue to try to dictate to the State Parties, who should represent them in the United States Senate races. Th whole function of the Senate is to represent the several States. We do not need or want some form of consolidated power base, a la a Bolshevik or National Socialist, or other corrupt Utilitarian model.

There are very clear conflicts of interest here, and those are more likely to be recognized among potential Republican voters than among others. This, in other words, is the way that Republican light-weights (intellectual lightweights, like Karl Rove) turn off potential voters.

William Flax

14 posted on 06/08/2013 12:24:49 PM PDT by Ohioan
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To: Hoodat

Don’t feel too bad, I live in Illinois..!


15 posted on 06/08/2013 12:35:38 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Skip impeachment and move straight to deportation..)
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To: Kaslin

Well there’s a funny word pairing. Putting GOP and success next to each other in the same sentence.

That’s like putting Cubs and Pennant next to each other.


16 posted on 06/08/2013 12:47:44 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Kaslin

We need to retake the Senate to make Obama a lameduck for the next two years!


17 posted on 06/08/2013 12:54:27 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: montanajoe

I agree that Brian Schweitzer will be unbeatable if he runs.

He is a rascally scoundrel who loves himself a bit more than he loves Montana.

Remember when he used his VETO branding iron on all the republican bills that were put before him as governor?

I’d like to see a “death cage” match between him and Chuckie Schumer for the chance to be on camera!


18 posted on 06/08/2013 1:19:08 PM PDT by montomike (Politics should be about service and not a lucrative, money-making opportunity!)
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To: Kaslin

Did not know that Combover Carl is packing it in.
I thought Senators were sort of required to die in place?


19 posted on 06/08/2013 1:21:33 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: nascarnation

GOP Poll: Massachusetts Senate Race a Statistical Tie

A Republican polling firm has found that the Massachusetts special election for the U.S. Senate is in a dead heat. Democrat Ed Markey, the longtime congressman, leads Republican and first-time candidate Gabriel Gomez by just a point. According to McLaughlin and Associates, a firm that often works for Republican candidates, 45 percent of likely voters in Massachusetts support Markey, while 44 percent support Gomez and 11 percent remain undecided. The election is on June 25.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/gop-poll-massachusetts-senate-race-statistical-tie_734018.html

20 posted on 06/08/2013 1:24:43 PM PDT by Robwin
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To: Robwin

Your Republican polling firm obviously did not poll any dead voters.


21 posted on 06/08/2013 1:34:42 PM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: fortheDeclaration

We a good chance to take it in 2012 too, if people hadn’t stayed home or didn’t think the senate was important


22 posted on 06/08/2013 1:45:54 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: jjotto
explain to me why would you say that?

From Wikipedia

On January 26, 2013, he announced his intentions to retire from the Senate after completing his fifth term in 2015

23 posted on 06/08/2013 1:54:36 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

my apology. I thought I put the link in, I must have put the same link, that I put in for the picture


24 posted on 06/08/2013 1:58:18 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: mardi59

Thanks


25 posted on 06/08/2013 1:58:52 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

His name is TOM Harkin.


26 posted on 06/08/2013 2:25:58 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: jjotto

She must have mistook him for some John Harkin who is running for State Senate


27 posted on 06/08/2013 2:30:58 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
Little Mary *RAT* Landrieu of Louisiana may have a rough go of it in 2014.

Several congressman are capable of giving her the boot if they decide to run............Just saying.

28 posted on 06/08/2013 2:35:10 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Trey Gowdy......Nuff said.)
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To: Beagle8U

I agree that Michigan is in play. New Hampshire no way. That state has been invaded by the Massholes, and I doubt Brown will run against Shaheen anyway.

The path to victory is (WV, SD, LA, AR, AK, NC)
Any potential loss in these races could be compensated with Michigan or Iowa. Schweitzer has essentially knocked Montana out of play, which is insanely annoying as this is a red state with two rat senators.

We also have the wild card in Mass, with RINO Gomez polling better than he has any right to. Whether you count him as a real win is debatable, but the majority does come with certain powers.


29 posted on 06/08/2013 3:06:52 PM PDT by Viennacon (Universalist Unitarian Church - It's like the DNC, except with more booing of God)
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To: Kaslin

Yes, losing in 2 States that Romney won really hurt!


30 posted on 06/08/2013 4:14:07 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: fortheDeclaration

We need to retake the Senate to make Obama a lameduck for the next two years!


The GOP is not going to go all in to retake the Senate. The beltway GOP is fine with the way it is now with Obama in the WH. Reid is a buffer and they have shown little interest in engaging Obama directly.

The GOP prefer to let voters do the heavy lifting and that is a sure loser strategy at this time in history.

The beltway GOP have been focusing nearly all energy on marginalizing conservatives. Amnesty, adopting the vocabulary of the left, leadership punishing conservative Reps, etc., etc. They will do everything they can to prevent conservatives getting on the ballot.


31 posted on 06/08/2013 4:14:57 PM PDT by lodi90
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To: Beagle8U

What about Thaddeus McCotter? Is he interested in getting back into elective office? If he is, I suppose he would try to regain his House seat rather than run for Senate.


32 posted on 06/08/2013 5:04:12 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Kaslin

I think that the repubs in South Dakota have a decent chance to take back the seat Tim Johnson stoled.


33 posted on 06/08/2013 5:57:41 PM PDT by South Dakota (shut up and build a bakken pipe line)
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To: jjotto
Sen John Harkin?

Yeah, I was grimacing as I sailed through this fluff, but when I got to that I couldn't take any more.

34 posted on 06/08/2013 6:03:52 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Viennacon
Whether you count him as a real win is debatable, but the majority does come with certain powers.

That scumbag Gomez is a Democrat. No way would he bother keeping up the "Republican" charade if he won.
I hope he gets buried.

35 posted on 06/08/2013 6:07:19 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Ted Grant

Not Montana, especially if former governor Brian Schweitzer runs.
Monatana should be a predictably Republican state but far left Missoula, Bozeman and Butte consistantly vote the Rats in. Strong labor unions and podunk universities.


36 posted on 06/08/2013 6:11:24 PM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: Kaslin
With respects

What in the good name of gravy train makes you think that the GOP is any good for America.

With all the crime and abdication of their oath's, what makes you think supporting the GOP is going to change the downward spiral that we are in?

If the idiot voters in this country continue to vote in the "chosen candidate" of either party nothing will change.

And before the readers of this missive get their panties in a wad.... if you voted for the same old candidate that these clowns picked for you, guess what... your an idiot.

37 posted on 06/08/2013 9:03:12 PM PDT by SERE_DOC ( “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” TJ.)
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To: Kaslin; All
The previous was directed at the author "Heather Ginsberg" of this gem.

Not Kaslin...

38 posted on 06/08/2013 9:06:24 PM PDT by SERE_DOC ( “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” TJ.)
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To: Hoodat; Impy
>> I hate to admit it, but the last conservative Senator this State had was Democrat Zell Miller. <<

Zig Zag Zell was NEVER consistently conservative until he announced his retirement. During his Senate career, he campaigned for Max Cleland's re-election and cast the 50th vote to hand control of the Senate to Tom Daschle when Jeffords became an "independent". His "RINO" successor Johnny Isakson had a far higher ACU rating each year in the Senate, and voted more consistently conservative than Zell ever had.

Why so many Georgia freepers are in love with Zell, I'll never know. Perhaps it was because he talked a good game. Talk is cheap, and he doesn't even do that anymore.

39 posted on 06/08/2013 9:44:02 PM PDT by BillyBoy ( Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: Kaslin

We’re hoping in West Virginia that Rep (R) shelly moore Capito has a chance to win the Senate seat vacated by Rockefeller


40 posted on 06/09/2013 6:36:21 AM PDT by MadelineZapeezda (Remember, this is an administration which will not profile terrorists, but profile patriots? /Newt)
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To: Hoodat; BillyBoy; cardinal4; Kaslin; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican
I hate to admit it, but the last conservative Senator this State had was Democrat Zell Miller.

Well since you hated to admit that you'll be glad to know that you are way off base.

That sonofab1tch propped up Tom Dasshole for 2 years and stumped for his liberal buddy Maxie Pad Cleland in 2002, you call that conservative? His voting record was moderate at first, he only voted conservative AFTER Republicans took back the Senate.

He was the ultimate finger in the wind politician. Whatever the prevailing wind in Georgia he went along with it. From segregationist to Carter liberal to Clintonite "New Democrat" to "Conservative" (moderate) Democrat to DINO (once the GOP took over and he was retiring) though still unwilling to officially leave the party of treason.

I'll a take an establishment Republican like Isakson or Suxby over THAT any day of the week. It's important in going after RINOs that we don't engage in hyperbolic nonsense like "Zell Miller was more conservative".

41 posted on 06/10/2013 10:32:58 PM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Kaslin

Brown is an idiot, he could have beaten Markey in MA.


42 posted on 06/10/2013 10:33:43 PM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Impy

Except that Markey didn’t run for Senator and Brown didn’t run for Congressman


43 posted on 06/11/2013 3:42:34 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

What?

I mean in upcoming the special election.


44 posted on 06/11/2013 4:31:13 AM PDT by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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