Skip to comments.Democrat Senate Panic: Gardner Makes A Total Of 14 Democratic Seats Vulnerable
Posted on 02/27/2014 9:29:16 AM PST by Hojczyk
The GOPs probability of taking over the United States Senate increased dramatically Wednesday with the entry of Rep. Cory Gardner into the race against incumbent Obamacare enthusiast Senator Mark Udall in Colorado.
1. West Virginia: Rep. Shelley Moore Capito v. no one. Jay Rockefeller quit after Capito got into the race. She will win, going away.
2. South Dakota: Former Governor Mike Rounds in South Dakota v. no one in South Dakota This is a mortal lock for the popular Rounds.
3. Arkansas: Rep. Tom Cotton v. the hapless legacy senator Mark Pryor in Ark Pryor won his seat because his dad held it for years. Now the combat veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq Tom Cotton has a lead and is building it day by day, as shrinking Pryor struggles to erase all his positive endorsements of Obamacare. Most recently he was for repealing the cuts to career military COLAs after he was for them.
4. North Carolina: A businessman and former Speaker of the North Carolina House Thom Tillis is already ahead of another Obamacare booster, Denocratic incumbent Kay Hagan.
5. Michigan: Former Lt. Governor Terri Lynne Land is contesting an open seat left so by ancient Carl Levin, who has designated a no name with a propensity to disappear even more from voters minds. Land is running on the same ticket with popular GOP governor Rick Snyder, and has established an early lead.
6. Virginia: Ed Gillespie is running against a popular former governor-turned-senator Mark Warner, in a purple state, but Warner is tightly tied to both Obamacare and the new governor Terry McAullife, and Gillespie is a pros pro with terrific fundraising ability and genuine and deep roots in the Commonwealth.
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8. Montana: Rep. Steve Daines must unseat the recently appointed John Walsh, who was gifted his seat when clueless Max (Obamacare is a train wreck) Baucus was exiled to China in an obvious attempt to hang on to the seat.
9. Colorado: Rep. Gardner is young, charismatic and an experienced veteran of Rocky Mountain State politics who spent years on the U.S. Senate staff of Wayne Allard, a stint in the Colorado legislature, and checked both big boxes as a CSU undergrad and CU law grad. Mark Udall is Narack Obama in a badly fitting cowboy hat.
10. Louisiana: Rep. Bill Cassidy is in a dead heat with long-time hanger on Mary Landrieu, and will have to go through the jungle primary before facing Landrieu head-on a few weeks later. If, as expected, the Republicans already control the incoming majority, he will win in a romp. If the Senate hangs in the balance, more money will flow into the Lousiana race than has ever been seen there before.
11. Minnesota: Mike McFadden is a self-funding successful businessman who has an uphill but doable battle with comedian Al Franken, who along with Bernie Sanders and Barbara Boxer, define the left edge of the United States Senate. If Gopher State voters get tired of being the butto jokes because of Franken, McFadden can win here.
12. Iowa: This is an open seat, but with popular Republican governor Terry Branstad running for an easy re-election, if the GOP nominates the right candidate from among many contenders, he or she could win in November against an off-the-shelf-left-wing Democrat, blah blah blah Bruce Braley.
13. Oregon: Dr. Monica Wehby is a pediatric neurosugeon exactly the sort of person Obamacrae booster incumbent Jeff Merkely didnt want to face but will in November.
14. New Hampshire: Democrat Jeanne Shaheen is praying Scott Brown doesnt get into the race, but the former Massachusetts senator has been a second-home resident of the Granite State for decades and may take the plunge. If he does or if columnist-to-the-world Mark Steyn dives in Shaheen who delivered Obamacare and all its misery to New Hampshire, will be in deep trouble.
Theres the list that makes Harry Reid twitch. How wonderful it will be to see him live with the rules he has enacted, all the precedents he has dashed, all the abuses he brought about. Cory Gardner made a lot of people happy yesterday, but not nearly as happy as November will make them.
If the GOPe wins them it won’t really matter.
Would he do it????
Hewitt is the GOP Insider’s insider. He’s as conventional wisdom as they get. He knows about half of what he predicts. Half the GOP people here might not get out of their primaries, let alone win the state outright.
I know there’s been a lack of enthusiasm for Gillespie in VA, but taking out Warner will pay huge dividends well beyond just picking up a Senate seat. VA is a must win state for Dems in 2016, and a Warner defeat is going to majorly change the political calculations of all the top tier Dems. It might even provoke an open civil war in the Dem Party as Obamas hung out to dry. ..
The moment after we win 51/49, we need to call in and demand that CRUZ be made majority leader.
I’m new to Colorado but this was SO big it was news everywhere.
Feeling is this could push Colorado back to the Red if they can fight off The Machine.
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He made on mistake on WV. Rockefeller retired. Then Capito announced. IIRC, she does have Natalie Tennant, D as opposition.
Mr. Steyn won't be doing any weak sister, nancy boy responses to attacks. Woohoo!!
Bets on how long it takes one of the RINOs to switch if that happens?
The Oregon senate seat should be an easy pickup, as Merkley’s approval numbers are way down. But Monica Wehby isn’t very strong as a speaker & keeps missing debates with Jason Conger. Conger is currently in the Oregon House, but he’s got issues of his own. I’d dearly love to see Merkley go down!
Pretty much. Not a Ted Cruz among the candidates discussed.
Hugh is the mouthpiece of the GOPe. Do we trust this Gardner guy? Does he have Ted’s approval?
Taking the Senate is a given, sadly though, even if we swept the election completely which won’t happen, we are still not at the 67 votes needed to override vetos.