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Republicans gain momentum in close fight for U.S. Senate
Reuters ^ | Mar 8, 2014 | John Whitesides

Posted on 03/08/2014 1:40:52 PM PST by Clintonfatigued

Eight months before the November 4 elections, Republicans have expanded the number of competitive races for U.S. Senate seats and have a growing chance of gaining control of that chamber and stalling Democratic President Barack Obama's second-term agenda.

Public dissatisfaction with the president, concerns about his healthcare overhaul and a sluggish economy, and a series of retirements by key Democratic senators in conservative states have made a rugged year for Democrats even more so, analysts and strategists in both parties say.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2014midterms; democratcare; donkeycare; jackasscare

1 posted on 03/08/2014 1:40:52 PM PST by Clintonfatigued
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; LdSentinal; ExTexasRedhead; ...

It’s promising but not guaranteed. The patriotic grass roots needs to get out and make it happen.


2 posted on 03/08/2014 1:42:07 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (The War on Drugs is Big Government statism)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Your inbox will soon be filled with dozens of posts by whining rotters who will crow about how were are doomed, doooooooooooooooooooomed to defeat!


3 posted on 03/08/2014 1:45:50 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Clintonfatigued; Impy

Since it appears Lamar! will win renomination, he will do so without my vote again in either the primary or the general. 5th most liberal Republican representing a Conservative state like mine is disgusting (and he has his pimps out telling people how “Conservative” he is when his votes tell another story). A damnable liar whose mantra in his book was “two terms and out.”

Execrable establishment RINOs like him are why it makes no difference which party is in power because nothing will change. It’s the same crap when we had 2 Democrats from Tennessee. Voting wrong and coming back every 6 years to say how “Conservative” they are.


4 posted on 03/08/2014 1:49:32 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Drudge is running an interesting poll today letting people vote their pick for the GOP presidential candidate. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are about tied and between them have nearly 60% of the 59K votes cast so far.


5 posted on 03/08/2014 1:50:58 PM PST by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

There is a state Representative running in the primary. Maybe you could vote for him and perhaps give yard signs to your close friends and relatives.


6 posted on 03/08/2014 1:51:15 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (The War on Drugs is Big Government statism)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Who do you have “ahead” of Lamar? Collins, Kirk, Murkowski, and ?


7 posted on 03/08/2014 1:53:09 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Now you’ll get some posts saying that this is very bad news.


8 posted on 03/08/2014 1:56:47 PM PST by Blackirish
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To: Clintonfatigued

I’m aware of Joe Carr’s campaign. I’m voting for him. He also has almost NO money and as a result, no momentum. We also have the serious problem of open primaries with Democrat interference and NO runoffs. It’s no surprise that we’ve ended up with three RINOs in the Senate and Governor’s office (the latter being only marginally better, if only because the legislature could override him easily if he went full Sundquist).

I also don’t have any relatives in TN, besides my parents. I’ve tried to lobby my uncle to vote for McDaniel in MS, but he won’t do it, saying Cochran helped him with his job some time ago.


9 posted on 03/08/2014 1:57:59 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Clintonfatigued

A new poll in NH shows Scott Brown trailing by 13 points. With these numbers Brown might not even get in the race. NH is purple trending blue. Sad to see this once great state lost.

We see the same thing in CO, VA, NV, & NM....all lost to the left.


10 posted on 03/08/2014 2:00:08 PM PST by LongWayHome
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To: Impy

I was looking at an article that had him ranked 40th in the Senate, but I didn’t see the names bringing up the bottom. It’s possible Cochran may be in that group.


11 posted on 03/08/2014 2:00:42 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Clintonfatigued
... a growing chance of gaining control of that chamber and stalling Democratic President Barack Obama's second-term agenda.

If Obamanationcare can't be repealed, hoping for gridlock on the rest of the dictator's nefarious schemes.

12 posted on 03/08/2014 2:03:20 PM PST by luvbach1 (We are finished)
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To: LongWayHome

The Suffolk poll which you learned of is not the most reliable poll around. It’s still winnable and Brown hasn’t even entered the race yet.

We have a lot of opportunities to choose from.


13 posted on 03/08/2014 2:03:40 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (The War on Drugs is Big Government statism)
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To: Clintonfatigued

The Suffolk poll has had its ups & downs. And of course it’s early & Brown is not in yet, but NH is moving away from us at a shocking rate. Look at the 2 reps. The idiot Shea-Porter & the radical Kuster.....those 2 could never get elected state-wide in NH 10 or 15 years ago.


14 posted on 03/08/2014 2:09:42 PM PST by LongWayHome
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; Clintonfatigued

That would appear to be the national journal rankings (Numbers for last year only). They have him at 40th in terms of “most conservative”, tied with Lindsey Graham (so there is no 41). They have Kirk AHEAD of him at 36th though so...yeah, I don’t know about that. They have McCain to his left at 43rd most Conservative. Collins is 45, Murkowski is 44. Roy Blunt is 42 (I don’t know if he’s that bad but he needs to go).

Cochran is way up at 34.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/free/document/download/5077-1


15 posted on 03/08/2014 2:18:08 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: LongWayHome

The Union - Leader (the newspaper that took Muskie out in 72) is not the paper it was. the paper - Much Conservative when Loeb was alive is now moderate.


16 posted on 03/08/2014 2:25:18 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014: The Year of DEAD RINOS)
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To: All
LOCK-STEPPING PARTY LOYALTY---DEMOCRATS AND THE BIG LIE:

<><> Bill Clinton never had sex w/ "that woman,"

<><> Obama said "keep your plan" 29 times to get reelected,

<><> Harry Reid said everyone claiming to be hurt by O/Care is a liar,

<><>Hillary Clinton got fired from the Watergate Commission for lying

<><> Nancy Pelosi swore everything Obama said about O'Care was accurate,

<><> Debbie Wasssername Schultz said Democrats are gonna run and win on the glories of O/Care.

17 posted on 03/08/2014 2:28:59 PM PST by Liz
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To: Clintonfatigued

The republican party and their brilliant campaign consultants have a history of taking leads to mean it’s time to start coasting to the finish line.


18 posted on 03/08/2014 2:29:42 PM PST by MNnice
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Same thing going on here in South Carolina with linda graham. She’s such a “conservative.” Right.


19 posted on 03/08/2014 2:33:58 PM PST by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: LongWayHome; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; InterceptPoint; Clintonfatigued; GregNH; andy58-in-nh; ...
A new poll in NH shows Scott Brown trailing by 13 points.

Brown is kind of a RINO but he does have a history of coming from behind, as he did in that shocking surprise in the special election to fill the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat.

One good reason why Brown is now trailing is lack of name recognition vs. the 'Rat incumbent. Merely entering the race and the attention that event alone might generate can get him closer or even put him ahead.

20 posted on 03/08/2014 2:34:59 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: LongWayHome

Gardener is gonna win in CO.


21 posted on 03/08/2014 2:36:36 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: justiceseeker93

As I said before I don’t like the idea of running Brown in NH, (he should run in MA) but since the NH GOP has nothing else to offer, I can’t object.


22 posted on 03/08/2014 2:37:48 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy
Collins, Kirk, Murkowski, and ?

Kirk is up for re-election in 2016. It being Illinois I don't see him being re-elected.

23 posted on 03/08/2014 2:40:02 PM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: justiceseeker93
One good reason why Brown is now trailing is lack of name recognition vs. the 'Rat incumbent.

He was the senator from the Massachusetts and you think he doesn't have name recognition in New Hampshire? I think it's more due to him being a carpetbagger. Not every state is a New York who welcomes them with open arms.

24 posted on 03/08/2014 2:42:09 PM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: DoodleDawg

Kirk is protected by the Combine, same as Durbin.


25 posted on 03/08/2014 2:47:15 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

> “He also has almost NO money ...”

And there it is.

Liberals have boatloads of money obtained illicitly.


26 posted on 03/08/2014 2:47:39 PM PST by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: ExCTCitizen

You are right. The Union Leader is a center-right paper these days. With TV & electronic media in place they no longer control the message in the state.


27 posted on 03/08/2014 2:50:33 PM PST by LongWayHome
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Kirk is protected by the Combine, same as Durbin.

Kirk is what passes for a Republican in the bluest of Blue states. Plus it's a presidential election year. And there's his health issue. I'd say he's toast.

28 posted on 03/08/2014 2:53:36 PM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: LongWayHome

The Suffolk poll is based on Massholes…disregard. Scott Brown is a wussy, NH will love him. All three Conservatives that is.


29 posted on 03/08/2014 2:56:47 PM PST by acapesket
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To: DoodleDawg

Naah, there’s real Republicans in Illinois. He was the fakest of the bunch. He’s a puppet of the same political clique that elevated Zero to power, too. If the GOP gets a majority this year, the Combine will need to keep Kirk in there. They’re also going to anoint another Combiner RINO (and Rahm Emanuel buddy) in Rauner as Governor this year to replace the current Combiner Democrat. All one big happy corrupt bipartisan cabal in Illinois.


30 posted on 03/08/2014 2:59:22 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
If the GOP gets a majority this year, the Combine will need to keep Kirk in there.

If the GOP takes over the Senate this year then the Democrats will make it a point to target Kirk and beat him. They'll run Simon or Duckworth or some African-American candidate and pick the seat back up.

31 posted on 03/08/2014 3:04:54 PM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: DoodleDawg; All
He was the senator from the Massachusetts and you think he doesn't have name recognition in New Hampshire?

He was only in the Senate for a short time and he's been out for a while now. Most voters have a very poor historical memory when it comes to politics, which is a major reason why 'Rats win more elections than they otherwise would.

32 posted on 03/08/2014 3:06:26 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: upchuck

I believe that you will find the Palmetto people are as dense as the Cornball Texans when it comes to Loveable Lindsey, who will be easily re-nominated and then reelected. Palmettos and Lone Stars demand brand names, and there is nothing we can do about it.


33 posted on 03/08/2014 3:19:29 PM PST by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Run on an unapologetically conservative platform - smaller government, tax relief, dismantle Obamacare, strong defense, enforce our immigration laws - and the senate is their's in a cakewalk.

But whoa unto the GOP if they again fail to deliver.

34 posted on 03/08/2014 3:21:25 PM PST by skeeter
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To: acapesket

Scott Brown did more damage to Obamacare then Ted Cruz did.


35 posted on 03/08/2014 3:59:38 PM PST by Blackirish
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To: Theodore R.
"lovable linda" isn't doing so hot in the polls now. And she has, as of last count, five challengers to overcome in the primary. These are: businesswoman Nancy Mace, state Sen. Lee Bright, activist Richard Cash, attorney Bill Connor and Pastor Det Bowers.

And there's this:

Source.

linda needs 50% +1 in the primary to avoid a runoff. Her chances of that are flagging.

36 posted on 03/08/2014 4:06:10 PM PST by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Never fear. The Republicans will enfranchise 20 million new Democrat voters before November.


37 posted on 03/08/2014 6:50:02 PM PST by stevem
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To: DoodleDawg; fieldmarshaldj; Impy
>> Kirk is what passes for a Republican in the bluest of Blue states <<

Actually, we have an unabashedly pro-life and pro-gun Republican elected to a statewide office right now (Dan Rutherford, Illinois State Treasurer). He easily carried all the "moderate" suburbs where you supposedly to have worship Planned Parenthood and hate guns to be "electable". (the Mark Kirk fan club ignored that fact, of course). Anyway, that's more than can be said for "conservative" states like Virginia.

Unfortunately, the combine decided to destroy him because he opted to run for Governor this year without their blessing. Worse, a bunch of useful idiot Illinois "conservatives" believe whatever the liberal media tells them about Rutherford. The manufactured "sexual harassment scandal" will disappear once he's no longer running for office, like the ones the left used against Clarence Thomas and Herman Cain.

38 posted on 03/08/2014 7:21:33 PM PST by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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To: DoodleDawg; fieldmarshaldj; Impy
>> If the GOP takes over the Senate this year then the Democrats will make it a point to target Kirk and beat him. <<

If the Senate is down to the wire and Kirk's seat could decide the majority, Kirk will pull a Jim Jeffords/Arlen Specter and announce he's switching parties because he "cannot in good conscience caucus with tea party extremists that have hijacked the Republican agenda". He'll hold a press conference with his fawning pals in the liberal media and tell everyone nothing has changed his party affliction and that he will continue to be "a voice for moderation within the Democratic caucus", then he will veer far to the left shortly afterwards. All the freepers who told us back in 2010 that Kirk is "with us when it counts" and laughed off the idea that Kirk would ever switch parties will be AWOL.

In the event Kirk has an epiphany, betrays his combine masters, and does NOT switch parties, I agree he'd be "toast" and they'd take him out with an official RAT party member.

Of course, I don't see a scenario unfolding where Kirk's seat will make the difference over who controls the Senate. Mostly likely, Illinois won't matter nationally in 2016, and Kirk will continue to do the Dem's bidding as a "Republican" Senator.

39 posted on 03/08/2014 7:41:51 PM PST by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Brown is pro-abortion, pro-gay-marriage, and supports “sensible” gun control legislation.

I’ll not be voting for him in the primary or in the general.


40 posted on 03/09/2014 6:46:37 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Westbrook; Impy; Clintonfatigued
>>> Brown is pro-abortion, pro-gay-marriage, and supports “sensible” gun control legislation. <<

Worse, I remember Brown stabbing us in the back on some "fiscal issues" where he was supposed to be "with us" and he didn't even have an excuse that he "had to" vote with the RATs, since polls showed the GOP position enjoyed widespread support.

But as Impy notes, unfortunately there aren't any other opinions in NH right now. Personally I think NH conservative groups ought to meet with Brown privately and get an agreement hammered out that they will back his candidacy IF he promises to votes more conservatively on some key issues than he did when he was a Massachuttes Senator. (He doesn't even need to campaign on those issues, just quietly move rightward once elected) His liberal record may have been typical for a Massachuttes "Republican", but is it to the left of even the "moderate" Republicans in N.H.

41 posted on 03/09/2014 8:09:44 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Looking at the weather lately, I could really use some 'global warming' right now!)
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