Skip to comments.Top 10 Senate Races of 2006
Posted on 01/23/2006 8:03:28 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
10. Rhode Island
Lincoln Chafee, easily one of the most liberal Republicans in the Senate, faces a determined primary challenge from Cranston Mayor Steven Laffey, who is more conservative. The Democratic nominee is likely to be former State Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse.
Arch-liberal Debbie Stabenow was the closest winner among new Democratic senators elected in 2000. At a time when Michigan GOPers are on a political roll under State Chairman Saul Anuzis, she will face a strong challenge from either of the potential Republican candidatesOakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard or former Detroit City Councilman Keith Butler, an articulate black conservative.
With Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist retiring, Democrats are going all out for Rep. Harold Ford, Jr., their 1996 national convention keynoter and one of the most high-profile black Democratic office-holders. The GOP primary to succeed Frist features three strong contenders: former Rep. Van Hilleary; former Rep. and Clinton impeachment manager Ed Bryant; and former State Party Chairman Bob Coker, who has vast personal resources to spend on his campaign.
Conservative Rep. Katherine Harris, who as secretary of state in 2000 certified Floridas electoral votes for George W. Bush and thus helped make him President, is the certain GOP challenger to moderate Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. National Republicans fear Harris will stir up Democratic anger around the country, but she enjoys heroine status among her states grassroots GOP activists.
Two-term GOP Sen. Jon Kyl faces a well-funded challenge from multi-millionaire developer and State Democratic Chairman Jim Pedersen, who is credited with rebuilding the state party with his personal wealth.
Freshman Republican Sen. Jim Talent, a strong conservative, narrowly won an 02 special election over the widow of the late Democratic Gov. Mel Carnahan. Polls show Talent in a neck-and-neck battle this year against liberal Democrat Claire McCaskill, the former state auditor who lost the governorship in a squeaker in 04.
Republican Sen. Conrad Burns, who survived a close call in 2000, has given back more than $150,000 in donations generated by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Latest polls show an increasingly close race against the Democratic candidate, State Auditor John Morrison.
The seat Sen. Mark Dayton (D.) is relinquishing is perhaps the GOPs best chance of a net gain in the Senate anywhere. In a state gradually turning red, conservative Rep. Mark Kennedy has wrapped up the GOP nomination, while four lesser-known Democrats are vying for their partys nod to succeed Dayton.
Rep. Ben Cardin and former NAACP head Kweisi Mfume are waging a fierce battle for the Democratic nomination to succeed retiring Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D.). Their infighting could help Republican Lt. Gov. Michael Steele become the second black GOP senator in the nation since Reconstruction. A Rasmussen poll shows pro-lifer Steele slightly leading both Cardin and Mfume.
Easily the showcase race for conservatives throughout the nation. Two-term Sen. Rick Santorum (R.), outspoken on abortion and conservative on most issues, faces Democrat Bob Casey, Jr., former state auditor and son of a popular former governor. Caseys name and own pro-life stance have put him ahead of Santorum in most polls, but the senator has bounced back and won before.
Missouri is a solid Republican state. Talent will win easily.
I'm donating to Michael Steele.
Claire McCaskill is the current state Auditor. The article made an error.
Van Hilleary - what an unfortunate name.
Bill Nelson sucks. I'd vote for a Communist over that thief (the man stole from American taxpayers a free ride on the space shuttle)--at least you know the Communist is honest about their theft. And Katherine Harris is a great American.
Van Hilleary...sounds like a Dutch witch!
Van is his middle name. His first name is William.
Hilleary is the unfortunate part. It is pronounced just like that other witch's name.
They forgot to mention Jerry Zandstra in Michigan. Don't count him out.
No mention of New Jersey, where Kean has a significant lead over Menendez. If the GOP takes NJ, MD, and MN, as is very possible, the Republicans can lose PA and MT and still gain a seat. Amazing.
Atleast we could mention John Spencer as a formidable conservative willing to take on Hillary Clinton in New York...Come on, we've got to help this man anyway we can, not omit his name simply because people have thrown up their hands in surrender to Hillary before the primary has even started! GO JOHN SPENCER - GO JOHN SPENCER!
I would give good money to see that horse at a full gallop. Harris's er...endowment...would probably knock her out. A one-two punch, as it were.
I'll tell you this, Steele will win Maryland. Thank God Maryland can finally do something for the GOP nationally. I've met him, he's a great guy.
My Money is on Ford in TN - the man is extremely sharp - will easily win over independents IMHO. He will have tons of Dem money to boot.
Stabenow only won in 2000 after precincts in East Lansing stopped checking IDs and Detroit stayed open after hours. That one went down to the wire, and of course she won. It's almost worth moving back to Michigan just to vote her out of office -- it's not like Texas candidates need my help...
The first time I recall hearing him was his speech at the Convention in NY. I sat here and was totally blown over by him - - REALLY hope he wins - -I think he's SUPER!
I hope you're right about Mark Kennedy. I've contributed money towards his Senate race.
Current polls have him trailing presumptive Dem nominee Amy Klobuchar.
Klobuchar has a lot of name ID in the Twin Cities metro area and will rake in a significant share of the female vote.
But the good news is that Kennedy is within range of Kobuchar. he can win this race - but he definitely has a slight uphill challenge in front of him.
With all the libs in Seattle, it may not change, but I think there's a slight chance Maria-Can't-Do-Well could lose (i they don't double-count, and don't count illegals, deceased, etc., etc. votes in King County).
Mike McGavick just kicked of his run last week. He's the former President of Safeco Ins. It may also help that Chris Vance, the state Pubbie chairman stepped down (nice enough guy, but should have done that a couple of years ago)
McGavick calls for "civility" in Senate
By Cara Solomon
Seattle Times reporter
STEVE RINGMAN / THE SEATTLE TIMES
Senate candidate Mike McGavick, with his wife, Gaelynn, listens backstage as he is introduced Saturday at a campaign-kickoff event at Seattle Center.
STEVE RINGMAN / THE SEATTLE TIMES
Mike McGavick, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, talked about the Alito hearings, the federal budget and the war in Iraq during a kickoff event Saturday in Seattle.
Former Safeco CEO Mike McGavick kicked off his campaign Saturday for a U.S. Senate seat, saying he would bring a "Northwestern voice of civility" to what he described as a culture of infighting in the nation's capital.
The event at the Seattle Center drew hundreds of GOP supporters, including speakers state Attorney General Rob McKenna and U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn. They described McGavick as a decisive leader and a great hope for the state's Republican party.
McGavick is considered the leading contender against Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell this November. He declared his candidacy last autumn and has already raised more than $1.5 million in the lead-up to the Republican primary in September.
Saturday's event was McGavick's first stop on a six-day tour of 18 communities around the state. He talked in broad terms about the need for a balanced budget, more secure national borders and a win in the war on terrorism, no matter how long that takes. He emphasized the importance of safety and opportunity for all of America's children.
But mostly, McGavick spoke of the need for civility in the U.S. Senate. He pointed to the recent questioning of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito as evidence of just how embittered the Senate has become. He expressed sympathy for Alito's wife, who left one hearing in tears.
"I think all of us turned in shame and disgust at the sham the Senate has become," he said.
This is a first run for political office by McGavick, a 47-year-old father of three. But as a young man, he worked for former Washington U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash., first as campaign manager and later as chief of staff. Gorton, who was at Saturday's event, lost to Cantwell by a narrow margin in 2000.
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The Ford name is mud anywhere in TN except memphis not only does crook jr lose but he loses badly
Bill Van Hilleary
Bill and Hillary
And I voted against him last primary... will vote against him this primary... will likely end up having to support him over Ford.
Unfortunately, I think you're right, unless some of his family's 'troubles' rub off on him.
Steele wins in MD. Yes it is a dem state, but cardin and mfume are pretty bad candidates.
DeWine may go down in Ohio. It will be close.
You're wrong on two counts, Maryland and Michigan. Both will be in the GOP column on election day!!
He will need his daddy and his auntie Ophelia to get the dead voters in Shelby county out for him to win, after the NRA goes full blitz on his 2nd ammendment ratings in the middle and east part of the state.
No way in Hell will Michigan be in the GOP column on Election Day, Maryland, its possible, but I never doubt the "get out the vote effort" the Democrats might try to pull in Baltimore.
I forgot about Ohio, but i dont see it here on this list.
You're right. My apologies. I meant to say Minnesota and Maryland. While I'm at it, let me add New Jersey.
He also forgot to put New Jersey and Virginia on his list......
Virginia? Really?, Warner doesn't appear to be running, Currently only Harris Miller, a lobbyist plans to run against Allen. I think Virginia is looking pretty safe. As for NJ, I agree, this should be on the list.