Skip to comments.2010 Senate Elections: 8 Democratic Incumbents Approval Below 50%
Posted on 07/02/2009 8:20:16 PM PDT by dangus
Blanche Lincoln, AR 45% Public Policy Polling, March Barbara Boxer, CA 48% Survey USA, June 12-14 Michael Bennet, CO 34% Public Policy Polling, April 24-26 (trails Rep. Beauprez) Christopher Dodd, CO 37% Quinnipiac, April (trails several) Roland Burris, IL 17% Public Policy Polling, April 24-26 (likely to lose primary) Harry Reid, NV 34% Mason-Dixon, June 18-19 Kirsten Gillenbrand, NY 24% Marist (disapproval rating also below 50%) Byron Dorgan, ND (only poll in this red state was commissioned by DailyKOS)
Also in possible danger but above 50% approval: Daniel Inouye, HI leads Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, but he'll be 86, and may not campaign well Arlen Specter, PA (could face bruising primary)
No cherry-picking! All polls were most recent major-media polls, not just the most favorable.
So then you find a candidate, and run them (with help from the establishment where you can find it, but without if they are unwilling or unable to help): I think the tea party movement is building a good opportunity..
That makes sense. No one likes those sudden changes of heart.
Doable, if the GOP picks the right candidate. Junior Senator from Arkansas might just be Huckabee's niche....
Barbara Boxer, CA
Michael Bennet, CO
Definitely a possibility. I am not convinced that Colorado is really as purple as many seem to think it is. Depends on turnout in Colorado Springs and the Eastern slope.
Christopher Dodd, CO
This one looks to be shaping up good for us. Granted, Dodd will be replaced by a RINO, but that's about all you're gonna get from CT. I'd rather a RINO than a Dem. At least we get numbers with a RINO.
Roland Burris, IL
Burris will probably be replaced, but it will be by another hand-picked Friend of Obama.
Harry Reid, NV
Kirsten Gillenbrand, NY
I wouldn't bank on taking Gillibrand down, not in left-wing NY.
Byron Dorgan, ND
Probably not. Thought ND is a red state, Dorgan brings home the bacon, and he's been there forever. Every six years, we think we can unseat him, and every six years, he rolls back to Washington.
Daniel Inouye, HI
Possibility. Lingle is a RINO, but the Connecticut rule applies.
Arlen Specter, PA
If Toomey is the GOP nominee, and if Specter's primary really is as bruising as people think it will be, then this is a good chance for a pickup. Especially once the people of PA find out that he's a Paulician.
Don’t worry, the GOP will figure out how to screw it up. Sigh, all right, all right, I’ll try to be more positive.
I understand your frustration. But we must be realistic if we want to make anything better.
The party is broken. Period. And it will stay broken as long as the RINOs and libs run it. Is the party learning anything now? Well, we have Mitch [no stones] McConnell endorsing Charlie [the ersatz Republican] Crist for the Senate. Hell's bells, these guys are from the same club that got us where we are now. Just what we need, more McCains, McConnells, and their ilk. Jeez, we practically had to storm McConnell's office with pitchforks to get him to come out against amnesty. And even then he didn't do that until the last moment. Michael Steele certainly hasn't fired up the base. We have Megan McCain running around sounding like she is a paid lobbyist for the DNC and no one in the party has the guts to criticize her. Assuming anyone actually disagrees or cares. We have major Republican members of the Senate publicly saying they believe The Wise Latina is a bad jurist but that they will still vote for her.
And you wonder why some of us nearly puke when we say GOP?
I don’t know about forgetting about Boxer.
I think the answer is for the CA GOP to get its act together for the first time in 15+ years.
Last time Boxer was up for reelection was during the overheated 2004 election. Perhaps nothing could have stopped her reelection in a state that saw Bush lose by over a million votes.
But it also did not help that the GOP had nominated Bill Jones — with a primary election endorsement from Governor Schwarzenegger. Bill Jones was completely MIA on the trail, he had no state wide media campaign, and his election web site looked like something hosted on Geocities and had a message about opposing abortion in large font as its central theme in a state that is overwhelmingly pro-abortion.
There were better candidates that could have defeated Boxer, at least in an off year election, Toni Casey and Rosario Martin chief among them. Casey in particular would have been an attractive candidate for CA voters, with her pro-choice stance and pro-business background. She would have been a better fit for Schwarzengger’s endorsement, too. But he chose to play the typical party insider politics.
If the CA GOP nominates someone like Casey this time around, we could have a real shot of defeating Boxer. But that isn’t likely to happen with this state Republican party. Instead, expect yet another candidate who rails about abortion and little else.
That’s just the way the CA GOP rolls. And why they are almost non-existent. The hardcore pro-lifers are all that are left, and they make sure to keep it that way.
This isn’t an attack on pro-life values, mind you, but the unavoidable fact here is that California is not Idaho, and if the California Republican party keeps acting like it is, they are going to continue to be irrelevant in this state.
Meg Whitman is running for Governor. Isn’t one of McCain’s business advisers, Carla Fiornia of Hewitt Packard, running against Boxer? Of course, the Tom McClintock fans will insist that he can crush Boxer.
However, you do not understand politics, or the abortion issue, if you truly believe that the abortion issue EVER hurts the prolife candidate.
Even in California, the majority of the voters:
Oppose taxpayer financed abortions.
Want parents to be involved in the abortion decisions of their minor children.
Oppose late term abortions.
Would support a complete ban on abortion, except in cases of rape, incest or real threat to the live of the mother.
These are facts.
You are trying to push the old, FALSE myth that being prolife hurts a politician, with the voters.
Nothing could be further from the truth!
In fact, less than 20% of the voters even vote “one issue” on the abortion issue.
Of those “one issue” abortion voters, the prolife candidate almost always enjoys about a 4 point advantage over the pro choice candidate.
This is true EVERYWHERE -—
Even in California.
Those on this list are good candidates for calls when the Senate takes up Cap and Trade and Healthcare, particularly from those that vote in those states.
There is a major flaw here. Nobody polled the cemeteries or ACORN. Sad to say, all these Dim scumbags will probably win unless Republicans get EVERY Republican out to vote! We gotta do it!!!!
Your facts are wrong about California, Kansas.
We’ve had parental notification on the ballot several times, and it has LOST every time.
It’s not even parental consent, mind you, just notification.
Your claim about supporting a complete ban on abortion except for rape, incest, or health is laughable. Have you ever even visited out state?
Back in 1968 Governor Reagan signed California’s permissive abortion statutes into law, well ahead of Roe v. Wade. California is an abortion state and has been for 40 years. Those are the real facts.
And California may have a history of being an anti-tax state, but it has always also been a pro-spend state. Which explains why the state government is now issuing IOUs instead of checks. So are Californians really oppose to government financed abortions? Probably not, as long as we don’t get the bill for them.
Great, But the real key is to remove Bitch Pelosi!
The problem is what the “festered one’s” in San Francisco will do to get rid if this infestation!
I like Tom McClintock, but lets face it, the best he can do is win a reliably Republican House district. He barely beat a guy named Charlie Brown. Good grief!
Carly Fiorina could be a really good candidate against Boxer, particularly if she keeps it all about fiscal issues. Her name is even similar to California.
Right now she is “considering” a run against Boxer.
I really hope she does. This could be the first real hope Republicans have had in California since Pete Wilson.
Harry Reid. 34%.
Hope that SOB goes down in flames.
Boxer will be re-elected. The California voter has an IQ smaller than his/her hat size.
I’m not following your math, but it’s late. 51 in the Senate is a majority. 60, that the D’s just achieved, is needed to avoid cloture. But at 51, either party has a majority, chairmanships, etc. How many vulnerable R’s are running in ‘10?
The Dem Senate candidate in Delaware in ‘10 is going to be Beau Biden. I’ve read he trails in early polling, but imagine he’d pull it off in the end.
Minner was Joe Biden’s Chief of Staff who agreed to keep the seat warm for Beau while he was serving in Iraq, and promised not to run in ‘10.
Is Duncan Hunter unelectable statewide?
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