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Ranking the Top 5 Senators Vulnerable in 2014 Primaries
National Journal ^ | 12/27/2013 | By Julie Sobel

Posted on 12/27/2013 10:56:17 AM PST by secretsexposed89

As we close out 2013, here's a look at the senators at risk of losing their primaries. It's worth noting that it's a relatively rare event for senators to fall in a primary—in 2012, only former Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., lost to a primary challenger, and the previous cycle just Sens. Robert Bennet, R-Utah, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, did—though Murkowski came back and won reelection as a write-in candidate. So, keeping in mind that we predicted in our final Hotline Spotlight of the year that no Senate incumbent will lose a primary next year, here are the candidates who should be most wary as we head into 2014.

1. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., appears to be the most in danger of failing to earn renomination. His challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, has lined up a number of outside groups—Senate Conservatives Fund, the Madison Project, Club for Growth—behind him. For the 76-year-old Cochran's part, he seemed geared up for the challenge when he announced he'd run again. But, to this point, Cochran hasn't been raising money aggressively (he ended the third quarter with just over $800,000 in the bank), and he hasn't had a competitive race in 30 years.

2. The only Democrat on our list, Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii faces a primary challenge from Democratic Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who had also hoped to be appointed to the seat at the end of last year when the late Sen. Daniel Inouye died. An October robo-poll showed the race neck and neck, as did a poll this summer—and a poll from EMILY's List (which is backing Hanabusa) over the summer showed the congresswoman up. But Schatz also pulled ahead in fundraising during the third quarter, bringing in $678,000 to Hanabusa's $441,000. Expect a hard-fought race.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: congress; elections; republicans; senators

1 posted on 12/27/2013 10:56:17 AM PST by secretsexposed89
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To: upchuck

Linda’s on the list.


2 posted on 12/27/2013 10:59:41 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: secretsexposed89
...and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, did—though Murkowski came back and won reelection as a write-in candidate.

With the not-so-covert help of John Cornyn and the NRSC, which actually worked AGAINST the actual Republican candidate Joe Miller, who had won the primary fair and square.

3 posted on 12/27/2013 11:01:43 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: secretsexposed89

Too strong for a tagline?

Destroy the DRMMA.............................(Democrat Republican Mutual masturbation Association)


4 posted on 12/27/2013 11:03:23 AM PST by S.O.S121.500 (Destroy the DRMMA.............................(Democrat Republican Mutual Mastrubation Association))
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To: secretsexposed89

Can we add Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker to this list?


5 posted on 12/27/2013 11:06:11 AM PST by EXCH54FE (Hurricane 416,Feisty Old Vet !!)
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To: secretsexposed89
Since Dec 27, 2013

Welcome to FR.

6 posted on 12/27/2013 11:14:48 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: secretsexposed89

throw out EVERYONE who is up for reelection! The whole durned lot is NOT worth the powder to blow them up with.....[OLD experssion]


7 posted on 12/27/2013 11:18:23 AM PST by TMSuchman (John 15;13 & Exodus 21:22-25 Pacem Bello Pastoribus Canes [shepard of peace,dogs of war])
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To: Slings and Arrows

ya think he gonna say sumthin’? or did he just post ‘n run?


8 posted on 12/27/2013 11:20:28 AM PST by campaignPete R-CT (NO CYNICISM SOLICITORS ALLOWED)
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To: campaignPete R-CT

I’m not sure, but it’s mighty quiet in here.


9 posted on 12/27/2013 11:23:34 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: secretsexposed89

The Hawaii primary will be interesting to watch. If we could get a native candidate, and Hanabusa lost, her voters might be so disgusted with Schatz, they’d vote for ours in the general.


10 posted on 12/27/2013 11:36:26 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: secretsexposed89

The Hawaii primary will be interesting to watch. If we could get a native candidate, and Hanabusa lost, her voters might be so disgusted with Schatz, they’d vote for ours in the general.


11 posted on 12/27/2013 11:36:26 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: secretsexposed89; don-o

wheres Lamar Alexander R from TN ???


12 posted on 12/27/2013 11:41:29 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: EXCH54FE

Lamar is running in 2014 Bob corker is not...


13 posted on 12/27/2013 11:42:07 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: secretsexposed89

IBTZ


14 posted on 12/27/2013 11:43:22 AM PST by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: secretsexposed89

There’s a whiff of ozone around your post.


15 posted on 12/27/2013 11:44:43 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: secretsexposed89

#1. Mitch the turtle.


16 posted on 12/27/2013 11:46:10 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Timber Rattler

this is why we need sore loser laws in elections.


17 posted on 12/27/2013 11:47:12 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Tennessee Nana; Mrs. Don-o; SoConPubbie; SharpRightTurn; noprogs; navymom1; SumProVita; ...
wheres Lamar Alexander R from TN ???

The PAC's have made Carr second tier, looks like. What I hear is that he has to demonstrate he can raise $$$ on his own. There may also be a perception that he is lacking experience. While I do not agree with the criteria, that may be their thinking.

Joe's ground game will launch on Jan 25. He claims 1000 volunteers (I am one). Will be interesting how that affects things.

18 posted on 12/27/2013 11:47:58 AM PST by don-o (don-o loves Mrs. Don-o)
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To: Fresh Wind
There’s a whiff of ozone around your post.

There's nothing wrong with the post. I started to post it myself earlier in the day. Not saying that all newbies do not merit close scrutiny...But, post and run is what a LOT of folks do.

19 posted on 12/27/2013 11:51:20 AM PST by don-o (don-o loves Mrs. Don-o)
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To: longtermmemmory
this is why we need sore loser laws in elections.

AND closed primaries.

20 posted on 12/27/2013 11:52:28 AM PST by don-o (don-o loves Mrs. Don-o)
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To: don-o

Jan 25 where and what time ???


21 posted on 12/27/2013 11:53:44 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Slings and Arrows; alarm rider; Alex1977; at bay; Babsig; BILL_C; bnelson44; ColdOne; DesScorp; ...
Thanks for the ping.

Yes, our dear linda is on the list as number 4. He's down at the bottom with McConnell, right where they both belong.

Uber RINO Lindsey Ping
"Republican by day, Democrat by night."


Want on or off this ping list?
Just FReepmail me


22 posted on 12/27/2013 11:57:20 AM PST by upchuck (My Internet addiction is so bad... it's alt of ctrl.)
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To: Tennessee Nana
BeatLamar! Ground game

Links in Post 1 describe the ground game. There's a signup process and then volunteers get a walking list to canvass their neighborhood. There's an app that is used record answers to five questions. It's pretty slick.

There are regional coordinators across the state, organizing volunteers.

23 posted on 12/27/2013 12:03:58 PM PST by don-o (don-o loves Mrs. Don-o)
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To: Tennessee Nana

understand, just like to plan ahead......


24 posted on 12/27/2013 12:29:01 PM PST by EXCH54FE (Hurricane 416,Feisty Old Vet !!)
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To: S.O.S121.500

It beats the UCJC (Uniparty Circle J*** Club).


25 posted on 12/27/2013 12:30:26 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: EXCH54FE

Amen...!


26 posted on 12/27/2013 2:05:54 PM PST by swampfox101 (l)
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To: secretsexposed89

After Bonehead grants amnesty to 30 million new illegal Democrats none of this means anything.


27 posted on 12/27/2013 3:17:52 PM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: secretsexposed89; All

Why did they not mention anther Democrat, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana? She is in a “Primary” that list all candidates of all parties on the same ballot. She is definitely vulnerable. Am I right or wrong?


28 posted on 12/28/2013 11:30:42 AM PST by Din Maker
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To: don-o
Not saying that all newbies do not merit close scrutiny.... _____________________________________________________________ WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DON-O DUDE? Who died and made you the "Scrutinizer in Chief". Old farts like you on here who think you're God Jr. because you've been on this website for a gazillion years because you have no life and nothing else to do make me wanna crap on your door step. STFU!
29 posted on 12/28/2013 11:40:55 AM PST by Din Maker
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To: secretsexposed89
Misleading article.

Begich, Landrieu, Franken, Merkley are all Democrat Senators who only won narrowly last time and could lose next time.

They may not have primary challengers, but is that the real story for 2014?

30 posted on 12/28/2013 11:49:01 AM PST by x
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To: Night Hides Not

Why is this zottable?


31 posted on 12/28/2013 12:49:48 PM PST by gitmo (If your theology doesn't become your biography, what good is it?)
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To: Din Maker

All that anger. Where does it come from?


32 posted on 12/28/2013 1:12:43 PM PST by don-o (don-o loves Mrs. Don-o)
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To: Din Maker
STFU!

Not gonna do it. Are you a genuine newbie or a retread? What was your previous FReeper name?

33 posted on 12/28/2013 1:34:17 PM PST by don-o (don-o loves Mrs. Don-o)
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To: Din Maker; Lazamataz
Old farts like you on here who think you're God Jr.

Laz: Is it my or your week to be God Jr?

The holidays get my schedule mixed up every time.

34 posted on 12/28/2013 2:06:38 PM PST by don-o (don-o loves Mrs. Don-o)
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To: Din Maker
WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DON-O DUDE? Who died and made you the "Scrutinizer in Chief". Old farts like you on here who think you're God Jr. because you've been on this website for a gazillion years because you have no life and nothing else to do make me wanna crap on your door step. STFU!

Here you go.

You're welcome.

35 posted on 12/28/2013 2:39:41 PM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: don-o
Laz: Is it my or your week to be God Jr? The holidays get my schedule mixed up every time.

You are God Sr. this week. I'm God Jr. this week.

36 posted on 12/28/2013 2:40:51 PM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Din Maker

Oh, I remember now.

Your real name is Din Gleberry.

See, I’m an old fart too.


37 posted on 12/28/2013 2:45:19 PM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: exit82

I was trying to find aliases. Thanks.


38 posted on 12/28/2013 3:41:10 PM PST by don-o (don-o loves Mrs. Don-o)
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To: onyx; WKB; wardaddy; LibLieSlayer; Sybeck1; vetvetdoug; Red_Devil 232

MS ping.


39 posted on 12/28/2013 3:42:27 PM PST by Black Agnes
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To: Timber Rattler

So if Murkowski loses the primary again to a conservative, will the GOPe rush to her rescue again?


40 posted on 12/28/2013 3:44:43 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: COBOL2Java

So if Murkowski loses the primary again to a conservative,


Her term isn’t up until 2017 so if she chooses to run again it will be 2016.


41 posted on 12/28/2013 3:55:26 PM PST by deport
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To: don-o

"The force is strong with this one, don-o; however, I sense great anger."


42 posted on 12/28/2013 4:01:46 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: deport

Ah, I thought it was too soon.


43 posted on 12/28/2013 4:03:20 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: exit82

LOL!


44 posted on 12/28/2013 5:56:21 PM PST by don-o (don-o loves Mrs. Don-o)
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To: secretsexposed89

Bennet, Lugar and Murkowski had a more liberal record than McCain on immigration. McCain thought he was a border hawk and part of the 2010 tea party wave.

Analyzing The Votes In Our Defeating the DREAM Act Amnesty in Senate Today

REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED ‘YES’ FOR THE AMNESTY

(Alaska) Murkowski
(Ind.) Lugar
*** (Utah) Bennett

https://www.numbersusa.com/content/nusablog/beckr/december-18-2010/analyzing-votes-our-defeat-dream-act-amnesty-senate-today.html

OU FLIPPED 12 OF THEM (the years they voted for an amnesty are in parentheses):

(Ariz.—03 & 07) Kyl
(Ariz.—06 & 07) McCain
(Iowa—03) Grassley
(Kan.—06 & 07) *** Brownback
(Maine—06 & 07) Collins
(Maine—06 & 07 & 07) Snowe
(Ohio—06) Voinovich
(S.C.—06 & 07) Graham
(Texas—03) Cornyn
(Texas—07) Hutchison


45 posted on 12/29/2013 1:00:03 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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