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  • SHOT UP: Udall Losing In NYT Predictive Model For First Time

    07/21/2014 2:57:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | July 21, 2014
    For the first time this entire election cycle The New York Times Senate forecast at The Upshot predicts Udall has a greater chance of losing reelection than winning (53%-47%). This is a huge deal, as The Upshot tries to go beyond just the polls and factor in other intangibles about a race, such as, incumbency, fundraising, a state’s past election history among others, who the liberals at the NYT want to win. All those factors in The Upshot model lean heavily Udall’s way. Yet, despite this inherent, built-in advantage, Udall can’t overcome one thing: the people of Colorado feel he...
  • Colorado Senate Race Slips Further Away from Udall

    07/19/2014 9:44:30 AM PDT · by tellw · 25 replies
    People's Pundit Daily ^ | 7/19/14 | Rich Baris
    The Colorado Senate race is unrecognizable from the one described in a May, 2013, National Journal article entitled, “Colorado’s Forgotten Senate Race.” PPD’s election projection model has warranted two rating changes since the entrance of Rep. Cory Gardner in February, both of which clearly show this race slipping away from incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Udall. In February, after Ken Buck made the decision to drop out of the race to make way for Gardner, a far more electable rising star in the GOP, we changed our Colorado Senate race rating from “Likely Democrat” to “Leans Democrat.” Now, after adjusting the...
  • Latest Poll Numbers in Senate Races: GOP hopes slipping away (Vanity)

    07/10/2014 7:16:21 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 57 replies
    Here are the latest poll numbers for key Senate races: Real Clear Politics Election 2014 Battle for Senate 46 Dems 8 GOP 46 RCP Averages GOP +6 Pick-Ups Top Senate Races RCP Average Kentucky McConnell (R) +1.5 North Carolina Hagan (D) +3.0 Colorado Udall (D) +1.0 Arkansas Cotton (R) +2.8 Iowa Braley (D) +0.8 Louisiana Cassidy (R) +1.0 Michigan Peters (D) +5.6 New Hampshire Shaheen (D) +10.4 West Virginia Capito (R) +10.0 Oregon Merkley (D) +10.0
  • The Senate races to watch in Republican bid to seize control

    07/05/2014 7:17:18 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 49 replies
    The LA Times ^ | July 4, 2014 | Mark Z. Barabak
    Republicans are very likely to pick up open Senate seats in Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia. That leaves a six races to decide control of the Senate. Alaska: Democrat Mark Begich is one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the country, winning in 2008 with just 48% of the vote. Dan Sullivan, a former head of the state's Department of Natural Resources and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, both are strongly positioned to defeat Begich. Arkansas: Democrat Mark Pryor won in 2008 with 80% support. The climate is much different this time, due to the overwhelming unpopularity of President Obama....
  • A bad night for Democrats

    06/25/2014 7:19:34 AM PDT · by topher · 105 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 25-June-2014 | Chris Stirewalt
    A BAD NIGHT FOR DEMOCRATS If you can divine a national trend from a runoff election in Mississippi, be our guest. But rather than pondering the motives of 3,188 Mississippi voters who made the difference in a bitter, hyper-local election, there’s a more useful consideration today. What’s at stake nationally this year is control of the U.S. Senate, and Republican chances of taking the majority went up significantly Tuesday night. [During New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel’s victory speech, the stage nearly collapsed. Rangel asked “heavier people on the stage… to take safety over ego” and step down.]
  • GOOD NEWS: Latest Polls on Senate Races (Primaries and General)

    06/12/2014 7:51:14 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 67 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | June 12, 2014 | Staff: Real Clear Politics
    Go to the link to see the latest Polling on Senate Races. Basically it's mostly good news for Conservatives. In KY, Grimes is leading McConnell 49 -46. In GA, Kingston is up 11 on Perdue. They both are handily defeating Nunn. Ernst is up on Braley in Iowa by 1 in one poll and up by 6 in another. And, of course Chris McDaniel is up on Cochran. Check it out. It's pretty good news for our team.
  • McDaniel up in new Mississippi Senate poll

    06/12/2014 4:18:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 12, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-Miss.) primary challenger, Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel, is leading the incumbent by 8 points in a new internal poll of the competitive runoff. The survey, conducted by WPA Research for McDaniel’s campaign, shows him with 49 percent support to Cochran’s 41 percent support among likely GOP primary voters. McDaniel’s also got a more solid base of support, with 43 percent of his supporters saying they’ll “definitely” vote for him in the runoff, while 38 percent say the same of Cochran. Ten percent of respondents said they were undecided. The results align with two other surveys of...
  • Magellan Strategies poll shows Tom Cotton slightly ahead in Arkansas

    06/12/2014 1:53:50 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 18 replies
    Magellan Strategies ^ | June 12, 2014
    T4. If the election for the United States Senate were being held today, would you vote for Mark Pryor, the Democrat candidate or Tom Cotton, the Republican candidate? Tom Cotton ............................................................. 49% Mark Pryor .............................................................. 45% Some Other Candidate .............................................. 2% Undecided ................................................................ 4%
  • Tea Party Forces A Runoff in Mississippi: McDaniel and Cochran fail to win a majority

    06/04/2014 6:39:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/04/2014 | Eliana Johnson
    It’s the scenario that Republicans on both sides of Mississippi’s hard-fought primary battle had hoped to avoid: Neither candidate in Tuesday’s primary captured 50 percent of the vote, sending the race into a June 24 runoff election. It was a virtually unknown candidate, real-estate broker Thomas Carey of Hernando, Miss., who determined the outcome: With 99.5 percent of precincts reporting, he had captured 1.6 percent of the vote, keeping both incumbent senator Thad Cochran, with 48.8 percent, and his insurgent challenger, state senator Chris McDaniel, with 49.6 percent, under the 50 percent margin required to seize victory. Into the wee...
  • RUNOFF? MCDANIEL, COCHRAN BOTH UNDER 50 PERCENT AS FINAL VOTES COUNTED [McDaniel leads]

    06/03/2014 11:35:56 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 153 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 3, 2014 | by MATTHEW BOYLE
    HATTIESBURG, Mississippi —With final votes still being counted, Tea Party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel is poised to force a runoff against 42-year incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in the GOP primary here, likely prompting a three-week dash to the finish of an epic race between conservatives and the GOP Establishment. "Whether it's tomorrow or whether it's three weeks from now we will be victorious,” McDaniel said during a speech to supporters here around 11:30 p.m. CT. Cochran did not plan to address his campaign rally, according to NBC reporter Kasie Hunt. With 97.9 percent of precincts reporting, McDaniel was up...
  • 2014 LIVE Mississippi Senate Primaries Results

    06/03/2014 4:38:40 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 974 replies
    Politico ^ | June 3, 2014 | Staff
    Live elections results. Polls close in 20 minutes!
  • What the Hell? (Not looking good for Thad Cochran.)

    06/01/2014 2:36:53 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 50 replies
    TPM (Talking Points Memo) ^ | June 1, 2014 | John Marshall
    There are two new polls of the Mississippi Senate primary - one released by a Republican pollster showing Thad Cochran with a slim 5 point lead (45%-40%), and one from a Democratic pollster leaked to TPM's Daniel Strauss showing McDaniel ahead 46% to 44%. Given margins of error and the inherent difficulties of polling a party primary in an off-year election, to me, these two soundings tell pretty much the same story. And it's an amazingly bad one for Thad Cochran on a couple levels. On the first level, you don't want to be under 50% when you're getting primaried...
  • Karen Handel to endorse Jack Kingston in Georgia Senate race

    05/28/2014 3:14:05 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel said late Tuesday she will endorse Rep. Jack Kingston’s Senate bid. Handel’s endorsement will come at a Kingston event at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. The Savannah Republican hopes that the tea party forces that helped Handel finish third in last week’s runoff could shift their allegiances to his camp. Kingston faces businessman David Perdue, the top vote-getter in the GOP primary, in a July 22 runoff that will be the longest - and likely costliest – in state history. Handel’s endorsement should come as little surprise to close watchers of this rollicking race....
  • SEVEN VULNERABLE SENATE DEMOCRATS CALL FOR VA SECRETARY ERIC SHINSEKI'S RESIGNATION

    05/29/2014 10:23:53 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 29, 2014 | by CHARLIE SPIERING
    Seven vulnerable Democrats are now calling for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation after a preliminary Inspector General’s report confirmed allegations of a scandal in the agency.
  • How Republican Candidates Have Made Life Easier for Democratic Senators

    05/28/2014 9:18:01 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 6 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 27, 2014 | Eleanor Clift
    Providing fodder for endless attack ads, challengers to Democratic incumbents in three tough Senate races voted for a budget even more draconian than Paul Ryan’s. This November’s election will never approach presidential-year numbers, but if Democrats can add a percentage or two—and in some deep red states, more than that—victory could be within reach. To boost turnout, Democrats have to make voters believe the stakes are high, and one of the best ways to do that, as history has shown, is persuading people that if Republicans are elected, they will scale back programs such as Social Security and Medicare. “It’s...
  • After Primary Win, McConnell Faces Hollywood, Harry Reid

    05/24/2014 3:24:36 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 25 replies
    News Max ^ | May 21, 2014 | John Gizzi
    No sooner had tea party-backed Matt Bevin conceded defeat in the Kentucky primary on Tuesday than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell began to focus his fire on Democratic opponent Alison Lundergan Grimes — who will have strong backing from Hollywood liberals, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Bill Clinton. A SurveyUSA poll showed Grimes, Kentucky's secretary of state, leading McConnell by a margin of 43 percent to 42 percent among likely voters statewide. Last August, entertainment industry power broker and DreamWorks executive Jeffrey Katzenberg sent an email urging associates to support Grimes at a private fundraising event in Los Angeles....
  • SenateRaces, RINO Hunting live return thread

  • SASSE SURGED TO VICTORY AFTER ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT COALESCED AROUND HIM

    05/15/2014 11:48:14 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 15, 2014 | By Tony Lee
    Nebraska GOP Senate nominee Ben Sasse may not see himself as an establishment slayer, but Nebraska's primary voters may have given him a dominating 27-point victory on Tuesday to send a message to the Washington Republican establishment. At the beginning of the year, Shane Osborn's internal polling still showed him with 39 percent of the vote, while Sasse and Sid Dinsdale had 7 percent each. Sasse's internal polling had him trailing by as much as 37 points last year. By February, however, the race was a dead heat, according to a poll by Harper Polling. Sasse closed the gap and...
  • Lindsey Graham’s big scare: How an ex-con reality star could ruin his life

    05/14/2014 9:30:40 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 44 replies
    salon.com ^ | 5/14/14 | Heather Digby Parton
    These are tough times for the Republican maverick.Where once this was a celebrated archetype among the conservative tribe (as long as it included a devotion to low taxes and global military dominance) today there is just no room for deviation from the party line in even the smallest of ways. Take, for example, the plight of Sen. Lindsey Graham — who just suffered an epic humiliation at the hands of his own party in Charleston County, South Carolina, for being a RINO turncoat: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was censured Monday night by Republicans in Charleston County who don’t believe he’s...
  • Ben Sasse 44% leading early in Nebraska Senate Race, Sid Dinsdale 2nd 26% [update Sasse wins!]

    05/13/2014 7:09:14 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 38 replies
    Nebraska Secretary of State ^ | May 13, 2014 | Steelers 6
    Ben Sasse 27,204 Sid Dinsdale 16.218 Shane Osborn 14,424
  • Flashback: Mitch McConnell tells NYT he wants to crush young conservative challengers

    05/07/2014 5:17:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    commdiginews.com ^ | 3/13/14 | James Richard Edwards
    March 12, 2014 – In a recent interview with The New York Times McConnell said “I think we are going to crush them everywhere… I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country… I know this: Politics doesn’t like losers, if you don’t have anything to point to, it is kind of hard to keep it going.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has finally let America know who his true opponents are, and they aren’t the Democrats. When asked about conservative candidates like Matt Bevin, who is challenging him for his Senate seat in...
  • Joni Ernst Surges (Senate Conservatives Fund email)

    05/07/2014 5:52:26 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    Fellow Conservatives: Conservative Joni Ernst (R-IA) is gaining momentum in the Republican primary election for U.S. Senate in Iowa. A new poll released yesterday shows her in the lead by 10 points and just 2 points short of the 35% needed to win the nomination outright. Joni Ernst also released a new TV ad this week where she rides her Harley Davidson to the gun range for some target practice. Joni Ernst (R-IA) TV AdErnst “carries more than just lipstick in her purse," a narrator on the ad says, adding that “once she sets her sights on Obamacare, Joni's gonna...
  • Tea party vs. establishment as primary season opens - The Washington Post

    05/05/2014 3:52:41 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 11 replies
    WASHINGTONPOST.COM ^ | Monday, May 5, 12:19 PM | Dan Balz
    Between now and the end of June, more than two dozen states will hold primary elections. A major subplot of this year’s midterm elections is the competition between the Republican establishment and the tea party wing of the party. The establishment is fighting back, but has the tea party already won? The general election is still six months off. But Tuesday opens the summer preseason of intraparty contests, which starts with an important primary in North Carolina. Between now and the end of June, more than two dozen states will hold primary elections. After a July break, the preseason will...
  • Lib Reporter Is Caught By GOP Candidate Writing Down Blah, Blah, Blah… During Forum (Video)

    05/02/2014 6:43:52 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 38 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 5-2-2014 | Jim Hoft
    Republican senate candidate Mark Callahan, an IT-consultant-turned-political-candidate called out liberal reporter Nigel Jaquiss from the Willamette Week scribbling down “blah, blah, blah” while fellow Republican Jo Rae Perkins was giving an answer during a candidate forum. The reporters proceeded to kick Callahan out of the room. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8OSi8M5YD0Mediaite reported: Staffers of the alt-weekly newspaper Willamette Week recently met with Oregon Republican U.S. Senate candidates seeking an endorsement and things got quite dramatic after one reporter was caught scribbling “blah blah blah” on his notepad while a candidate spoke. Jim Romenesko flagged down the dramatic clip, which shows candidate Mark Callahan chastising...
  • McConnell Primary Challenger: He's A 'Coward' For Attacking My Family

    04/24/2014 8:49:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    talkingpointsmemo.com ^ | 4/24/14 | Daniel Straus
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) primary challenger, Matt Bevin, called the top Senate Republican a "coward" exhibiting the same kind of childishness as an eighth grader in response to McConnell's campaign jabbing at Bevin's family over a new campaign ad. After Bevin's campaign aired a new ad featuring his large family, the twitter handle @BailoutBevinKy, run by the McConnell campaign, tweeted out I was waiting for 'My dad went to MIT!'" a dig at Bevin suggesting that he was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "I think it's the same kind of childishness that we've seen a...
  • New York Times gives Republicans advantage in Louisiana Senate race

    04/22/2014 8:37:48 AM PDT · by topher · 16 replies
    NOLA.com [Times-Picayune newspaper] ^ | April 22, 2014 at 10:21 AM | Bruce Alpert, of NOLA.com | Times-Picayune
    WASHINGTON -- The New York Times latest statistical evaluation of U.S. Senate contests gives Republicans a 64 percent chance of winning the Louisiana seat now held by three-term Democrat Mary Landrieu. But it gives Democrats a 51 percent chance of retaining control of the Senate, a change from recent projections of a 54 percent Republican edge to capture the majority.
  • GOP candidates share their hopes of defeating Graham (snippets from their debate)

    04/18/2014 5:09:42 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    Five South Carolinians seeking the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate clearly have one thing in common: They don't approve of the Republican incumbent, Lindsey Graham. Those candidates – Det Bowers, Richard Cash, Bill Conner, Benjamin Dunn and Nancy Mace – spent more than two hours in a debate sponsored by the Aiken Republican Club on Wednesday. The media maintains that Graham will win in a landslide, but he actually is fighting for his political life, said Mace, a small-business owner. “We know the truth,” she said. “He can't even muster the support of 50 percent of the people in...
  • Rand Paul Hates Mitch McConnell So Much That He Is Refusing to Publicly Support Him

    04/18/2014 5:47:10 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 32 replies
    politicsusa.com ^ | 4/17/14 | Jason Easley
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) hates Sen. Mitch McConnnell so much that when a constituent asked him why he supports McConnell’s reelection campaign, Paul refused to answer and told the questioner to talk to him privately. According to the Glasgow Daily Times: After addressing about 30 people who turned out to hear him, the senator opened the floor for questions. One constituent asked him why he came out in support of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Louisville. Paul declined to answer the question publicly, saying he would speak with her in private and explain his reason for supporting the senior senator. The answer...
  • Iowa Senate Candidate's Ad: Holding his Glock...

    04/13/2014 5:58:35 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 9 replies
    A short, gotta-see Ad. http://launch.newsinc.com/embed.html?type=VideoPlayer/16x9&videoId=25802236&trackingGroup=12672&widgetId=17779&playlistId=993&siteSection=realclear_nws_non_fro&embedOriginUrl=http%253A%252F%252Fwww.realclearpolitics.com%252Fndn_widget.html
  • Koch-style Political Ads; Are these type effective? (Vanity)

    04/13/2014 1:21:03 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 30 replies
    I appreciate the Koch Brothers financing political ads against the Dems who voted for ObamaCare. However, I'm taking an informal poll here. Tell me FReepers; if you think ads that end like this are effective: "Call her today, and tell her to stop spending taxpayers' money on ObamaCare." Is this effective or should the ad encourage voters to just get rid of her? They are running similar ads against Braley in Iowa and Udall in Colorado that say e.g. : "Tell Bruce Braley to stand with Iowa and stop supporting ObamaCare." Is that cool, or should it say: "Iowans, don't...
  • McConnell and his challenger Bevin attack each other on immigration reform

    04/07/2014 3:18:25 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 42 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Neil Munro
    Matt Bevin, Sen. Mitch McConnell’s primary challenger, told a group of Kentucky voters that American workers are less productive than immigrants. “For those who think that all these fifteen to twenty million [illegal immigrant] people are here just to take advantage of us and ride the system, you’re wrong,” he said at a diner in Jessamine, Kentucky, in March. “Most of them are not… but I’ll tell you what, there are more people like that even proportionally that were born here in this country,” he added.
  • Kentucky: Your Primary is Our Business. Time to Send McConnell Packing! Levin Endorses Bevin.

    04/06/2014 5:53:40 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    The Great One, Mark Levin, endorses Matt Bevin, primary candidate running against Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, for Kentucky U.S. Senate. Enough of the status quo and politicians who claim to be Tea Party leaders who continue selling us out. I’ve published clips and rants about Rand Paul ad nauseaum. I am not here to disparage him, but to show the implications of what his half-hearted, “soft” and veiled support of the Tea Party will mean for us nationally. If it was good for Rubio, it’s good for him. Why should he be exempt from criticism? He’s just as devious,...
  • Glenn Beck: McConnell just as bad as Obama

    04/06/2014 6:09:43 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 4/5/14 | Tim Devaney
    Conservative television personality Glenn Beck on Saturday offered Tea Party supporters an unsavory comparison between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and President Obama. "Mitch McConnell is as big of a danger to our country as Barack Obama is," Beck said during FreePAC Kentucky, a conservative event that promoted two Tea Party challengers over their Republican incumbents in the Senate. McConnell, a five-term Senator, is facing a challenge in the November elections from Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin, who was also speaking at the event. Speaking to McConnell supporters, Beck offered a grave prediction: "You're guy's going out of business very...
  • Bevin, conservatives rally in McConnell's backyard

    04/06/2014 6:06:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 2 replies
    kentucky.com ^ | 4/5/14 | Bill Barrow
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Conservative activists from across the country came to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's hometown on Saturday to insist that their fight against established Republicans in the 2014 midterm elections isn't over. The downtown Louisville rally served as a lift for McConnell challenger Matt Bevin, a Louisville businessman who wants to capitalize on the same tea party energy that helped Rand Paul defeat McConnell's choice for the state's other Senate seat two years ago. The event also was intended as a morale booster as the so-called liberty movement tries to put its imprint on an election cycle where...
  • THAD COCHRAN ATTACKS TEA PARTY RIVAL CHRIS MCDANIEL FOR ATTENDING TEA PARTY EVENT

    04/04/2014 3:43:38 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 4, 2014 | by MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    Friday morning, Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) campaign sent out a press release criticizing his GOP primary challenger, state senator Chris McDaniel, for planning to attend a major Tea Party rally this weekend. "This Saturday, Kentucky will focus on the Final Four in Texas, Thad Cochran's campaign will focus on Mississippi...and Chris McDaniel will focus on...Kentucky?" the release began. "I love how Orwellian they get," FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe told Breitbart News as part of an exclusive interview. Kibbe's group is hosting the event, titled "Free PAC Kentucky," which will feature remarks by Glenn Beck and is taking place Senate Majority...
  • New Bevin ad clads McConnell in Duke gear (LOL!)

    03/27/2014 3:17:44 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3-27-2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    March 27, 2014 New Bevin ad clads McConnell in Duke gear By Alexandra Jaffe Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) primary challenger, businessman Matt Bevin, is working to make sure McConnell is forever linked with the wrong team in the state’s bitter basketball rivalry with Duke University. Bevin is debuting a new ad during Friday’s Kentucky versus Louisville basketball game that features a cutout of the Senate minority leader bedecked in a blue Duke jersey. It’s a reference to a McConnell campaign video launched earlier this week that mistakenly featured a shot of Duke’s 2010 championship team celebrating their win — a...
  • Kentucky's Sen. Mitch McConnell: Go Duke Basketball!

    03/26/2014 5:49:28 AM PDT · by SterlingSilver · 12 replies
    The News & Record - Greensboro Ky - Associated Press ^ | March 25, 2014 3:32 pm | Associated Press
    FRANKFORT, Ky. — Sen. Mitch McConnell's latest campaign video hit all the necessary Kentucky high points: horse racing, bluegrass — and Duke basketball? The campaign was scrambling this morning to remove an online video that features a split-second clip of Duke basketball players celebrating their 2010 national championship. The mistake comes as the basketball-crazy state of Kentucky prepares for the biggest game of the year. Kentucky and Louisville face off in the Sweet Sixteen on Friday night.
  • Bevin hits McConnell for debt limit increase

    03/31/2014 9:33:13 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 3/31/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) primary challenger Matt Bevin blasts McConnell for supporting a debt limit increase and launching “false attack ads” in a new ad. ADVERTISEMENT It’s the candidate’s first significant statewide broadcast buy, and will also air statewide on cable, according to his campaign. The ad features Bevin speaking direct-to-camera, declaring “after caving yet again to President Obama on the debt ceiling, all that Mitch McConnell can do is run false attack ads.” A narrator goes on to declare that “thirty years is enough,” and calls McConnell “too liberal” and “too long.” McConnell has attacked Bevin in radio ads,...
  • Why is Mitch McConnell smiling?

    03/31/2014 2:24:23 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3-30-2014 | Jazz Shaw - Commentary
    March 30, 2014 Why is Mitch McConnell smiling? Jazz Shaw Jennifer Rubin awards the Distinguished Pol of the Week trophy to… Mitch McConnell. No one has been more vilified by the D.C.-based far-right machine than Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). If you didn’t know better, you’d think outfits like Heritage Action, FreedomWorks, Madison Project, Senate Conservatives Fund and these groups’ top cheerleader in the blogosphere, Red State, were working for the “Keep Harry Reid Majority Leader” fund. McConnell has been attacked for opposition to the shutdown, for agreement on a budget deal and for supporting items like the farm bill. Yet...
  • Will South Carolina Retire “Liberal Lindsey” Graham?

    03/28/2014 5:16:07 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 23 replies
    thenewamerican.com ^ | 3/27/14 | Thomas Eddlem
    South Carolina's Lindsey Graham has become the neoconservative Republican targeted by Tea Party and liberty movement organizations nationally, and the South Carolina U.S. Senate primary on June 10 may be the most important race of the 2014 campaign. Labeled a “RINO” by his detractors, Graham gave his five primary opponents some unintentional assistance March 13 by telling Obama's Secretary of State John Kerry that he would help stop the Republican agenda in the U.S. House of Representatives under Speaker John Boehner. “Hey John, good job,” Graham said over a live microphone he almost certainly thought was turned off. “Let me...
  • Challenger hopes to score off McConnell's campaign foul

    03/28/2014 5:19:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    Mitch McConnell's conservative primary challenger is hoping to score some points off of a highly publicized mistake by the Senate Minority Leader's re-election team. Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, hoping to boost his underdog challenge against McConnell in Kentucky's May Republican primary, is going up with a TV commercial Friday that pokes fun at web video released earlier this week by the senator's campaign that included a clip of a team wearing blue uniforms celebrating a national championship in men's basketball. The major problem was that the team wasn't the Kentucky Wildcats, but instead the Duke University Blue Devils. There's little...
  • West Virginia Rep. Capito May Tip Senate to GOP

    03/23/2014 2:41:14 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 23 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 23, 2014 | Salena Zito
    Shelley Moore Capito largely has avoided national attention. Now her U.S. Senate race has raised her profile as one of the Republican Party's best hopes to tip the chamber's balance of power. The party could win a narrow majority this fall if it holds onto its 45 Senate seats and takes six of the 55 held by Democrats, including that of West Virginia's Jay Rockefeller, who is retiring. She is one of the few moderate candidates out there and has the right profile in this state to become the first Republican senator since the 1950s. If she beats her Democratic...
  • Nate Silver of 538: GOP Has 60% Chance Of Taking Senate in 2014

    03/23/2014 2:28:33 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 51 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 23, 2014 | Nate Silver
    ESPN's FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver examines the state of the 2014 Senate races. Silver predicts the Republican party has a 60% chance to take the Senate in 2014. Silver also says there is a 30% chance that the GOP can "win big." Silver says the Republican party has a 45% shot to take a Senate seat in Michigan, a 35% chance in Colorado and 30% for a seat in Iowa.
  • “Drunks,” “Bullies,” “Traitors,” “Fringe,” and Other Things Mitch McConnell Has Called Conservatives

    03/11/2014 5:39:25 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 54 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 3/11/14 | Erick Erickson
    Mitch McConnell is doing his best to walk back his comments about conservatives. He told the New York Times he intended to “crush them everywhere.” Now he says he was only talking about the Jim DeMint founded Senate Conservatives Fund and its candidates — candidates like Ben Sasse supported by Paul Ryan, Mike Lee, Club for Growth, RedState, National Review, and others. Actually, Mitch McConnell has been pretty open in the past about his contempt for conservatives. He has referred to conservatives and the outside groups they fund, as traitors, bullies, drunks, and fringe. He claims conservatives “tear up every...
  • Kay Hagan sinks lower in North Carolina polls

    03/08/2014 9:57:45 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 33 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 4, 2014 | Rebececa Berg
    Approval ratings continue to drop for Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, who is seeking re-election in the key battleground state of North Carolina, according to a new poll. The result of the latest Elon University Poll shows that approval of Hagan, now at roughly 33 percent, has declined in four consecutive polls. "The trend suggests the senator will face a tougher-than-expected re-election battle this November," said Dr. Jason Husser, assistant director of the Elon University Poll. Further troubling for Hagan is the roughly equivalent disapproval of her job performance by women and men. Thirty-three percent of women and 34 percent of...
  • The Senate 7: The Races That Will Determine 2014 Control

    03/01/2014 6:21:39 PM PST · by FreeAtlanta · 17 replies
    USNEWS.COM ^ | Feb. 28, 2014 | Lauren Fox, David Catanese
    The familiar Washington narrative on the scrum for the U.S. Senate has been rinsed, recycled and delivered once again: Republicans are primed to pick up the six seats necessary to capture control of the upper chamber. The midterm atmosphere sure looks ripe, the polling appears favorable but, as it did in 2010 and 2012, the most competitive batch of races will likely come down to candidate quality. It’s the key component that stifled GOP chances before, and could very well again. .... .... A closer look at the most competitive contests demonstrates why a Senate majority in 2014 is again...
  • Big Lie Finally Laid to Rest (Senate Conservatives Fund email)

    02/26/2014 6:03:00 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 63 replies
    Fellow Conservatives: One of the biggest lies in Republican politics has finally been laid to rest. The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has long maintained that its only goal is to win a Republican majority in the Senate. But earlier this week, the NRSC disproved this claim when it refused to support conservative candidates against Democrats in the Fall. Here's the background on this important story. The NRSC has historically supported all Republican nominees regardless of their ideology as part of the committee's goal of electing Republicans. NRSCThere have been races in the past where the NRSC played favorites with...
  • Labor to the Rescue in Southern Senate Races? Not Exactly

    02/25/2014 11:48:11 AM PST · by Din Maker · 4 replies
    National Journal | February 24, 2014 | Michael Catalini
    Memo to some vulnerable Senate Democrats: Don't wait for labor to swoop in and save you with a chest full of money and a brigade of foot soldiers to get out the vote. In a handful of the most contested Senate contests this cycle—including Arkansas, Louisiana, and North Carolina—the AFL-CIO has conducted a cost-benefit analysis and the results are in: There just aren't enough union members in those states to make it worth the investment of scarce resources. "I would love to say that North Carolina is a major target for our movement nationally, and everyone is gonna be playing...
  • Bad News for Cornyn: Texas ranks 48th in voter turnout (Vanity)

    02/16/2014 5:52:53 AM PST · by Din Maker · 23 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 16, 2014 | Din Maker
    I read the following from The Washington Examiner in an article about Wendy "the witch" Davis who is running for Governor on the Democrat ticket this year. This is great news for our team: "Texas is one of the worst performers when it comes to voter turnout. In 2010, just 36.4 percent of registered voters actually voted, making it the worst state for turnout. In 2012, Texas ranked 48th in voter turnout, according to a report from the University of Texas at Austin. In fact, Texas has had lower voter turnout rates than the national average since 1972." So, just...
  • Out With Graham, In With Bright (Re-Electing Graham Is Unacceptable)

    02/14/2014 9:16:14 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 2/13/14 | goldwaterconservative
    There is a lot of attention being focused on primary challenges to sitting Republican Senators this election cycle. Before the races started heating up, many conservatives across the country were most looking forward to unseating South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. And yet, almost no national attention has been given to the race. This should change, as all polling shows Graham vulnerable to falling beneath the 50% runoff threshold. While Lindsey Graham isn’t part of the McConnell-Cornyn leadership (from behind) team, he does more than his part to neuter conservative, small-government efforts. Consider the following: 1-Graham, with the possible exception of...