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Friday, December 10, 2004

US Senate 2006: Spreadsheet

Posted by Tim Tagaris

You'll notice a link to an excel spreadsheet that I have taken some time to create.  It lists the Senate seats up in 2006.  It currently includes:

  • Name of incumbent
  • Party ID
  • State
  • 2000 Election %
  • How Bush/Kerry went in that state in 2004
  • Possible challengers
    • Links to candidate websites if they have declared and are on-line
    • Candidates name in bold if they have declared
    • Candidates in italics if the name is speculative

So, my question is: What other information can we use on a spreadsheet like this for quick reference?  Feel free to download it, add columns, information, and send it back to me via email.  I will add to it and keep a master copy.

Tim (ttagaris@yahoo.com)

Download 2006_senate_races.xls

Posted at 10:51 PM in 2006 Elections - Senate | Technorati


A word on Bill Nelson's seat.

The GOP in FL has a whole slate of people seriously interested in the gubernatorial and US Senate races.

I'm intrigued by the possibility of Rep. Dave Weldon (R-FL15) running for the GOP Senate nomination. If he loses the primary, he'll still hang on to his House seat, of course.

But if he emerges as the candidate, I will argue that FL-15 instantly becomes very competitive. The Democrats have fielded a series of relatively weak and massively underfunded challengers against Weldon ever since he swept in with the Gingrich revolution in '94.

With the right candidate and adequate funding, this race could become interesting. The GOP heir apparent to Weldon is definitely State Sen. Mike Haridopolos, who is widely regarded as too ideological and very ineffective in the legislature.

The question is, who would the Dems run? Would it necessarily have to be someone from Brevard County, which comprises around 2/3 of FL-15?

Posted by: Anonymous at December 10, 2004 11:22 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

I'll agree that if Weldon ascends we need to own that seat. I worked to drop a fuckton of mail against Weldon a few years ago. It is a district I'll be watching.

Posted by: Bob Brigham at December 11, 2004 12:00 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

You know, there are some Senate races in some key '08 swing states as well as weak red states. This would be a good opportunity for some of the Presidential hopefulls to get into those states and build a real following. I'm seeing races in FL, MI, MN, OH, PA, WA, WI as well as pink AZ, MO, NV, NM, and WV. Couple that with Governors races in FL and VA, there's some fertile ground for those already officially considering running. To my knowledge, that's currently Kerry, Edwards, and Biden.

Maybe the purpose of this site should be to focus on the races in swing states, especially the ones that aren't getting the national focus, in the hopes of improving the Dems chances in '08 in those states.

Posted by: Dan Hogan at December 11, 2004 08:28 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

The purpose of this site should absolutely be about improving Dem chances of winning swing states in 2006 AND 2008. I worked on the fundraising end of the dnc this election and, after licking my wounds for several weeks, i realized it's going to take more than a few thousand liberals flying out (the weekend of the election) to "help" with the swing state effort before we get our progressive asses out of this mess. It's going to take direct action. Direct involment. And direct money. From your data, we could create an Adopt-a-Swing State program starting NOW, not the summer before an election. List the candidates for all major offices--congress, school board, etc. (Not just presidential candidates--we have to change more than leadership, it's deeper than that and it starts on a local level) So that people in say, san francisco, can choose candidates in key red cities to support directly--not just through the DNC or MoveOn. (www.emilyslist.org is a good example, but it's for women candidates only.) Our presence in these swing states, through direct support of candidates with the best chance to win, can make a huge impact!

Posted by: Nikki Gunn at December 12, 2004 03:10 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment


You make some great points. I hesitate to start fundraising directly because many users of SSP just got done dropping cash into Ginny Schrader's race -- and others.

I personally am inches away from leaving for PA to work on a Senate race; so I will certainly be involved. It's what I do. The other blogger here, Bob, has direct involvement with campaigns as well.

We have a great group here at SSP that does more than just blog and watch results. I am glad that someone like you, who gets involved as well, is among us.

Don't worry -- we are gonna work here. And I agree with you about getting involved in local races as well.


Posted by: Tim T. at December 12, 2004 03:20 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

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