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SSP Daily Digest: 5/19

by: Crisitunity

Wed May 19, 2010 at 4:36 PM EDT

CA-Sen: Good news for Tom Campbell, in the form of the Senate half of M4's poll of the California GOP primary: he leads Carly Fiorina and Chuck DeVore, 33-28-15. (Of course, with his plans to briefly go dark to conserve funds, that gives Fiorina a chance to play catchup when the margin's not that big.) Bad news for Campbell, though: the NRA has him in its metaphorical crosshairs, sending out a mailer to members attacking Campbell and, while not endorsing, offering kind words for Fiorina and DeVore.

CT-Sen: This is going to make it a lot easier for Richard Blumenthal to make the case that the "in Vietnam" controversy is something of a cheap shot. A longer-form video release of the appearance (provided, ironically, by the Linda McMahon campaign, undercutting their own hatchet job) where the offending phrase occurred have him correctly referring to having "served in the military, during the Vietnam era" in the very same speech. That's not stopping Vietnam vet Rob Simmons, who, sensing an opening, has rolled out web advertising with "Blumenthal Lied About Vietnam" in very large letters.

Blumenthal is getting more explicit backing from Democratic bigwigs now, as his mea culpa/attempt to get back on the offense seems to have had the desired effect. Rep. Chris Murphy, the likeliest guy to pick up the pieces if Blumenthal had to bail out, offered his unqualified support; so too did Howard Dean. And here's one thing that's actually good about Rasmussen's one-day, no-callback samples: they can strike fast. They polled Connecticut, and while the trendlines aren't appealing, they find Blumenthal still beating McMahon even in the heat of the moment before the story has had time to digest, and beating the other, unmoneyed GOP opponents by pretty wide margins. Markos has some really nice pushback against Rasmussen in general, today, asking why they always poll quickly when there's the potential for a good Republican narrative but not when the narrative doesn't fit (as seen in their failure to poll the Sorta Super-Tuesday primaries).

FL-Sen: Charlie Crist has been trying to woo union support, starting with a speech at the state AFL-CIO convention this weekend. It's another indication that he's trying to move squarely onto Kendrick Meek's turf and monopolize as much of the left-of-center vote as he can, now that he's free from his GOP shackles. Meanwhile, quixotic Democratic candidate Jeff Greene has apparently been seen wooing Ukrainian strippers, in 2005 on his 145-foot yacht while cruising the Black Sea. Not so, claims his campaign spokesperson; he was busy traveling with his rabbi at the time instead.

KY-Sen: In case you needed one more data point on how thin-skinned Rand Paul and how likely a meltdown from him is at some point before November, here's an anecdote from last night: he refused to take the customary concession call from Trey Grayson, at least according to the Grayson camp.

NC-Sen: Here's a big score for Elaine Marshall: Third-place finisher Kenneth Lewis gave his backing to Marshall in her runoff against Cal Cunningham. This move isn't so surprising, given that Lewis's supporters, like Rep. Eva Clayton, were already gravitating toward Marshall, but it ought to steer much of Lewis's African-American and youth base in her direction as well.

NV-Sen: Three items, all of which are very, very bad for Sue Lowden. First, the Club for Growth finally weighed into the Senate primary, and they backed right-winger Sharron Angle (maybe not that surprising, since they backed her in the 2006 primary for NV-02). That ought to give Angle a further shot of adrenaline, though, on top of her Tea Party Express endorsement and polling momentum. Lowden is also still bogged down in controversy over her luxury bus, doubling-down on her claims that use of the $100K vehicle was leased despite also having stated elsewhere that the bus was "donated" (which means it would have needed to be reported as an in-kind contribution). That's nothing, though, compared to the (by my count) quintupling-down on Chickens-for-Checkups, simultaneously trying to fight top Nevada journo Jon Ralston on the fact that, yes, people are bartering for health care while trying to claim that she never actually said anything about Chickencare at all.

NY-Sen-B: The only GOP big name left who hadn't said anything definitive about participating in the GOP Senate primary for the right to get creamed by Kirsten Gillibrand finally said a public "no." Orange County Executive Ed Diana said he'll stick with his current job, to which he was elected in November to a third term.

UT-Sen: Looks like that teabaggers' victory in Utah might be short-lived. Bob Bennett seems to be more interested than before in running as a write-in in the general (where, despite the complex dynamics of a write-in campaign, he faces better odds with the broader electorate than with the narrow slice of extremists running the GOP convention). We may know tomorrow what his plans are, as he emphasized "Stay tuned tomorrow."

WA-Sen: If Dino Rossi really is still interested in running for Senate, this isn't a particularly good way of showing it. Rossi is scheduled to make a blockbuster appearance on May 25... to give opening remarks at a dinnertime seminar for local real estate investors focusing on strategies for profiting off foreclosures. Because nothing says "I'm a man of the people" than knowing all the ins and outs of how to profit off the people's misery.

AL-Gov: Artur Davis is out with an internal poll, that seems mostly oriented toward countering the sense that he's losing ground among his African-American base. The poll shows Davis leading Democratic primary rival Ron Sparks 46-33. It also shows Davis leading 50-25 among African-Americans (despite the defections of some prominent local black groups), while trailing Sparks 42-41 among whites.

FL-Gov: Bill McCollum is going to have to start taking moneybags Rick Scott seriously, and he's striking hard, sending out a press release calling him an "embarrassment" and a "fraud," presumably in reference to allegations leveled against Scott's health care firm. Scott's ginormous introductory ad buy is now estimating at $6.3 million.

KS-Gov: Sam Brownback is drawing some heat for taking things out of context. Now, politicians take things out of context all the time, but his sleight-of-hand in attempting to fight efforts to more tightly regulate the business of car loans to military members may be a fridge too far.

"CNN Money on May 13 reported that 'Raj Date ... agreed that the additional (Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection) regulation might cause some dealers to stop arranging loans," Brownback said in the letter.
But Brownback's letter did not include the rest of Date's comment, which was this, "There will be some dealers who say, 'If I have to play by an honest set [of] rules, then I can't be in this business anymore.' I'm not going to shed any tears for these dealers."

MA-Gov: You may recall last week's Rasmussen MA-Gov poll where, in an effort to find some sort of good news, they found that, if liberal activist Grace Ross somehow beat incumbent Dem Deval Patrick in the primary, she would lost to GOPer Charlie Baker. Well, it's looking like Ross is in danger of not even making it onto the ballot. The state SoS says she has only a little more than half of the 10,000 signatures she needs; Ross promises an announcement tomorrow morning on her next step. (The upside for Patrick, if Ross qualifies for the primary though, would be $750K in public financing for his campaign, which he wouldn't be entitled to if he were running unopposed.)

ME-Gov: There's been some ongoing controversy in the sleepy Maine governor's race about how Republican candidate Steve Abbott (former CoS to Susan Collins) wound up with GOP voter lists, but this is a strange turn: the state Republican party chair, Charlie Webster, is now saying that Abbott's camp flat-out "stole" it.

GA-09: The special election to replace Nathan Deal (where GOPers Tom Graves and Lee Hawkins are in a runoff) seems to have winnowed the Republican field for the regularly-scheduled GOP primary, too. Former state Senate majority leader Bill Stephens has dropped out of contention in that field.

HI-01: Even if something incredibly dramatic happens between now and Saturday's drop-dead date in the special election in the 1st, things are still pretty much cast in stone. In the all-mail in election, now 43% of all ballots sent out have been returned.

IN-03: State Sen. Marlin Stutzman (whose name rec is sky-high right now after running fairly well in the GOP Senate primary against Dan Coats) says that he's going to strike while the iron is hot, and get into the race to replace resigning Rep. Mark Souder. Other GOPers confirming that they'll run include state Rep. Randy Borror, Ft. Wayne city councilor Liz Brown, and recent primary loser Phil Troyer. Another recent primary loser, Bob Thomas, is a potential candidate.

OH-16: After having found an excuse to hide behind the door the last time Barack Obama came to Ohio, Rep. John Boccieri was proudly with him when he visited Youngstown yesterday. Perhaps he can sense a bit of a turning of the tide? Troublingly, though, Senate candidate Lee Fisher wasn't present.

PA-12: PPP digs through the data from their last pre-election poll in the 12th and finds what may really have done the Republicans in. There's one entity in the district even more unpopular than Barack Obama (who had 30% approval), and that's Congressional Republicans, who were at a miserable 22/60. In nationalizing the election, Tim Burns tied himself to the nation's least favorite people of all.

PA-19: After having surviving his primary last night despite publicly seeking another job, it looks like Rep. Todd Platts exposed himself to all that danger for no reason at all. Platts announced yesterday that the Obama administration had let him know that he wasn't going to be selected for the Government Accountability Office job he'd been angling for.

CT-AG: Here's one of the weirdest career crash-and-burns I've seen lately: SoS Susan Bysiewicz went in a few months from likely next Governor to somehow not even eligible to run for the lower-tier job she dropped down to. Connecticut's Supreme Court unanimously ruled that she didn't meet the criteria for legal experience required to become AG, reversing a lower court's decision. Former Democratic state Sen. George Jepsen now has the AG job pretty much to himself. At any rate, with Bysiewicz now combing the "Help Wanted" section, that gives the Connecticut Dems a fallback plan for the Senate if Richard Blumenthal does need to bail out (although Bysiewicz may be seriously damaged at this point too).

OR-St. House: Here are a couple races with interesting implications that I forgot to watch last night: two Republican state Reps. from the high-desert parts of Oregon (the state's Republican stronghold) committed the unthinkable heresy of not only bipartisanship but supporting tax increases to close the state's budget gap. Both Bob Jenson and Greg Smith survived their primaries, though, after teabaggers, right-to-lifers, and even their state House minority leader turned their wrath against them.

Arizona: One other election result from last night that most people, us included, seemed to overlook was Proposition 100 in Arizona. In a surprise, at least to those people who think that it's a rabidly anti-tax year (which would be those people who didn't pay any attention to Measures 66 and 67 earlier this year in Oregon), the people of this red state voted by a fairly wide margin for a temporary sales tax increase as part of a package of changes to close the budget gap. It's a victory for Jan Brewer, actually, who backed the plan (perhaps feeling safer to do so, having solidified her position with her support for the "papers please" law).

1994: When you have a wave, a lot of dead wood washes up on the beach. Prompted by '94 alum Mark Souder's mini-scandal and resignation, Dana Milbank looks back at the wide array of scoundrels and rogues who were swept in in 1994.

History: History's only barely on the side of Blanche Lincoln when it comes to runoffs. It turns out that the person who finishes first in a runoff wins 72% of the time, but when that's limited only to runoffs in primaries, the success rate is only 55%... and Lincoln's victory over Bill Halter last night was a particularly close one.

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Question about CT-Sen
Why do people keep talking about Chris Murphy?  What about the rest of our bench in CT, between Larson, DeLauro, Lamont, and Malloy, and probably others?

party: Democratic, ideology: moderate, district: CT-01

Blumenthal's strong defense. The New York Times in troubles.
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Doesn't look like Bennett will do the write-in campaign.  The location of his press conference tomorrow: NRSC, National Republican Senate Committee hq.  Unless Cornyn and other Senate Republicans plan on backing Bennett instead of the official Republican nominee.

Is she that damaged?  I mean, this is a huge set back, but it's not like she did anything wrong here.

I think Bysiewicz will save Blumenthal

All the GOPer candidates know now Bysiewicz is waiting free if Blumenthal colapse.

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AR-Sen Runoff: Halter leads!

Within the margin of error, but I'll take it.

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with the MoE it might as well be the same result as last night, but IMO the dynamics of the race favor Halter.

21, dude, RI-01 (registered) IL-01 (college)
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That's a weird-looking poll
Did they ask the runoff question AFTER all those issue-related questions?

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I hope not
I had the same thought.

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Maybe I'm looking too much into things, but that lists 88% of those polled voted for Obama, 11% for McCain.

It's Arkansas.

I would think a credible poll would be closer...

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Eh, maybe, maybe not.
According to the CNN Exit Poll, Democrats in Arkansas went for Obama by a 77%-21% margin.  That is a 21% difference between the polling sample and the exit poll sample.  

However, it's still possible that the polling sample is correct.  This is an open primary, so Republicans and independents can vote in the Democratic Primary.  Both groups had lower returns for Obama, as one would expect.  However, with a contested Republican Primary, I'd venture a guess that the ones who voted in he Democratic Primary were more supportive of Obama than independents and Republicans as a whole.  You also have to figure many weaker Democrats (ie. many of those who voted for McCain) either voted did not vote at all in a primary or voted in the Republican Primary.  

So, 88-11 is possible.

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Re: FL-Sen
I just noticed that the primary color on Crist's campaign website guessed

That's funny. I guess we know which voters' subconscious he's trying to appeal to.

Some Dude, 19, Democrat, NH-02 (residence), MA-08 (college)

So, Does anyone think Marshall can beat Burr?  I think that his name recognition failure really hurts him in the general.  How sweet would it be to win NC & KY?

A man can dream...

20, Male, Democrat, CA-44 (home) CA-12 (college)

I'm starting to think
that we're beginning to take control of the Senate races. Besides the Blumenthal fiasco, it seems like we've been playing more offense lately. Winning OH, KY, and MO would be huge, as they'd cancel out DE, IN, and ND.

Some Dude, 19, Democrat, NH-02 (residence), MA-08 (college)

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I'll say it again.
We have a better chance at gaining seats than we're given credit for.  North Dakota is the only seat that we are guaranteed to lose.  

Delaware and Illinois are both blue states with obvious Democratic proxies to turn out the vote.  Nevada, New Hampshire, Colorado, Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Iowa were all blue states in the last election.  

Several of those states are seeing possible Republican in-fighting.  Ditto Arizona.  Arizona also will have a pissed-off Hispanic electorate.  

North Carolina has a lackluster Republican incumbent.  Kentucky has a bat-shit Republican nominee.  Indiana has a a Democratic nominee that shouldn't be written off.  The Republican in Ohio is the Architect of the Bush Economy.  

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Don't forget Arkansas
IMO Likely GOP with Lincoln, Leans GOP with Halter.

21, dude, RI-01 (registered) IL-01 (college)
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Knew I was forgetting one.
Actually, I say Arkansas is a loss with Lincoln as the nominee.  

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most certainly does not belong in the same category as North Dakota and Delaware. Indiana is a tossup and I think most people expect an Ellsworth win. Unlike in North Dakota and Delaware where we have little to no chance.  

Proud member of the Indiana Democratic Party from IN-9.  

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I don't think Delaware should be written off yet.
It's a blue state.  It's the VP's home state and you have to think he's at least going to make an effort there.  To my knowledge, Coons hasn't started trying to poke holes in Castle's "moderate" facade.

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Based on the American Conservative Union's ratings
He is a genuine moderate, according to their criteria. His 2009 score was 56 and his lifetime score is 52.49, almost dead center and to the left of some Democrats. I think the arguments will be similar to those in the 2008 Oregon Senate race, except that Jeff Merkley, as Speaker of the Oregon House, was probably better known than Coons, and he was running against an incumbent senator with - correct me if I'm wrong - compromised popularity, rather than a venerable, popular longtime at-large Representative. Also, Gordon Smith's 2007 ACU rating was rather higher than Castle's (and, in fact, the same as Bobby Bright's 2009 rating): 72. And, finally, Barack Obama won Oregon by plenty, no doubt doing a lot to pull Merkley to a narrow win. Coons won't have such coattails to hang onto.

Do I think it's possible Coons could win? Yes. But he'll have to run an incredibly great campaign. Does he have it in him?

"I'm not a member of any organized political party, I'm a Democrat!"
--  Will Rogers  

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Don't we pretty much just need Tom Carper fully on board for DE-Sen?
as in, he's the guy who keeps Castle around?

party: Democratic, ideology: moderate, district: CT-01

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w/r/t Indiana
While I'm hopeful about Ellsworth, especially against Coats, I'd wait until there's positive polling to take it out of the lean-R column.  

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Way too early to say Ellsworth will win for sure.  

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No one is saying anything like that I'm just saying it's a tossup.  

Proud member of the Indiana Democratic Party from IN-9.  

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Oh, I agree. Sorry to have misunderstood.

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It's a tossup
Polling is a former statewide elective official verses a basically a generic D. No one knows Ellsworth and once they do they will go to his column. Forget you not he is a GREAT candidate and Coats is a crappy one at best. Also R2K showed it as a clear tossup while Rass is the one showing huge Coats leads. Yeah there was a SUSA but remember during the same week they showed Rossi leading by like ten when no one else showed anything close.  Even Rass had Rossi down by a couple. Still I'm not questioning Scotty and SUSA I'm just saying give some time for Ellsworth to get known. Polling now is worth nothing at all. Tossup is the fairest ranking of this race. I know you think I'm just being overly optimistic because I'm a Hoosier Dem but I really view this race as a tossup and it has nothing to do with my political party.  

Proud member of the Indiana Democratic Party from IN-9.  

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I wouldn't be surprised to see Ellsworth tied in near future polling
Courtesy of the bump from primary publicity.

But Nate shows a R bias to Rassmussen polls of only 5

and a D bias to R2K polls of about 4. And the last R2K poll was from Feb.

So I think it is fair to say, pre-primary, Ellsworth is/was behind by some high-single digit number (5-9 points). Ellsworth has the qualifications and bonafides to make it a race - and even dominate, especially against someone like Coats. But he still has to execute.

If/when he does, ratings will change appropriately.

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will admit that if the election was today Coats would win. I know he out performs Ellsworth now but just wait until people know who he is. As for the bias, well I just plain and simply don't trust Rasmussen. I don't trust them even when they show big leads for team blue. I can't believe them. I just can't. I do believe that some of their results are fairly near the norm but I think some are WAY off wack to the sum of twenty points. I do believe the SUSA poll but I really want to see PPP poll it because I trust them more than any other. I feel better about this election than many others.  

Proud member of the Indiana Democratic Party from IN-9.  

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Didn't they have a 48-47 lead for Burns going into last night?

Polls are good and all, but sometimes we have to not look at them, per say. I even said two days ago that Burns would have a tough time winning his primary (I think he only beat Russell by like, 8 points) because people were just getting tired of all the adds Burns was running. Polls offer you something nice to look at and dissect, but they only mean something if there is a huge lead one way or another. (DC Morrison with 13 percent? Any poll have that?)

23, Male, PA-05 (summer) PA-12 (winter)

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Unfoundedly polled that one. PPP tends not to be best at specials. Fortunately Rass doesn't poll house races. Thank goodness.  

Proud member of the Indiana Democratic Party from IN-9.  

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If that's true
Do you think that we are more likely to hold Indiana than pick up New Hampshire? I'm a little hesitant to believe that.

Some Dude, 19, Democrat, NH-02 (residence), MA-08 (college)

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I really like Hodes but I think it's all about the candidate and the Republicans have a great candidate in New Hampshire while they have a not such great one here.  So I would say we have a better shot of keeping Indiana based mainly on this. Also Hodes has not ran a great campaign so far, he already has good name ID and people don't seem to like him for some reason. He has been in this race for a long time and not done a lot that I know of. I still think we can pick it up but it will be difficult.  

Proud member of the Indiana Democratic Party from IN-9.  

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I think this race will tighten when the primary ends
I mean, while Hodes has a good chance at facing Ayotte, it still isn't set in stone yet, and he may want her, Lamontagne and Binnie to fight it out before he goes on the attack.

Makes sense to me.

Sestak wasn't too competitive in the primary until a few weeks before the primary, I was an early Sestak supporter, but I kinda gave up hope on him when he wasn't doing so well in the polls.  I mean, the first time a poll actually posted him as leading in the primary was May 8th! Almost exactly a week before the primary.

20, Male, Democrat, CA-44 (home) CA-12 (college)

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I'd say likeliest losses are ND, DE, AR, NV, IL, and IN
in that order.

The first three I'd say I'd give better than 50% odds for losing.  However, this is based on many, many factors, that can change between now and November.

Sure, we've shot a few arrows at Coats, but we haven't really gone after him big time yet.  And we already know he's soft.

Reid, while unpopular, seems to have a bumbling field of opponents.  And even if he is unpopular, he still is majority leader, with all the resources to go along with that, plus a large campaign warchest.

Arkansas obviously depends on who our nominee is.

party: Democratic, ideology: moderate, district: CT-01

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Not overly worried about Illinois
Even after everything that has happened Kirk is barely ahead. Won't be easy but very doable, even with Alexi I think.

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Ukranian strippers?
I guess we won't get much help from Jeff Greene on the matter of outsourcing (:  He's quickly becoming my favorite candidate of this cycle.  

Please donate to to help build more after school centers in the Miami area.  

23, Democrat, IA-2

The fact that Crist is even attempting to grab Democratic votes should be a warning sign to Meek.

Which, honestly, Meek's campaign seems more like a "sacrificial lamb" campaign than anything else.

I'd like to see Chiles or someone else get in.

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Filing deadline has already passed. Meek or Greene that's it. I know great options.  I wouldn't want Chiles anyway. What, besides his name, does he offer? I am leaning somewhat towards Crist assuming he makes it clear he will caucus with the Dems.   .  

Proud member of the Indiana Democratic Party from IN-9.  

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That's kind of what I was alluding too with Chiles. He doesn't have anything to offer, besides a famous name. However, I bet he'd still do better than Meek. Sure, he's a Congressman, but what has he done?

This is one race where we really dropped the ball. Sure, I applaud Meek for running when Crist was by far the favorite. But now that the race is actually competitive, I wish we had a Democrat who could win.

Debbie Wasserman-Schultz might be too liberal statewide, but I think she'd make a heckuva candidate. I disagree with her on a lot of issues, but I have a ton of respect for her. She knows how to win.

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SSP: "A longer-form video release of the appearance [..] where the offending phrase occurred have him correctly referring to having "served in the military, during the Vietnam era" in the very same speech."

Sorry to beat this dead horse after I already posted about it in the other thread - I'm probably not making myself popular here - but c'mon.

So the score is now that in that one speech, he once outright lied about having served in Vietnam, and once, a little earlier, carefully parsed his words so that everyone would thinkhe was in Vietnam, without explicitly lying about it.

Add that to the examples from other events the NYT unearthed of Blumenthal doing the same thing, and this is supposed to make us feel better, and conclude that it was all just a cheap shot?

That doesn't seem right.

38, Male, SP, NL / LMP, HU

Nobody said it wasn't bad
But it isn't fatal to his chances either.

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I don't want to be all GO DICK BLUMENTHAL
But "served in the military, during the Vietnam era" is precisely correct, especially since he was talking about his own observations of the response to returning Vietnam veterans. He's a Vietnam-era veteran, not a Vietnam veteran.

I didn't serve, so this isn't an emotional issue for me -- and I'm not at all saying that people aren't entitled to react strongly to this. (And I agree that Blumenthal clearly meant to be very vague about the nature of his service.) But the Times spin on this, including not posting the full video and letting Chris Shays hold forth about mean ol' Dick Blumenthal, strikes me as ludicrous, reminiscent of Jon Solomon's crusade against Harry Reid in 2006.

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I'm going to engage in a little pushback
about Kos' takedown of Rasmussen. He's criticizing them for trying to establish a narrative, and also for not polling last nights races (apparently because that might go against the narrative).

There is no doubt that Rasmussen is engaging in setting a narrative, and no doubt its a pro-Republican narrative. But so what? How is that any different than what Research 2K does for Kos (lot of polls of Lincoln vs. Halter the past few weeks on Kos) or PPP is doing down in North Carolina trying to establish Burr is vulnerable. Kos doesn't seem to be accusing Rasmussen of lying, or even witholding poll nubmers that go against the narrative. (in fact, Rasmussen does occasionally release polls that go against the Republican talking points). He's suggesting that Rasumussen is running a scam by only polling the races it wants to.  

I like Kos, and his commentary on most of the stuff regarding Tuesday nights results has been pretty dead on. But this challenge to Rasmussen seems silly. So Rasmussen should have polled the PA-12 election so they could have screwed up the results as badly as PPP did, or R2K a couple weeks ago?

Anyway, feel free to jump all over me on this. Please note that I'm not defending any individual Rasmussen result, only that there's anything wrong with a pollster trying to establish a narrative.  

PPP and R2K are far more open about their partisan connections.

21, dude, RI-01 (registered) IL-01 (college)
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They also offer full disclosure
And don't hide their crosstabs.

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That's true
I'm not arguing that Rasmussen is a better polling operation than either R2K or PPP, only that I think it's silly to accuse them of engaging in a narrative when a lot of the pollsters these days are doing that (on behalf of someone or on their own).

As far as them not disclosing their bias or who they're working for, it's a fair point, although can't we just assume it's for some shadowy Republican organization?

I guess my point about Rasmussen is the same as it's always been - don't discard their polls, but know where they're coming from. I like the way this site handles them.  

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Rasmussen was the first poll to show the Sestak surge
Back in April, showing Specter ahead by just 2%.

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I glad because Sestak wins but

But is so obvious Rasmussen hate Specter cause of switch party.

Rasmussen give bad polls for Specter since he change party, and Sestak is surging and resurgind in Rasmussen polls since last august or more.

I take not this as a Rasmussen well doing.

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re R2K working for Kos
In that case, they CLEARLY state who they're working for: specifically, that Kos is paying them to do it.

party: Democratic, ideology: moderate, district: CT-01

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Louisiana most likely going back to open primaries
This got missed when I posted it yesterday, but the LA legislature is on the verge of passing a bill that will return Congressional elections to the old open primary-runoff system. Both houses have approved it; the Senate amended it so that it takes effect this year. The House has to approve the amended version, then it goes to Jindal's desk.

When will that be in effect?
Because if it's this year, we could see Vitter out without a Democrat winning the seat. Wasn't there other Republicans who were thinking about the race but are kinda holding off (other then Stormy Daniels)?

23, Male, PA-05 (summer) PA-12 (winter)

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If the House concurs with the Senate version, it will take effect this year.

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This is ridiculous
They need to decide on something and keep it that way! They changed it in time for the 2008 elections and are already changing it back? Why must we always be backasswards in LA?  

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Because it is the south

20, Male, Democrat, CA-44 (home) CA-12 (college)

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Yeah I know
I love it here but I wish we could just be normal with elections! They need to put state and federal elections on the same system- CLOSED PRIMARIES! Right now Federal races have closed primaries, but state still have the jungle primaries.  

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I was about to ask when it was originally changed.

Seems like yesterday we were talking about the "jungle primary".

Louisiana is very unique. Most people with any interest in politics, especially Southern Politics, knows about Huey Long. However, a few months ago I actually met a guy in my town in Georgia that grew up in Louisiana. He ended up majoring in Political Science at some school in Louisiana.

When I mentioned Huey Long, he busted out laughing and we ended up talking for a couple of hours about politics over there.

I knew things were crazy, but whoa! He said the craziest things we hear, especially on the local level, never reach the news. Corruption and all of the crazy stunts politicians use over there.

That's one state where I'd like to visit for a few weeks and just talk politics with locals.

Georgia's got a unique political history, but man Louisiana takes the title.

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MN-Gov (and more) poll
A new Minnesota Public Radio News/Humphrey Institute poll about the Minnesota governor's race, taken May 13-16 of 701 Minnesota voters (MOE is +/- 5.8 points):


-- In the DFL primary, former Sen. Mark Dayton is at 38%, with House Speaker/DFL Endorsee Margaret Anderson Kelliher at 28% and former State Representative Matt Entenza at 6%

-- Dayton leads GOP State Representative/Endorsee Tom Emmer 35-31%, with Independence Party Endorsee Tom Horner at 9%

-- Emmer leads Kelliher 31-29% with Horner at 10%

-- Emmer leads Entenza 32-28% with Horner at 11%

Also, some other numbers in the poll:

-- Job approvals went as follows:  Senator Klobuchar:  64%, President Obama:  51%, Senator Franken: 48%, Governor Pawlenty: 43%, Congress: 23%

-- Party ID:  42% Republican, 42% Democratic, 15% Independent

I glad of see a more credible poll about MN-Gov race
It was necessary after the poll of SurveyUSA. I hope see more polls.

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Marshall will likely win NC-Sen with Ken Lewis endorsement
Marshall did very well in the state's 300 or so black majority precincts, winning about 39% of those precincts while Lewis won about 45% of these precincts and Cal won about 9%. Of the precincts that are roughly 40%-49% black, Elaine won about 69% of those while Cal won about 7% of them. She performed really well in these areas considering that three of her opponents were African-American, and Cal's performance was very poor in these areas. With the Lewis endorsement, she will likely consolidate black support, making a runoff win very likely.

Rossi Rumor
He delayed announcing because his old campaign manager moved on to political consulting and he had trouble finding a new one. He has supposedly found a new one and they want to get the operation up and planned an announcement for next week.  

Just last Thurs. he told two individuals who had arranged leaves
to work on his campaign that there would be no campaign.  

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Please no Bysiewicz
Susan Bysiewicz has pretty much been Sec of State for my entire life, but I still don't know much about her, and from what I've seen, she's pretty much a lightweight. She now has all the time in the world to practice law privately, and that's fine with me.

Blumenthal is going to survive this anyway. There's really no one else in the state Democratic party, despite its depth, who has his stature and can win the seat easily. A morning radio show on a New Haven rock station that is usually filled with alpha-male jokes and Scott Brown and Joe Lieberman fans took on Blumenthal today, but really only made fun of his name ("Dick") and didn't make a big deal out of his lying, calling him a friend nonetheless. This is from a show that called Obama a terrorist before his election. It's going to be a non-issue when formerly drugged up wrestlers come out against Linda McMahon.

Larson and DeLauro are safely ensconced in House leadership, and Courtney is a good fit for CT-02. Murphy can afford to wait, and is still nowhere as well known as Larson and Rosa. Lamont seems a good fit for governor. There's a bunch of mayors and backbenchers, but really no one with a statewide profile, and scandals erupt all the time with these guys (especially the mayors- right now its the mayor of Hartford's turn).

The state Republican party is a big mess of nutters and Wall Streeters (just like their Senate primary) with no shot at winning. And Joe Lieberman, probably to his dismay, can't save them this time (You know he'd love to hold both seats himself).

25, Male, CT-01 (home), Perth-Wellington riding (sometimes)

He has built up goodwill over the years
If this was somebody people didn't know already it would be a terrible first impression. Joe Biden had no problem being re-elected in Delaware after the plagarism flap for the same reason. Though I do think it makes it more competitive than it was before.

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Vito Fossella nominated by Staten Island GOP
Only problem: He's not running  

Are they going for cat fud again?

Also, I love the guy's picture there, with the three question marks next to his face.

party: Democratic, ideology: moderate, district: CT-01

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Conway will win
I've changed my mind. After seeing this, I can't believe Rand Paul can win a statewide election. He is so extremely retrograde that in 2010, he is against the Civil Rights Law's provisions on public accommodations by privately-owned businesses. He is enunciating the position held by Goldwater in 1964 and later repudiated by him, that private businesses have the right to discriminate if they so choose. All Conway has to do is remind people that the period of desegregation was very painful and that, rather than reopening painful wounds, we should close them forever. I feel sure that even a goodly number of white voters somewhere along the racism scale would nod their heads at that argument. I am re-rating this contest Lean-D

"I'm not a member of any organized political party, I'm a Democrat!"
--  Will Rogers  

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