Points By Drew Pritt


The Face(s) of a Democratic Senate.
May 28, 2008, 2:53 am
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Not since 1958 have the Democrats had this many Democrats who appear headed to the U.S. Senate. However, If Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and the DSCC and current independent polling is correct, then at least 9 new fresh faces will be gracing the halls of the U.S. Senate.

Mark Begich (Alaska), Mark Udall (Colorado), Bruce Lunsford (Ky.), Al Franken (Minnesota), Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire), Tom Udall (New Mexico), Kay Hagan (North Carolina), and Mark Warner (Virginia) currently lead or are tied in the polls with Republican incumbents. In addition, these candidates have the financial resources and the infastructure to capture these Republican seats. Also, U.S. Congressman Rob Andrews (New Jersey) seems to have the momentum behind him in his primary bid for U.S. Senate. He will start out as the favorite against U.S. Congressman Dick Zimmer (R) if that happens.

         

What passes for the “2nd Tier” is really a number of “top tier” candidates who are waiting for primaries, fundraising, and polling to fall into place. But these candidates still have an incredible opportunity to put it together and come into the top tier or pull upsets.

They include former legislator Jim Martin (Georgia), former Congressman Larry LaRocco (Idaho), former Congressman Jim Slattery (Kansas), Congressman Tom Allen (Maine), former Governor Ronnie Musgrove (Mississippi), rancher Scott Kleeb (Nebraska), State Senator Andrew Rice (Oklahoma), Speaker of the House Jeff Merkley (Oregon), former Party Chair Bob Tuke (Tennessee), and State Representative Rick Noriega (Texas).

If two more of these “2nd Tier” break into the top, then that means there is enough candidates for a veto-proof Senate, which could affect either a McCain or Obama Administration. Its more likely 3 or 4 need to breakout and have the other nine win, just in case a Senate incumbent Democrat, like Mary Landrieu (Louisiana) lose.

Still, want a group of exciting and progressive new faces for the U.S. Senate.

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