Friday, October 1, 2010

10 Senate Seats the GOP is Likely to Win

This is an excellent commentary by Fred Barnes on why he thinks the Republicans could pick up ten (10) Senate seats and keep the ones in states we already have. From all we have been able to determine his analysis on each seat is correct.

The one that is the most mind boggling is WVA where the Governor turned Senate candidate is a big supporter of Obamacare which has left the popular Governor falling behind in the Senate race. West Virginians like him as Governor but are saying 'no thanks' as a Senator as they are continuing to voice their concerns he would be a lapdog for the Democrats in DC against their own interest.

We believe without a doubt that Ken Buck will be the next Senator from the State of Colorado and the people of Colorado cannot ask for a better Senator. He will be a 180 from the Democrat Bennet who was appointed when Salazar took the Energy job he knows nothing about.

Cannot wait to see Patty Murray sent to the unemployment line in January when the new Senators take over. Rossi will be a breath of fresh air for the residents of Washington State.

All Republicans need to keep working like we are behind so we can celebrate on the night of November 2, 2010!

10 Senate Seats the GOP is Likely to Win
Instead of the wilderness years, it’s been the wilderness months for Republicans.

BY Fred Barnes
October 1, 2010 7:10 AM

The conventional wisdom in the political community is that Republicans will probably win the House in the midterm election but fall short of capturing the Senate. Maybe, but Republicans have at least a 50-50 shot at taking the Senate, too.

There are more than as many as 14 Democratic seats in play. More important for Republicans, there are 10 in which their candidates are ahead in polls or tied. I’ve ranked the 10 on the basis of their likelihood of winning.

1. North Dakota. Governor John Hoeven is a shoo-in.

2. Arkansas. John Boozman’s lead over Senator Blanche Lincoln is so lopsided that RealClearPolitics already calls the seat “safe Republican.”

3. Indiana. Dan Coats, a former senator, had a tough primary but now is cruising to victory.

4. Pennsylvania. Pat Toomey’s lead has been steady for months over Joe Sestak.

5. Colorado. Democrats thought Ken Buck would be easy to beat. Wrong. His lead is growing.

6. Wisconsin. Ron Johnson is inexperienced but that hasn’t kept him from opening a double-digit lead over Senator Russ Feingold.

7. West Virginia. The dumbest move of the year was Democratic Governor Joe Manchin’s embrace of Obamacare in a state that has been trending Republican for a decade. Advantage John Raese.

8. Illinois. Mark Kirk has stumbled but Alexi Giannoulias is eminently beatable in a worst-case year for Democrats in Barack Obama’s home state.

9. Nevada. Harry Reid can’t get above 44 percent in polls. That’s a recipe for losing to Sharron Angle.

10. Washington. A good Republican candidate with a tailwind behind him can win in this normally Democratic state. Thus Dino Rossi has a good chance of ousting Patty Murray.

Notice the four contests I’ve left out: Connecticut, California, New York, and Delaware. Republicans could win all four, and they have strong candidates who are running only slightly behind in Connecticut (Linda McMahon) and California (Carly Fiorina).

My estimate for Republican pickups is 60 in the House and 10 in the Senate. Not a bad haul for a party that was supposed to be in the wilderness for a decade or more. Instead of the wilderness years, it’s been the wilderness months for Republicans.

Source: Weekly Standard

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