AK Sen: Operation Chaos Produces Hundreds of Write-In Candidates

By: Friday October 29, 2010 2:57 pm

The last week of the Senate race in Alaska has been pretty chaotic. Continuing revelations about Joe Miller have led to him tumbling in the polls. Sarah Palin returned home to throw some Mean Girls-inspired insults at Lisa Murkowski, calling the Republican incumbent an “out-of-touch” liberal. With the dynamics of the race changing so fast, [...]

Ads of the Week

By: Wednesday October 20, 2010 10:39 pm

A semi-regular campaign feature of some of the most notable ads I’ve seen… • AK-Sen: This was a little while back, but I think it may account for Lisa Murkowski’s recent surge in the polls. Lisa Murkowski resurrected an ad she was going to run in the Republican primary featuring Ted Stevens, before he passed [...]

WI-Sen: Internal Poll Shows Tie Race, Momentum to Feingold

By: Tuesday October 12, 2010 12:46 pm

Internal polls always have a slight lean in the direction of whoever commissioned the poll. But considering the consistent disadvantage for Russ Feingold in public polling of his re-election campaign over the last month, this internal poll from FM3 has to provide at least a little comfort. The topline numbers: Feingold 48, Ron Johnson 48. [...]

PA-Sen: Joe Sestak Goes for the Jugular Against Pat Toomey

By: Friday October 8, 2010 4:24 pm

Pennsylvania is one of those states in the industrial Midwest where the public mood is incredibly inhospitable to Democrats. At the same time, the Democratic enclaves around Philadelphia and its suburbs could boost statewide candidates if they manage to hold serve elsewhere. The Senate race is intriguing for how Joe Sestak is running against Pat [...]

Ads of the Day

By: Thursday October 7, 2010 8:41 pm

(A recurring feature of ads that have caught my eye) • CA-Gov: This isn’t going on television, at least not in this form. But it’s a catchy Web ad slamming Meg Whitman, and one of the most interesting aspects of it is who it comes from – the prison guards’ union, not seen as a [...]

KY-Sen: Rand Paul’s Medicare Deductible Problem

By: Thursday October 7, 2010 5:47 pm

If a candidate other than Rand Paul were nominated in Kentucky, given the rightward tilt of the state and the current electoral environment, they would have probably sailed to victory. But Paul’s past statements are really catching up with him and giving Jack Conway an angle to win. The big issue for Paul recently is [...]

Money Race: Democrats Reducing Ad Buys in Key Swing Districts, Spending in Outside Shots

By: Thursday October 7, 2010 1:18 pm

Hotline on Call is the best place to watch for an assessment of how the campaign committees view the races around the country, and they have two interesting articles up. First, they see Democrats dropping their spending in some swing races where they’re likely to lose: According to ad buy data confirmed by both Democratic [...]

Ads of the Day

By: Tuesday October 5, 2010 7:48 pm

A recurring segment where I pick out some campaign ads that have caught my eye. • CO-Sen: I know there’s some question about where the money for these Karl Rove-led American Crossroads ads have come from, but until now I haven’t seen one with the potential to be as brutally effective as this number about [...]

Ads of the Week

By: Sunday October 3, 2010 1:39 pm

So when I think of it, I’ll post some campaign ads that caught my eye throughout the week. Here goes: • Conservative Democrat Bobby Bright proudly announces that he votes 80% of the time with John Boehner. If you’ve given to the DCCC in the past two years, your money is going to someone like [...]

Following the Money from the Campaign Committees

By: Friday October 1, 2010 1:55 pm

One of the better ways to judge where the people paid to maintain seats in Congress think things are going is by monitoring the campaign spending by the leading political committees. Their judgments are not always correct – the $3 million to Tammy Duckworth in 2006 is a good example – but because candidates often [...]

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