Something odd happened Tuesday: Barack Obama beat Hillary Clinton solidly among
working class white voters
He won in all age groups except over 60 and he won among voters making under $50,000 a year and he won
among voters without college degrees. Given the demographics of Oregon, nearly all these people are white.
Thus it indeed seems he has an
rather than a generic blue-collar problem. He will no doubt work on this by emphasizing bread-and-butter issues
like jobs and mortgage relief in the general election. Earlier in the year he talked about a big plan to
rebuild America's crumbling infrastructure, a project that would create a lot of jobs. He might put that back
on the table as a way to appeal to Appalachian voters, many of whom are hurting economically.
The saga of Vito Fossella (R-NY) in NY-13 is not over. The Hill
that he may go to jail for drunken driving (not for having two families, that's fine).
If he goes to jail, there will be immense pressure on him to resign from Congress to avoid bad PR.
If he resigns before July 1, Gov. David Paterson (D-NY) has the option of calling a special election.
Given that Democrats have won three contested special elections in a row in highly Republican territory,
Paterson may well call a special election in this D+1 district and the Democrats may pick up another
House seat. If Fossella stays in the House until after July 1, the seat will remain vacant until January.
The senatorial committees have
their April numbers as follows:
Cash on Hand
The congressional committees have also
on April as follows:
Cash on Hand
No new primary polls today, but there are several general election polls.