New House Table Available
A new table listing all 435 House races, with the candidates and predictions is now available.
Click on "House races" to the right of the map. For those races where polling data are available, it lists
the most recent poll (or average of multiple recent polls). Where no poll is available, it uses a model,
explained on the page, to predict the race based on the PVI, 2008 election, and other factors, as explained
on the page.
There is also a link there to a page with the data in .csv format for use with Excel or Open Office.
In case you missed it, the Saturday posting
compared the model used here to that used by Nate Silver at the NY Times. Some of Silver's numbers are
hard to swallow.
O'Donnell Leads Castle in Delaware
In an upset that might make the recent win in Alaska by lawyer Joe Miller (R) over Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) look
like small potatoes, perpetual candidate and tea party favorite Christine O'Donnell (R) now leads Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE)
in tomorrow's senatorial primary by a margin of 47% to 44%,
according to a new PPP poll.
An O'Donnell win would really shake up the Republican establishment and be far more significant that Miller's
win. In Miller's case, he can probably beat Sitka mayor Scott McAdams (D) in the general election, so one Republican
senator (Murkowski) would be replaced by another (Miller). Miller is much more conservative than Murkowski,
but that wouldn't be a real problem. In Delaware, an O'Donnell victory would almost certainly mean that
New Castle County Executive, Chris Coons (D), would suddenly become the odds on general-election favorite in this very blue state.
If it is Castle vs. Coons, Castle will likely win because he is personally quite popular.
If its own internal polling gives the same results as PPP, the NRSC will pull out all stops and buy every
minute of TV time it can get today in a frantic effort to stop O'Donnell.
In addition, every member of the Republican leadership is going to be dumping on her today.
The Republicans absolutely do not want O'Donnell
to win this nomination because it would pretty much end any dream of recapturing the Senate.
If she does win the primary, count on all the bad things the Republicans are going to say about her today
resurfacing in Coons' ads fairly quickly.
A subplot in Delaware is that O'Donnell has been endorsed by Sarah Palin. If O'Donnell wins this (or even if she
comes close), everyone will conclude that Palin's endorsement is worth gold. While there aren't a lot of primaries
left, in the general election, her endorsements could bring massive attention to specific candidates. Also, if she
chooses not to run for President in 2012, but endorses some other candidate in the Republican primary, that could
be a huge boost to whomever she endorses. If Sarah's magic wand can turn losers into winners just like that, she
will have immense power come 2012, either as a candidate or kingmaker.
As an aside, the New Hampshire Republican senatorial primary tomorrow is comparable to the Delaware one in
the sense that a tea party candidate, Ovide Lamontagne (R) is taking on an establishment candidate, Kelly Ayotte (R),
the state's Attorney General. A key difference, however, is that Palin has endorsed the moderate Ayotte rather
than her ideological clone, Lamontagne. She undoubtedly did this because polls show that Ayotte can beat
Rep Paul Hodes (D-NH), the Democratic candidate, and Lamontagne cannot. In states that will play a big role in
the 2012 nomination process, Palin has consistently gone with the winner, ideology be damned.
Ayotte is expected to win in New Hampshire although there hasn't been any recent polling of the state.
Boehner Would Support Middle-Class Tax Cut
In a statement yesterday, the House minority leader, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), said he would
a tax cut for the middle class only if it were the only option. Boehner is probably the most political animal in
Congress and everything he says and does is aimed at only one thing: becoming Speaker of the House in January.
Like everyone in Washington, he knows that in the upcoming fight over extending the expiring Bush tax cuts,
the Democrats are going to push for extending the cuts only for couples making less than $250,000, letting the
tax cuts for the rich expire. If he were to say: "It's tax cuts for everyone or for no one" he would be given
the Democrats the ability to paint the Republicans as willing to sacrifice the middle class in order to help
the rich. While this is probably true giving past actions, having it become the focus of the campaign doesn't
improve his chances of becoming Speaker, which is now paramount. So he is willing to abandon his friends and
principles for a shot at power. Hardly unusual in Washington and not limited to Republicans, but not pretty, either.
And politicians sometimes wonder why people have little respect for Congress.
|| Tom Sullivan
|| Mike Crapo*
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|| Idaho Media
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