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Monday, May 12, 2014

Democratic candidates are holding their own in three key Senate races despite a daunting political environment for their party in the upcoming midterm elections, according to new NBC News-Marist polls of Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky. And in one race in particular, Democrats are more than just competitive. In Arkansas, with less than six months until Election Day, incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., leads Republican challenger Tom Cotton by 11 points among registered voters, 51 percent to 40 percent. (That finding is largely in line with other polling from that race since April showing Pryor either leading or tied.)


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In Georgia, Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is running neck and neck against all of her potential GOP opponents in November. And in Kentucky, Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is within one point of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell among registered voters, 46 percent to 45 percent.


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#1 | Posted by Corky at 2014-05-12 01:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

Corky! Shhhhh!

Dang it all!

Are you trying to jinx it? Let them continue to believe they have it all wrapped up. And it's in the bag.

You know. Like the 2012 elections.

Remember to agree with them...say why yes you poor dears... it is all about Obamacare and Benghazi!

If all goes well they will be sending poor Megyn Kelly back down to the Fox News business desk again to check those numbers again.

#2 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-05-12 01:13 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

You know. Like the 2012 elections.

Did you mean, "Like the 2014 elections"?

After all, it was the last midterm election and this thread is about mid term elections. Any polisci person will tell you dynamics are a lot different in midterms. But if it helps you to believe otherwise, far be it from me to rain on your parade donnerboy.

BTW, here's something else for you to worry about:

Voter Enthusiasm Down Sharply From 2010

PRINCETON, NJ -- A majority of U.S. registered voters, 53%, say they are less enthusiastic about voting than in previous elections, while 35% are more enthusiastic. This 18-percentage-point enthusiasm deficit is larger than what Gallup has measured in prior midterm election years, particularly in 2010 when there was record midterm enthusiasm.

Among registered voters, 42% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents currently say they are more enthusiastic than usual about voting, while 50% are less enthusiastic, resulting in an eight-point enthusiasm deficit. But Democrats are even less enthusiastic, with a 23-point deficit (32% more enthusiastic vs. 55% less enthusiastic).

Typically, the party whose supporters have an advantage in enthusiasm has done better in midterm elections. Republicans had decided advantages in enthusiasm in 1994, 2002, and especially 2010 -- years in which they won control of the House of Representatives or expanded on their existing majority. Democrats had the advantage in 2006, the year they won control of the House. Neither party had a decided advantage in 1998, a year Democrats posted minimal gains in House seats.

It's also generally accepted that republicans are more likely to get out and vote, especially during an election marked by indifference.

So I understand you trying to compare a midterm election to a general election year. Your party has a lot to be worried about.

#3 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-12 01:22 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

The reason might be Southern Democrats are not aligned with the kook left as often.

#4 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-05-12 03:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

That's funny. The GOP's best scenario is an outbreak of voter apathy.

#5 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2014-05-12 06:15 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

-an outbreak of voter apathy.

Triggered by cynical policies, voter restrictions, and the "Parties are the same" memes.... the latter being something with which many far lefties support the GOP.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2014-05-12 06:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

2014 probably will not be a great year for the Dems. I'll be happy if the GOP doesn't take the Senate outright. This is one of those years where every seat will count. I hope apathy, especially among young people, doesn't keep people away from the polls.

#7 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-05-12 07:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

"2014 probably will not be a great year for the Dems. I'll be happy if the GOP doesn't take the Senate outright."

Even is the GOP does nothing, you're seeing democratic politicians come into play who probably aren't going to support the progressive cause, certainly not the extent that the radical wing of the democratic party would like them to. None of the folks mentioned in this article are what I would charatcerize as "progressive." I think most could just as easily run as non-democrats. Even republicans. The most progressive thing I saw was the gal from kentucky wanting to increase the minimum wage. Dumb, yes, but also supported by Mitt Romney.

#8 | Posted by madbomber at 2014-05-13 01:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

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