West Virginia: This poll finds Romney leading the President by 15 points. This poll also shows stunning leads for Democrats Manchin and Tomblin in their races for Senate and Governor.
Wisconsin: This new poll from Marguette U shows a very tight race between Governor Scott Walker and Mayor Tom Barrett. Walker leads by 1% among likely voters. The poll also shows Barrett with a double digit lead over his closest primary foe former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk. That primary will be next Tuesday with the recall of Walker set for June 5th. Doug La Follette. I am still wondering how to work Doug La Follette into this post. Should I mention his 8% primary polling number? Or should I mention his name is La Follette and not LaFollette? Or perhaps I should wonder why he is in this race?
Connecticut: Susan Bysiewicz vows to continue her effort to secure the Democratic nomination for US Senate. The Gov, Lt Gov and most of the political establishment have endorsed Congressman Murphy but Ms Bysiewicz is not giving up. She passed up a couple of winnable races in 2010 and her timing seems off this year as well. The Democratic convention is next week and perhaps after that we will see a quick exit for her.
Kansas: Yet another Congressional plan has passed the Senate Redistricting committee. This map does not do any favors to Congresswoman Jenkins. It is, however, likely to be close to what a judicial map would look like. I am not sure it hurts Jenkins all that much because in my opinion the threat to her seat is not in a GE but in a primary. She has overperformed against Democrats and I feel she will have that seat as long as she keeps winning the GOP nomination to it. Still as a general principle it is a shame to waste all of those GOP voters in CD1 and CD4.
Kansas II: There was also another map passed on Tuesday by the State Senate. The Senate passed a new map with a few changes as the lines were adjusted to put potential foes back in their old districts. It is still not clear if this will satisfy the Governor and House Speaker. I am wondering if there is not some sort of backroom compromise floating around that will sort out all these maps by the weekend.
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