During this year’s silly season aka the stretch drive to the November elections, I have been watching the self immolation of various Republican campaigns around the country with a bit of fascination. The topic of rape and incest as exceptions allowing a woman to have an abortion has caused great consternation amongst the chattering classes. From Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” to Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s “pregnancy from rape something God intended” (a variant on Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s rape is just another “method of conception“) to Washington US House candidate John Koster’s “the rape thing” to Wisconsin State Rep. Roger Rivard’s “some girls rape easy,” the topic of rape and abortion has been making headlines across the nation.
|By: dakine01 Friday November 2, 2012 2:06 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday October 17, 2012 10:40 am|
The open Connecticut senate race remains a surprising potential bright spot for Republicans in what is otherwise shaping up to be a problematic cycle for them. The latest Siena poll of likely voters has Republican Linda McMahon trailing Democrat Chris Murphy by only two points.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday August 30, 2012 2:19 pm|
The race for the Connecticut Senate seat has turned into a remarkably close contest. The latest PPP poll finds that Democrat Rep. Chris Murphy holds only a four point lead over Republican Linda McMahon. McMahon is best known for being president of World Wrestling Entertainment, where she made her personal fortune.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday August 28, 2012 8:00 am|
Republican Linda McMahon actually holds a small lead in the Connecticut Senate race. According to a new Qunnipiac poll she holds a three point lead over Democrat Chris Murphy in the race to replace Joe Lieberman.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday October 6, 2010 3:50 pm|
We’re seeing more and more discussion of the fact that Republican candidates nationwide have basically dropped off the map, relying on advertising and the national mood over retail campaigning and public appearances.
|By: David Dayen Thursday September 30, 2010 5:55 pm|
The DSCC has secured an ad buy in Connecticut, where they thought they wouldn’t have to pay attention to the race between Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) and WWE executive Linda McMahon (R). This $250,000 ad buy – with more likely to come – starves other candidates of potential resources. West Virginia, where the DSCC just dropped some money, also fits into this category.
But Democrats may have just caught a break in Connecticut. McMahon, appearing at a news conference that she abruptly shut down, made comments about the minimum wage that are a gift for her opponents to paint her as out of touch.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday August 10, 2010 7:31 pm|
The important election news so far tonight.
|By: Jon Walker Monday August 2, 2010 9:42 am|
A new poll shows challenger Andrew Romanoff pulling ahead for the first time over appointed Democratic Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, who has held the lead for most of the campaign. In the Republican Senate primary, Establishment choice, former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton, is still trailing Tea Party favorite Ken Buck.
|By: Jon Walker Monday May 24, 2010 1:00 pm|
Dem. Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut is weathering last week’s revelations that he fudged some accounts of his Vietnam-era military service, his campaign’s internal poll shows. One other poll finds a different result.