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  •  Wow, what were Daschle's numbers this time in '04? (5+ / 0-)

    That's the last time that a floor leader from either party was in any real danger.  

    I have to admit, these numbers make me feel a little better about the race here in North Carolina.  If voters in Kentucky are already thinking about firing McConnell this early in the game, then the national mood's looking a lot friendlier to Democrats.  And that can only help Kay Hagan.

    "Leave us alone!" -Mike Capuano

    by Christian Dem in NC on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 01:11:40 PM PST

    •  Reid (3+ / 0-)
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      LordMike, Odysseus, davybaby

      Reid looked like he was going to lose even on the eave of the election (almost all of the polling, even from non-Fox/Rasmussen sources had him tied or losing).

    •  Harry Reid had some ugly numbers (5+ / 0-)

      going into his last campaign, but he pulled it out...  for a couple reasons. First, Reid's base was not as divided as McConnell's is now.  Some of those t-baggers actually think Mitch is a liberal! Second, Reid had a fantastic field organization.  I'm not sure Mitch does - he's used to winning by attacking his opponents and lots of TV ads.  Weigh in Kentuckians - does Mitch have a good field game?

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 01:17:17 PM PST

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      •  Also, the crazy Tparty lady whose face reminds me (2+ / 0-)
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        artmartin, redwagon

        Of Sen McConells' was not working hard enough, was not articulate enough to persuade fence sitters to jump into her band wagon.
        Alison Grimes has the stature of a state wide office, she is telegenic smart and seems to have the structure on the ground to actually keep this race close till the end, and maybe pull out a victory.
        If she doesnt then she will be a strong candidate for Gov

    •  I dunno, Reid looked in bad shape in 2010 (2+ / 0-)
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      LordMike, PorridgeGun

      He largely won because of the awfullness of his opponent.

      And lest we forget, McConnell had a tough race last time in 2008 too.

      •  I don't think you can count Reid (1+ / 0-)
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        As far as I was concerned, he won another term when Sharron Angle won the Repub nomination.  And back in '08, Rutherford's numbers weren't nearly as good at this stage as Grimes' numbers are now.

        "Leave us alone!" -Mike Capuano

        by Christian Dem in NC on Wed Jan 29, 2014 at 01:27:08 PM PST

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        •  Agree on both counts (2+ / 0-)
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          VirginiaBlue, artmartin

          I'm just saying that neither of them had it easy in their last election.

          But yes, McConnell is probably in greater danger now than any Senate leader since Daschle. And the Dems still want to avenge Daschle's loss. They got some amount of revenge by kicking Santorum out in 2006 (he was then the #3 Senate Republican and rumored to be groomed by Rove for the top spot -  I guess Frist wasn't stupid and supine enough for them), but beating McConnell would be the ultimate prize.

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