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  •  Thanks. Any updates on the governor's race? (none)
    •  Governor's race (none)
      Both Dems are running well behind Blunt...Holden has the war chest to wage and win a brutal general election. McCaskill does'nt have the money nor it seems the will to win. Her only campaign activity so far has been auditing the Governor for political gain.
      Holden is the one with his job on the line, McCaskill has job security and will be auditor wether she wins or loses the Governor's race... I see no drive and think she needs to wait for '08 so she runs hard and not with a "fall back" job.

      "He finesses all around. He is Jack be nimble, Jack be quick. He's all around the damn clock, so oozing and goozing and such a nice little choir boy and so plea

      by Show Me Dem on Mon Mar 15, 2004 at 11:13:41 PM PST

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      •  Do you see any chance of Holden winning (none)
        a second term?

        I'd hate to see more governor's chairs turn red this year. This one is up, and Washington, and others I'm forgetting.

        •  It's anybody has a chance (none)
          It's Bob Holden...he has been railroaded by a state house and Senate overrun with crazed Religious Right zealots... They have done everything to make him look horrible and have done a good job of taking down a good public servant. But he has stood up to them he vetoed Conceal and Carry, anti-choice legislation and the anti-education state budget (calling 3 special sessions to fix the blatant problems) instituted collective bargaining and basically defended Democrats continually in MO and we should'nt abandon him.

          I have seen Bob Holden run...he runs hard and works for every vote...McCaskill on the other hand had done no campaigning other than using her office to bash the governor. Besides that her fundraising has been lackluster at best.

          I think Holden want's it more than McCaskill and he can win, I don't think Claire can stand up to Blunt or keep up with his fundraising. So yeah in short...Holden will work harder and should be past a mil and a half this quarter. If we want to retain Missouri we need Holden in the General.

          "He finesses all around. He is Jack be nimble, Jack be quick. He's all around the damn clock, so oozing and goozing and such a nice little choir boy and so plea

          by Show Me Dem on Tue Mar 16, 2004 at 04:04:06 AM PST

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          •  Claire's audit of the SLPS (none)
            Was released in an incredibly hostile crowd and she handled herself amazingly.  Her campaign is very active in St. Louis because she doesn't have her traditional ties here and she is doing well. While most of the AFL-CIO are behind Holden, she is picking up black support because of Holden's indecisiveness on a series of issues African-Americans care about.  

            She beat him in the fight for the Kansas City Political Club and she fought real hard for that.

            From a recent news story

            The first independent survey to match the two showed McCaskill with a narrow 28-26 percent lead over Holden among those who said they would vote in the state's Democratic presidential primary Tuesday.

            A hefty 41 percent, however, said they were undecided for whom they might cast a ballot six months from now.

            The 2 percent margin between the two is within the poll's 4 percent margin of error, meaning the race is too close to call. The survey was conducted Jan. 20 through Sunday for The Kansas City Star and KMBC, Channel 9, by Market Data Specialists of Kansas City.

            The poll also indicates that more than half of Democrats and independents do not approve of Holden's job performance in the governor's office.

            To make matters worse, the tax plan Holden has offered is opposed by 45 percent of Democratic primary voters in the poll.  So the come back plan is opposed by his own party.  

            Given she is getting a later start she has almost the same totals as Blunt last quarter and that should get better.

            I'm not sure who will win, but this isn't going to be an easy race for Holden.  

      •  Actually, McCaskill is ahead (none)
        In some internals at least she is ahead of Blunt.  It's within the margins. For that matter, Bob isn't that far behind Blunt.  Which is amazing because Bob is not that popular.  

        I've seen McCaskill at a recent event. To suggest she isn't running hard is wrong.  She is taking aim at Holden and doing pretty well. She got the Teamster endorsement.  Beyond that the regular party is behind Holden, but in the last poll I saw she is ahead.  While activists feel loyalty to Holden, the rank and file of the party doesn't think he can win.  

        •  yeah, I did'nt make it to Hannibal (none)
          I don't know of any other events she might have been at, but she has been non-existent on the westerm half of the state. I am saying that out this way many people, some of whom started out supporters, are asking what is she doing other than auditing the governor.

          "He finesses all around. He is Jack be nimble, Jack be quick. He's all around the damn clock, so oozing and goozing and such a nice little choir boy and so plea

          by Show Me Dem on Tue Mar 16, 2004 at 01:21:32 PM PST

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