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So, it seems that most people in the previous diaries think that diaries should cover individual states.  Now, one question is should each diary cover each race in that state, or just hot races and possible upsets?

If so, there may very well be states that do not have a diary at all because there are no close races in those states.  On the other hand, there may be some states - especially western ones - which may only have one or two good races and can be combined together.

The minus to the above, however, is if a state doesn't have a planned diary, and then a surprise race pops up, what do we do?

More below.

Update [2006-10-20 15:34:40 by FleetAdmiralJ]: Here are the past three diaries:
Diary 1
Diary 2
Diary 3

If we do the "hot races" thing, I have compiled 101 101+ races that we should probably track:

Tony Knowles (AK-Gov)

Mike Beebe (AR-Gov)

Ellen Simon (AZ-01)
Harry Mitchell (AZ-05)
Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-08)
Jim Pederson (AZ-Sen)

Charlie Brown (CA-04)
Jerry McNerney (CA-11)
David Roth (CA-45)
Francine Busby (CA-50)
Phil Angelides (CA-Gov)

Angie Paccione (CO-04)
Jay Fawcett (CO-O5)
Ed Perlmutter (CO-07)
Bill Ritter (CO-Gov)

Joe Courtney (CT-02)
Diane Farrell (CT-04)
Chris Murphy (CT-05)
Ned Lamont (CT-Sen)

Charlie Stuart (FL-08)
Phyllis Busansky (FL-09)
Christine Jennings (FL-13)
Tim Mahoney (FL-16)
Ron Klein (FL-22)
Jim Davis (FL-Gov)

Mazie Hirono (HI-02)

Bruce Braley (IA-01)
Chet Culver (IA-Gov)

Larry Grant (ID-01)

Tammy Duckworth (IL-06)
Dan Seals (IL-10)
John Laesch (IL-14)
Phil Hare (IL-17)
Rod Blagojevich (IL-Gov)

Joe Donnelly (IN-02)
Tom Hayhurst (IN-03)
Brad Ellsworth (IN-08)
Baron Hill (IN-09)

Mike Weaver (KY-02)
John Yarmuth (KY-03)
Ken Lucas (KY-04)

Deval Patrick (MA-Gov)

Martin O'Malley (MD-Gov)
Ben Cardin (MD-Sen)

Jim Marcinkowski (MI-08)
Jennifer Granholm (MI-Gov)
Debbie Stabenow (MI-Sen)

Tim Walz (MN-01)
Patty Wetterling (MN-06)
Mike Hatch (MN-Gov)
Amy Klobuchar (MN-Sen)

Claire McCaskill (MO-Sen)

Jon Tester (MT-Sen)

North Carolina
Larry Kissell (NC-08)
Heath Shuler (NC-11)

Maxine Moul (NE-01)
Scott Kleeb (NE-03)

New Hampshire
Paul Hodes (NH-02)

New Jersey
Linda Stender (NJ-07)
Bob Menendez (NJ-Sen)

New Mexico
Patricia Madrid (NM-01)

Jill Derby (NV-02)
Tessa Hafen (NV-03)
Dina Titus (NV-Gov)
Jack Carter (NV-Sen)

New York
Dave Mejias (NY-03)
John Hall (NY-19)
Kirsten Gillibrand (NY-20)
Mike Arcuri (NY-24)
Dan Maffei (NY-25)
Jack Davis (NY-26)
Eric Massa (NY-29)
Eliot Spitzer (NY-Gov)

John Cranley (OH-01)
Victoria Wulsin (OH-02)
Charlie Wilson (OH-06)
Bob Shamansky (OH-12)
Betty Sutton (OH-13)
Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15)
Zack Space (OH-18)
Ted Strickland (OH-Gov)
Sherrod Brown (OH-Sen)

Ted Kulongoski (OR-Gov)

Jason Altmire (PA-04)
Lois Murphy (PA-06)
Joe Sestak (PA-07)
Patrick Murphy (PA-08)
Chris Carney (PA-10)
Bob Casey (PA-Sen)

Rhode Island
Charles Fogarty (RI-Gov)
Sheldon Whitehouse (RI-Sen)

Harold Ford (TN-Sen)

Shane Sklar (TX-14)
Nick Lampson (TX-22)
Will Pryor (TX-32)

Phil Kellam (VA-02)
Judy Feder (VA-10)
Jim Webb (VA-Sen)

Peter Welch (VT-AL)

Peter Goldmark (WA-05)
Darcy Burner (WA-08)

Steve Kagen (WI-08)
Jim Doyle (WI-Gov)

Of course, if you think some races should be added, just post them.

In any case, we could do some combination diaries, like putting Alaska and Hawaii together into one diary.  Or putting Montana and Idaho together, or New Hampshire and Vermont together, etc.

What do you think?

Update [2006-10-20 15:51:6 by FleetAdmiralJ]: One more thing, if we were to combine states, what's the limit on number of races in a combined diary? Should only states with a single race be combined, or could a state with 2 races be combined with a state with only one race? Also, we should take into consideration how big the race is. For example, Tennessee and Missouri each only have one competitve race - the senate races. Yet those races are probably big enough so that they each warrant their own diary. What do you think?

Originally posted to FleetAdmiralJ on Fri Oct 20, 2006 at 12:32 PM PDT.


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