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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:

Alaska
Tony Knowles (AK-Gov)

Arkansas
Mike Beebe (AR-Gov)

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

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

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

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

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

Hawaii
Mazie Hirono (HI-02)

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

Idaho
Larry Grant (ID-01)

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

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

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

Massachusetts
Deval Patrick (MA-Gov)

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

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

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

Missouri
Claire McCaskill (MO-Sen)

Montana
Jon Tester (MT-Sen)

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

Nebraska
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)

Nevada
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)

Ohio
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)

Oregon
Ted Kulongoski (OR-Gov)

Pennsylvania
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)

Tennessee
Harold Ford (TN-Sen)

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

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

Vermont
Peter Welch (VT-AL)

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

Wisconsin
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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