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Now that even GOP operatives are calling the presidential election for Barack Obama, it's time to focus on the other big prize - filibuster-proof control of the US Senate.

Until recently, even Democratic operatives have said that achieving the beautiful 60 seat majority needed claim this prize is unlikely. But then the most amazing set of financial failures since the Great Depression occurred - exceeding the financial cost of 1980's Savings and Loan scandal. And suddenly the sure things weren't sure things anymore as GOP Senate candidates in several states either lost their front runner status or saw their double-digit leads evaporate.

Today, let's take a look at one of the unthinkables - Rick Noriega of Texas.

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Yes! Texas. Sounds implausible? This is after all not a presidential swing state. Barack Obama is trailing John McCain by almost 20 points.

left aligned imageWell, the Senate race is quite a bit closer. In fact, the Democratic candidate, Rick Noriega, is now within seven points of incumbent John Cornyn - and gaining as we speak.

John Cornyn is flush with funds and can take out take out ads lying about his record on the mortgage crisis.

Now the really interesting part of this is that Rick Noriega hardly has any money to take out television advertisements of his own to combat Cornyn's lies.

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And that's where you come in. Imagine how many more voters would come around to Noriega if he had the ability to defend himself against and attack Cornyn for his ridiculous claims.

The polls show the Democrats as holding a total of 59 Senate seats after the election. One more seat, and the Dems will have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. That means that President Obama's Supreme Court nominees can get an up and down vote on the Senate floor without being stopped by Republicans. That means that President Obama's green energy plan will get its day in the Senate. And that also means that President Obama's middle class tax cut will get a fair shake as well without needing any Republican amendments tacked on.

Rick Noriega may very well be that one extra win that gives the Democrats the 60 seat majority that it needs.

In you live in Texas, volunteer to help his campaign. And if you can (even if you don't live in Texas) give to the Noriega campaign. I placed Noriega's campaign (as well as the other key Senate swing state Senate campaigns) on my ActBlue page - 60 is Beautiful. Click here to contribute now.

Originally posted to gthiruva on Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 11:49 AM PDT.

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