AK-Sen: US v. Stevens went to jury today. A decision is expected tomorrow. The New York Times rounds up the trial:
As the fate of Sen. Ted Stevens is placed in the hands of a jury today, the government's once-powerful corruption case against the long-serving Republican suddenly looks too close to call.
Because of a finding of prosecutorial misconduct by U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, one of the signature allegations in the indictment -- that Stevens got a sweetheart car deal from an Alaskan oil tycoon -- will not be considered by the jury.
Too close to call, like the race itself. If Stevens is acquitted, he will likely win reelection, although that is not guaranteed. If convicted, he will lose.
KY-Sen: With the race apparently tied, the DSCC has a stinging new ad against Mitch McConnell:
NH-Sen: The New York Times thinks John Sununu is in deep trouble:
If there was a swing state in America where a ticket headed by Mr. McCain was supposed to have long coattails it was New Hampshire, where he defied the odds to win presidential primaries in 2000 and 2008. But with Mr. McCain skidding in the polls amid a rising tide of Democrats here, Mr. Sununu, who is battling to keep his job in one of this year’s most bitterly contested Senate races, is hardly hitching a ride to easy re-election.
Instead, Mr. Sununu finds himself in a jam, forced to engage in raw politicking to help prop up the Republican ticket and energize the party’s apathetic base. But even as he is scheduled to appear at a rally with Mr. McCain on Wednesday in Goffstown, he also desperately needs to appeal to independents and Democrats at a time when persuading supporters of Mr. Obama to split the ticket may be his only hope of winning his own race.
Mr. Sununu is in a grueling rematch against former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen in a state that is emblematic of a national climate in which Republicans are in danger of ceding Democrats a filibuster-proof Senate majority for the first time in 30 years.
ID-Sen: Man, Republican Jim Risch is a horrible person.
At a senior American government class at Capital High School on Oct. 15, he paced across the front of the classroom. He spoke rapidly and energetically, peppered the 17- and 18-year-olds with questions and didn't always wait for their answers. He sometimes complimented them, once saying, "We weren't nearly as sophisticated as you kids are," but most of the time he tried to connect with the kids by giving them a hard time.
"Could you explain to me the tax shift?" asked the first boy in the class to raise his hand during the question and answer session.
"Yoooou're a Democrat," Risch retorted.
"No he's not," a girl in the back piped up.
"Only Democrats use that phrase, 'tax shift,'" Risch replied. "By the way, don't be afraid to ask questions of me," he said to the other students in the class. "They're not stupid questions like this one over here."
Wow. Calling high school kids stupid is Risch's idea of good campaigning? What a dick.