Political Roundup for November 26, 2012…Red Racing Horses

by: BostonPatriot
Senate

MI-Sen: Democrats are expecting Carl Levin to run again. This is a seat that will only be competitive if it’s open.

SC-Sen: Sen. Lindsey Graham is the second Republican to say he’ll consider violating the no-tax pledge he signed. It will be interested to see how Graham’s remarks on Meet the Press will be received, both in the Senate GOP and in South Carolina, this week.

WV-Sen, WV-02: Shelley Moore Capito is the first big recruit for the Moran NRSC, and Jay Rockefeller refused to say whether he’ll run again after the Capito story broke. Regarding WV-02, no names have dropped yet. House Minority Leader Tim Armstead, St. Sen. Clark Barnes, and Charleston Mayor Danny Jones are possibilities for the GOP, as is ex-Sen. Carte Goodwin for Dems.

House

CT-05: Buried in an article on the sad state of the GOP in New England is a quote from Andrew Roraback, who is interested in running again.

IL-02: There’s a long list of potential candidates, but three have publicly said they’re interested: St. Sen. Toi Hutchinson, former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger, and Blago attorney Sam Adam. Hutchinson represents the suburban district once held by Debbie Halvorson, who is also interested. (Hutchinson is black, however, which makes her a more plausible candidate.) Stroger left office unpopular, finishing last in the primary when he sought re-election.

TN-04: Rep. Scott DesJarlais admitted this weekend to the abortions and affairs of which he’s been accused this fall, and called them “poor decisions.” He reiterated that he won’t resign and will serve “for as long as the people want.”

UT-02: Chris Stewart was already one of the stranger members of the freshman class, and now he’s writing the memoirs of famed kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart.

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