Political Roundup for January 23, 2013…Red Racing Horses

by: BostonPatriot
Senate

MN-Sen: Al Franken isn’t nearly as popular as Amy Klobuchar, but he looks OK for re-election, sitting at 50% against a host of Republicans. This looks like a third-tier target, but then again, this seat is famous for producing entertaining elections.

NJ-Sen: Sen. Frank Lautenberg continues to gently attack Cory Booker, but the octogenarian incumbent has yet to say whether he’ll run for another term. It’s sounding more like Lautenberg is softening up Booker for his preferred successor. (Frank Pallone?)

NM-Sen: Sen. Tom Udall (D) is being vetted for Interior Secretary, a welcome development for Republicans who would love to see Gov. Susana Martinez appoint a replacement. Would Obama really cost his party a Senate seat for a middling Cabinet gig, though? Unlikely.

WV-Sen: Shelley Moore Capito (R) is crushing all comers in a poll from newcomer Harper (R). She leads longtime Rep. Nick Rahall, previously seen as the likely Democratic nominee, 50-32 and lesser Dems by wider margins. That ought to raise questions about whether Rahall even runs, although he does lead the Democratic primary. Capito crushes in the GOP primary and has better overall favorables than Joe Manchin.

Hagel: A neocon group called Americans for a Strong Defense is running anti-Hagel ads in Louisiana, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, and North Carolina. If you read RRH, you already know what those states have in common (Colorado is the interesting one).

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