LA-Sen: A new poll from Rasmussen has Rep. Bill Cassidy(R) in a good position-leading Sen. Mary Landrieu(D) by 44%-40%. Rasmussen polls usually should be taken with a grain of salt, although recently they’ve actually been showing more favoritism to Democrats in their national polls, and this poll shows President Obama with a 50% approval in the state, which seems highly unlikely. It’s hard to believe however, that Landrieu’s support is any lower than the 40% indicated in this pol. Any way you look at it however, it’s a good result for Cassidy.
NJ-Sen: Conservative activist and professor Murray Sabrin is considering challenging Sen. Cory Booker(D). Sabrin has run for Senate before in 2000 and 2008, both times losing in the Republican primary. That kind of history makes Sabrin seem a likely sacrificial lamb against Booker, but as no prominent candidate has stepped forward to run in what would be a difficult race anyway, a sacrificial lamb is all that Republicans are likely to get.
NC-Sen: The crowded GOP race for Senate against Sen. Kay Hagan(D) has lost one of its candidates. Bill Flynn, a Winston-Salem radio talk show host, cited poor fundraising in his decision to drop out. Flynn also lost his campaign manager earlier this week, which no doubt played a role in his decision as well. Flynn has never garnered much attention in the race, and it’s not clear whether his exit from the race benefits any of the other candidate, specifically, although one less candidate makes the likelihood of somebody reaching the 40% necessary in the primary to avoid a runoff.
OK-Sen(Coburn): Former state Sen. Randy Brogdon(R), currently planning a primary challenge to Gov. Mary Fallin(R), is now considering running for the soon to be vacated seat of Sen. Tom Coburn(R). Brogdon may be looking to be the favorite of conservative groups against Rep. James Lankford(R) in the wake of the decision not to run of Rep. Jim Bridenstine(R), who the groups wanted to run. Without such support though, it’s hard to see Brogdon being a factor in a race that, as other major players have opted out appears set to be a two man race between Lankford and state House Speaker T.W. Shannon, who entered the race this week.
VA-Sen: Libertarian Robert Sarvis is planning to run for the seat of Sen. Mark Warner(D). Sarvis ran for governor last year and received a higher-than-usual amount of support for a Libertarian in the race, but he may find it harder to duplicate that amount of support in this race, as in the governor’s race he was a choice for many voters who were upset with both party nomines, whereas the Senate race features the popular Warner who is a fairly heavy favorite for re-election…..