Senate

Tim Scott outshines Lindsey Graham

Featured image Scott has already made note of Tim Scott’s big victory in South Carolina. That state held two Senate races last night. In the other, Sen. Lindsey Graham won a very comfortable victory. Scott outperformed Graham, though. He captured around 61 percent of the vote and had a victory margin of about 24 points. Graham received around 54.5 percent of the vote and his margin was in the neighborhood of 16 »

Harry, We Knew Ye Too Damn Well [Further Updated]

Featured image Harry Reid’s tenure as Senate Majority Leader hasn’t just been controversial, it has been disgraceful. Reid submerged the Senate in partisan politics of the most vicious sort, turning the Senate floor into a forum for outrageous attacks on private citizens and refusing to allow that body to vote on more than 300 bills that had passed the House of Representatives–all the while blaming “gridlock” on the Republicans. Reid denied Republican »

Republicans closing in on control of Senate [UPDATED: Ernst puts GOP over the top]

Featured image As I write this (shortly after 10:00 p.m. in the East), the GOP has picked up five Senate seats tonight. The pick-ups are in West Virginia, Arkansas, South Dakota, Colorado, and Montana. This puts the Republicans within one pick-up of taking control of the Senate. The GOP’s burden would increase, of course, if the Democrats were to gain a seat. And that could happen in Kansas, although incumbent Republican Pat »

What’s up in Virginia? [UPDATED -- Warner ahead]

Featured image Early in the campaign season, I had some hope that Republican Ed Gillespie would unseat incumbent Mark Warner. As the season went on, however, I saw no evidence that Gillespie had a serious shot. But now, with almost half the vote counted, Gillespie leads Warner 51.8 to 45.6. In absolute terms, he leads by almost 60,000 votes. Virginia returns can fluctuate pretty dramatically during the course of an evening. As »

McConnell reelected

Featured image Fox News has called the Kentucky Senate race. Mitch McConnell is the winner. Maybe now Alison Grimes will tell us how she voted in the last presidential race. By the end of evening, McConnell may be the new Senate majority leader. That would be one fine night for the old war horse. McConnell’s counterpart, Harry Reid, will be up for reelection in two years. He will have the benefit of »

Time for Payback

Featured image It is too early to count on a Republican Senate 15 hours from now, but haven’t you noticed all the articles in the last couple of weeks from liberals saying, “Oh, won’t it be terrible for Republicans if they have a Senate majority!  Just think of all the problems they’re going to have!”  These articles do offer their comic amusement. There is one from this genre worth noting: Jeffrey Rosen’s »

Special to Power Line: Jeff Sessions Writes, Tom Cotton Will Fight For You

Featured image Jeff Sessions, the conservative bellwether of the Senate, wrote this endorsement of Tom Cotton specially for Power Line. Needless to say, we heartily second Senator Sessions’ comments and urge all readers to support Tom’s campaign and vote for him if they can: JEFF SESSIONS: TOM COTTON WILL FIGHT FOR YOU On one of the most important issues facing voters – an issue that deeply affects our communities, our schools, our »

New poll shows Cotton 8 points ahead

Featured image A new poll, this one by Talk Business and Politics/Hendrix College, puts Tom Cotton’s lead over Mark Pryor at 48-41. The survey included more than 2,000 likely voters and was taken after the last week’s Cotton-Pryor debate (as I understand it, there will be no more debates between the two). The margin of error is plus or minus 2.2 percent. According to Dr. Jay Barth of Hendrix College, the survey »

The limits of reticence

Featured image The Age of Obama will not be known as an age of reticence. The president is, after all, a man of many words, including some that used to resonate widely. But there is one area in which Obama has ushered in a new reticence. Following Obama’s lead, Democratic politicians increasingly flatly refuse to tell to voters what their positions are on key matters. Obama started the trend by voting “present” »

Tillis finally pulls even in North Carolina

Featured image Late last year, when I began thinking seriously about the battle for the Senate, I assumed that North Carolina was ripe for a Republican victory. Romney had won the state, albeit very narrowly. Moreover first-term Democrat Kay Hagan lacked a strong family name and a long history of electoral success (unlike Mark Pryor in Arkansas and Mary Landrieu in Louisiana). With the “fundamentals” (to the extent that I retain any »

The question Alison Grimes won’t answer

Featured image It’s a straightforward question: Did you vote for President Obama in 2008 and 2012? But Alison Grimes, the Democratic candidate for the Senate in Kentucky, won’t answer it. You can watch below as Grimes repeatedly refuses to answer the question, posed to her today by a member of the Louisville Courier-Journal editorial board. My favorite evasion? “I respect the sanctity of the ballot box.” I think that means she voted »

Landrieu sacks her campaign manager

Featured image Less than a month before the November election, Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu has replaced her campaign manager, Adam Sullivan. Sullivan will stay on as an “advisor” to the campaign. The new campaign manager is Ryan Berni who ran the successful re-election campaign of Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the Senator’s brother. Berni is a protege of James Carville. Landrieu is also beefing up her campaign team by adding Norma Jane Sabiston, her »

Obama is wrong: Republican candidates are talking plenty about Obamacare

Featured image In a recent speech at Northwestern University, President Obama claimed that fewer Republicans are running against Obamacare because “while good, affordable health care might seem to be a fanged threat to freedom on Fox News, it turns out it’s working pretty well in the real world.” But are Republican candidates actually backing away from criticizing Obamacare? Not in the real world. Check out the websites of GOP candidates in key »

Focus shifts to heartland in battle for the Senate

Featured image For a while now, polls have shown three hugely important Senate races — Alaska, Arkansas, and Louisiana — moving in favor of the Republican candidate. Thus, Politico now asks whether these three races “are slipping from Dems.” In Alaska, the conservative base has rallied behind Republican Dan Sullivan after a contentious August primary, and Democratic Sen. Mark Begich was stung by backlash over an attack ad he later decided to »

Are Democrats Poised for a Senate Comeback?

Featured image Republicans are optimistic about the Senate these days, on account of recent polls that show their candidates pulling ahead, or pulling even, in a number of battleground states. Oddsmakers are now saying there is a strong probability the GOP will re-take the Senate in November. However, there is a catch: as usual, the Democrats’ fundraising this cycle has vastly outpaced the Republicans’. And the Democrats are focusing their resources where »

In Iowa Senate debate, Braley’s neighbor’s chickens come home to roost

Featured image Joni Ernst and Bruce Braley held their first debate last night. Immigration was front-and-center, which is probably not a bad thing for Ernst. Braley tried, however, to spin the issue into an advertisement for his “bipartisanship.” He invited Ernst to “join John McCain and Marco Rubio in calling on Speaker Boehner to bring this immigration bill to the floor of the House so we can pass it.” Ernst declined the »

Kay Hagan’s husband received stimulus cash

Featured image Kay Hagan has managed to maintain a lead in the North Carolina Senate race even as her fellow Obama-supporting Southerners Mark Pryor and Mary Landrieu have fallen slightly behind. The latest poll, by CNN/Opinion Research, has her leading Republican Thom Tillis 46-43. This is consistent with the Real Clear Politics average in which she leads by 3.5 points. Why is Hagan ahead in a state President Obama failed to carry »