Thursday, May 08, 2008

On the Congressional races

Ollie at Bluestem posts Roll Call stories on key races in the Midwest, focusing on Minnesota.

CD 3: Toss-up

CD1: Likely DFL

CD 6: Likely GOP

On the heels of Ollie posting this, it seems the race in the 1st just got a lot tougher for Brian Davis and Dick Day. It was already going to be tough enough to unseat Walz, without some significant help from the NRCC, it will be exponentially more difficult for them.
And in a closed-door session at the Capitol, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole (R-Okla.) told members that the NRCC doesn’t have enough cash to “save them” in November if they don’t raise enough money or run strong campaigns themselves.

Bachmann, holding a 10-1 COH advantage on Tinklenberg as of the latest FEC reports, would have to be at the top of the NRCC list, if they were able to gain enough cash.

Regardless, this is not good news for Minnesota Republicans. Recall the 06 election cycle. While the party put a lot of money into Bachmann's race, many local House races suffered as a result. With the NRCC short of funds, it will stretch an already troubled Minnesota Republican Party's finances.
A left-leaning blogger tried to ask Carey about the party’s FEC reports at a news conference the GOP called last week to highlight Franken’s problems. Carey dismissed him, saying the press briefing “is something for our credentialed media here.”

Carey did not respond this week to Star Tribune requests for an interview about the FEC filings.

The "left-leaning blogger" was Two Putt Tommy!

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