A continued look at last week’s revelation in Politico of the districts in which the DCCC committed to $28 million worth of television buys for embattled incumbents:
Read Part 1 here
MS-1: Travis Childers: Rep. Travis Childers (R) won this seat in 2008 with 54 percent of the vote. Prior to his ascendency, this seat had been comfortably Republican; Sen. Roger Wicker (R) vacated the seat to run successfully for the Senate in 2006. Wicker received more than 60 percent of the vote, and
NC-8: Larry Kissell: A familiar story, Kissell (D) won this district’s seat in 2008. Prior to that, the district had belonged to former Rep. Robert ‘Robin’ Hayes (R) since 1999. Kissell is one of MoveOn.org’s prime targets this year for his opposition to healthcare reform legislation. Kissell was a “no” vote, but his independence from the Democratic leadership in
ND-AL: Earl Pomeroy: Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D), representing
NM-2: Harry Teague: C&E readers will remember a Campaign Insider Blog that took an in-depth look at the race between Rep. Harry Teague (D) and former Rep. Steve Pearce (R). They are running neck and neck in funds raised (just over a million dollars each) and in the polls (Teague leads Pearce by one point, well within the margins). Pearce is well-known and well-liked, although he ran unsuccessfully for the Senate in 2008. Teague’s local focus has done him a service and he is in a better position than most of his colleagues in this tough cycle for Democrats.
NV-3: Dina Titus: Representing Southern Nevada, Rep. Dina Titus (D) won this district in 2008 with only 47 percent of the vote. Former Rep. Jon Porter (R) had previously held the seat since 2003. Titus holds a commanding lead in funds, besting her opponent, Dr. Joe Heck (R), by almost a million dollars. Titus represents a truly purple district, alternating between Republican and Democrat in the last three presidential cycles. She is just conservative enough to win re-election in this cycle, and a July poll confirmed that she retained a slight (2 point) lead over Heck.
NY-23: Bill Owens: Political observers will remember the NY-23 race fondly. It was the single saving grace for Democrats on the otherwise tough night of Nov. 3rd, 2009 when Democrats were defeated in the gubernatorial races in
NY-24: Michael Arcuri:
OH-13: Betty Sutton: Rep. Sutton (D) is facing an uphill battle on the money side. Her opponent, wealthy local businessman Thomas Ganly (R), now has over $2 million more in funds than Sutton. C&E previously highlighted the inexplicable nature of this race’s competitiveness in a July 19th Campaign Insider Blog. This is a deep blue district that does not vote Republicans into national office. According to a NRCC poll, Ganley is leading Sutton with 44 to 41 percent of likely voters. This is a nasty time to be a Democrat from
OH-16: John Boccieri: Rep. John Boccieri (D) won this seat in 2008. He represents a right-of-center part of
OH-15: Mary Jo Kilroy: Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D) won this seat in 2008 with only 45 percent of the vote. Before Kilroy was elected in 2008, this district sent former Rep. Deborah Bryce (R) to
OH -1: Steve Driehaus: The only House Democrat from the western part of the state, Rep. Steve Driehaus (D) represents the recession-hit 1st district that includes most of
OH-18: Zack Space: Rep. Zack Space (D) has held this seat since 2006. He replaced Rep. Bob Ney (R), who held the office since 1995 and resigned after allegations that he made false statements in connection to the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. Space has been a responsible representative and he holds a more-than-million-dollar advantage over his opponent, state Sen. Robert “Bob” Gibbs (not to be confused with the current White House Press Secretary). Neither camp has released any poll data, but Space is in a much better monetary position than any of his fellow Ohio Democrat incumbents.
Coming In Part 3:
PA: Kathy Dahlkemper; PA: Chris Carney; PA: Mark Critz; PA: Paul Kanjorski; SC: John Spratt; SD-AL: Stephanie Herseth Sandlin; TX: Chet Edwards; TX: Ciro Rodriguez; VA: Gerry Connolly; VA: Glenn Nye; VA: Tom Perriello; WI: Steve Kagen.
Noah Rothman is the online editor at C&E. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org