Following his failed Presidential campaign in 2008, John McCain was forced immediately into a tough Senate race in 2010, facing a GOP primary challenge from the right. In the end, he won the general by a whopping 59-35 margin. But his untimely death on July 4th weekend in 2014 led the AZ GOP scrambling for his replacement to run in the upcoming special election. Though the state grieved over beloved fmr. Sen. John McCain’s death, the race was by no means considered an automatic pick-up for the Republicans, despite some of the big names running on their side. Democrats were also successsful attracting big-name attention to their race, most notably recently recovered fmr.Congress-woman Gabrielle Giffords (famous for having been shot by a deranged man during a campaign event in January 2011). But w/ GOP superstar Sarah Palin having recently become an Arizona resident, and with Gov. Jan Brewer term-limited from running for another term as Governor, which AZ GOP female heavyweight will emerge to challenge former Senate candidate and moderate Jeff Flake in the GOP primary?
With John McCain deciding to run for the U.S Senate again, after losing his Presidential bid against Barack Obama, the Republicans are poised to keep this seat. But with the recent surgence of the Tea Party, will J.D Hayworth score a victory and put this once certain pickup for the GOP into the tossup category?
With the announced retirement of long-term Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, suffering from dropping showings in the polls due to a failed presidential bid, a move of residence to Iowa, and two scandals, the stage is open for a primary for both major parties with new faces. Who will become the new Class III Senator of the Constitution State?
With the retirement after one term of Republican Florida Senator Mel Martinez, and former Republican Governor Jeb Bush, who may have been allowed to run in the GOP primaries unopposed, decision not to run, sitting Governor Charlie Crist, who received the RNSC endorsement, and State House Speaker Marco Rubio, seemed the two most likely GOP candidates till, suffering low polls, Crist withdrew from the primary and is now running as an Independent. Also, a heated Democratic primary rages. Who will emerge victorious as Senator?
Patty Murray faces a tough reelection bid for her fourth term in Washington’s Class III Senate seat, given a rising tide of Republican rhetoric and unpopular policies by President Obama. She is not only opposed within her own party, but by a gallery of Republicans. Who will win the Senate seat, a possible decider of the upper house’s majority in 2010.
“With the two-term Senator Ben Nelson’s popularity at an all time low, Republicans seek to capitalize on the gains made in 2010. Can Democrats defend Florida for their own or is Republican influence growing in the state?”