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One week after going off the television airwaves in Kentucky, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is now back up with ads in the race, a reversal that has led many — me included — to wonder what exactly is going on in the Bluegrass State.
Seeking answers to that question, I sought out a half-dozen (or so) strategists in both parties who are closely following the race. What they told me painted radically different views of the race and suggested that one side is going to be very right and the other very wrong in 12 days' time.
The North Carolina Senate race has earned a few distinctions:
- It's the lone Democratic-held red state (out of seven) in which Republicans have yet to take the lead.
- It could soon become the most expensive Senate race in history, even adjusting for inflation.
- Republican Thom Tillis has faced more money ($26 million) spent on negative ads against him than anyone else — at least from the money we can track
When New York City computerized its voter rolls over the past decade and a half, election workers had to assign some birth dates to those age-shy voters who had chosen to list their age as 21-plus -- in the years before voters had to list their birth dates. They decided Jan. 1, 1850 was a nice, round number.
On Wednesday Alaska Rep. Don Young (R) expanded on his controversial comments about suicide earlier this week. Speaking at a senior center (versus the high school audience that heard him suggest that families were to blame for suicides), Young said that "this suicide problem didn't exist until we got largesse from the government."
Facebook on Wednesday unveiled a new elections dashboard, allowing us to see just how many people on the nation's biggest social media network are 1) talking about a given candidate and 2) clicking on "like" when they reach a candidate's page.
As for that second measure, the GOP is lapping Democrats. Republican candidates in the 10 most competitive Senate races have a combined 1 million "likes" on their candidate pages, while Democrats have about 340,000.
Tonight around 8:15 pm, I am speaking to college students at American University about what they care about when it comes to the 2014 elections -- now in just 12 days time!
You can watch a live stream of the event here. In the meantime, share what issue(s) are on your mind as you get ready to vote on Twitter at #mymidtermfix. American University students have been sharing their own concerns leading up to the Forum via a whiteboard and social media campaign.
Every two years, the Cook Political Report does yeoman's work of evaluating each of the 435 House races to determine which is most in jeopardy of actually being interesting. And they do a good job of it, too: races deemed "toss-ups" by Cook provide a good picture of the evolution of the House since 2000.
Rich Cowan is a job creator for zombies.
He co-founded North-by-Northwest, a production company based in Spokane that works with the SyFy show "Z Nation," which films in Washington and hires hundreds of locals — mostly to dress up like the walking dead.
Cowan is also a Democrat running for a state Senate seat in Spokane, and his platform revolves around all those jobs his production company has brought to the area; the election will happen only weeks after "Z Nation" announced its plans to film a second season.
When I got on the phone with cowboy poet Baxter Black on Tuesday afternoon, he was in an exceptionally good mood. Down in Arizona, the sun was out and the cows were skipping. "Some of them," Black said, "were even smiling."
It was unclear whether he was as excited to learn that one of his poems had made an appearance at a Senate candidate's campaign event.
We've written plenty on this blog about Democrats' enthusiasm deficit in the 2014 election. This gap was, is and will almost definitely continue to be real through Nov. 4.
But while it's well understood that Obama's unpopularity is driving GOP enthusiasm, we haven't really studied the inverse -- i.e. just how little Obama's presidency is motivating Democrats to vote.