Starting Lineup: Senate In Play?
Good Friday morning. Four days to go! Here's what is on the radar today: Dems show their concerns about keeping the Senate, Sharron Angle (R-Nev.) up four in a new poll, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) clears his conscience, Pres. Obama props up Tom Perriello (D-Va.), the Cook Political Report puts more House Democrats on alert and Rep. Walt Minnick's (D-Idaho) meth ad. Seriously.
A Senate Scare For Dems? There are some fresh signs that Democrats aren't completely convinced they've got the Senate majority locked up. First, there are the reports that Pres. Bill Clinton attempted to persuade Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) to withdraw from the Florida Senate race and that Meek came close to agreeing -- twice. The story, first reported by Politico, was confirmed by Crist, who has now said on multiple TV shows that he had talks with Clinton. On top of that, the White House had knowledge of the talks. (Meek has questioned parts of the story and is currently doing his own media blitz in response.)
This comes as the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has begun emailing reporters about the Alaska Senate race -- a contest that, thus far, hasn't been at the top of their target list. The Democratic messaging there last night focused on Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R), not attorney Joe Miller (R), who is lagging in third place in a new poll. And now, the DSCC is going up with ads in Alaska for the first time on behalf of Democrat Scott McAdams, NBC's Chuck Todd reports.
With the bizarre three-way contest, McAdams has a real shot at winning, and could be the candidate that ends any hopes of a Republican Senate majority, especially if there's a huge Republican wave on Election Night.
There are some fresh signs that GOP has momentum in key races in the closing days: Already two new polls (SurveyUSA and Rasmussen -- both IVR surveys) show Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) in a neck-and-neck race with Republican Dino Rossi. Additionally, there are new reports that early voting in Pennsylvania -- home to one of the most competitive Senate races -- is breaking Republican.
Looking at the Senate contests race by race, a lot has to break their way in order for the GOP to win the 10 seats needed for a majority. But these late moves by Democrats indicate that, at the very least, there has been real concern about that happening. http://politi.co/bmwI0X, http://bit.ly/byCxU8
Angle Up Four: Republican Sharron Angle leads Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) by four points for the second time this week, and she is creeping very close to 50 percent. Angle leads 49 percent to 45 percent in a new Mason-Dixon Polling & Research survey conducted for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. That is the same margin Angle had in a Time/CNN poll earlier this week. http://bit.ly/aaaqG7
Schumer's Conscience: Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), a likely contender to be Senate Majority Leader if Reid loses next week, gave $250,000 to the Nevada Democratic Party to boost Reid's chances. This is the second time Schumer has given that amount to the Nevada Democrats.
Star Studded Nevada: And, speaking of Nevada, plenty of big names are heading to Las Vegas for the Senate race on Friday. Angle hosts actor Jon Voight and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Reid, meanwhile, will get a boost from boxing champ Manny "Pacman The Destroyer" Pacquiao. (Don't forget that Reid used to be a boxer, and that Pacquiao is a member of the Philippines' legislature.