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Poll: Which State's Senate Campaign Needs More Attention?

 

Poll: Which State's Senate Campaign Needs More Attention?

Democratic Political Insiders say the focus should be on Michelle Nunn's Georgia race.

By Michael Catalini, and Peter Bell

Q: Heading into the general election, which state's Senate campaign should be getting more attention?

DEMOCRATS (85 VOTES)

Michelle Nunn (UPI/Pat Benic)Georgia: 40%
Iowa: 22%
Michigan: 13%
Minnesota: 5%
Mississippi: 4%
Montana: 2%
South Dakota: 7%
West Virginia: 4%
Other: 3%

Georgia

"Have Georgia's demographics changed enough in an off-year election to provide a victory for Michelle Nunn?"

"After GOP runoff, Georgia needs much more media attention. Could be a very dynamic race in a transitional state."

"Despite the headwinds, Michelle Nunn has a real shot, and if she's elected, she will catapult to the head of the class. Moderate, Southern, female? She's a winner."

Iowa

"Will [Joni] Ernst popularize [Sarah] Palin's brash, ballsy style and win? Could be the beginning of a new phase of  tea-party influence if it produces a winning strategy."

"If Dems lose Iowa, they could be in real trouble."

Michigan

"This is Carl Levin's seat, for cripe's sake!"

Minnesota

"The belief that [Al] Franken is solid is not to be believed."

Other

"New Hampshire is very competitive with Scott Brown in the race. Every state is entitled to two senators, but candidate Scott Brown thinks he is entitled to two states."

 

Q: Heading into the general election, which state's Senate campaign should be getting more attention?

REPUBLICANS (90 VOTES)

Georgia: 9%
Iowa: 33%
Michigan: 22%
Minnesota: 10%
Mississippi: 1%
Montana: 5%
South Dakota: 2%
West Virginia: 3%
Other: 15%

Iowa 

"[Bruce] Braley is not nearly as strong as the Washington chattering class would want to be true. He still is the favorite, but he is far from definite."

"A flip here would all but secure the GOP majority, but this [is] likely to seesaw through to November."

Georgia

"Michelle Nunn's name and contacts will make this a closer race than many think."

Michigan

"That's the one most in play for a change in the most unlikely of places."

"Most Democrats could beat [Terri Lynn] Land, but then there's [Gary] Peters."

Montana

"Underperformance by Democratic candidate makes Montana a prime GOP pickup opportunity."

Other

"Oregon. The potential to be a very exciting race."

"Colorado. Cory [Gardner] is looking like the incumbent."

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Democratic Political Insiders Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Debbie Dingell, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Steve McMahon, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O'Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jefrey Pollock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Reiley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O'Neill, Connie Partoyan, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud. 

This article appears in the July 19, 2014 edition of National Journal Magazine as Political Insiders Poll.

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