The Scan — January 28, 2014

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Jan. 27, 2014, 3:56 p.m.

What do NJ GOV can­did­ate Christie (R) and Dem Sens. Re­id and Specter have in com­mon? All three have weighty prob­lems dangling over them. How they re­spond will de­term­ine wheth­er their fate.

— Christie: We all know Dag­gett is split­ting the anti-Corz­ine vote. And, the latest Q poll shows that just 39% of Dag­gett back­ers are com­mit­ted to vote for him. So, it’s no sur­prise that that the RGA is fi­nally go­ing after Dag­gett in paid me­dia. Their new­est ad calls Dag­gett “like Corz­ine. Only Worse.” The less ap­peal­ing Dag­gett looks as an al­tern­at­ive to Corz­ine, the bet­ter for Christie.

— The health care hot potato is now in Re­id’s hands. But he has to think about more than just get­ting to 60. He’s also got to fig­ure out how to do so w/out it tak­ing a toll on his already shaky stand­ing in NV. How well Re­id bal­ances his job as Maj. Lead­er in a state where the latest polls show Obama and health-care re­form strug­gling is the key to his ‘10 chances.

— Specter: A new PA SEN poll shows that the more PA voters get used to their new Dem Sen­at­or, the less they like him. This leaves Specter little choice but to try to make Ses­tak look even less ap­peal­ing. The only ques­tion is when he fires the first shot. Of course, the longer Dems wage a neg­at­ive primary, the bet­ter it helps to po­s­i­tion Toomey for next fall.

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