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Why late shifts in the polls probably won’t help Democrats in Senate races

Why late shifts in the polls probably won’t help Democrats in Senate races | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Between now and Election Day, the polls tend to move toward the fundamentals.
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As Dems sweat Iowa, Sen. Tom Harkin sits on millions

As Dems sweat Iowa, Sen. Tom Harkin sits on millions | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Senate Democrats are pleading with donors to give to Rep. Bruce Braley’s campaign as they struggle to pull off a victory in Iowa and save their endangered majority. But there’s one key player holding onto his campaign cash: Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin. Despite direct appeals from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and other top Democrats,...
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The Democrats' Most Effective Midterm Message: Outsourcing

The Democrats' Most Effective Midterm Message: Outsourcing | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Taking a page from President Obama's 2012 playbook against Mitt Romney, Democrats have found a winning message in a dismal political environment.
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The Insiders: What could save the Democrats in November?

The Insiders: What could save the Democrats in November? | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
All the signs point to a bad election for the Democrats in November. But Republicans need to be sure-footed and lucky in these final weeks.
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Senate Democrats Edge Out Republicans in September Fundraising

Senate Democrats Edge Out Republicans in September Fundraising | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Senate Democrats' main campaign arm edged past its Republican counterpart in September, pulling in $16 million—about $500,000 more than Republicans' haul.
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Midterm election 2014: Why voters don't care

Midterm election 2014: Why voters don't care | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Julian Zelizer says the issues are huge, but Democrats and Republicans are wrestling with problems that alienate voters
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Michael Barone: Democrats' plight in Senate races is revealed as real

Michael Barone: Democrats' plight in Senate races is revealed as real | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

At the Washington Post’s The Fix blog, Chris Cillizza has a good post with three charts showing how Democrats are in trouble in the 2014 Senate contests. ( see the charts here: http://sco.lt/7TOY0P ) The charts go back to the 2006 cycle when Republican Senate candidates, in Cillizza’s view and mine, faced a similar problem: an unpopular president from their own party.
The first chart shows how Republicans in seriously contested races failed to win percentages much above George W. Bush’s job approval in their states, with the single exceptio

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National Journal: Bracing for a Political Wave

National Journal: Bracing for a Political Wave | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Voters are registering record levels of anger at their elected officials. Why that's not good for Senate Democrats—or any politician on the ballot—in November.
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In Arkansas, Bill Clinton tries to save Democrats from Barack Obama

In Arkansas, Bill Clinton tries to save Democrats from Barack Obama | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
CONWAY, Ark. — In what is likely to become a theme of the last weeks of campaigning before the midterm elections, former President Bill Clinton all but begged voters here in Arkansas not to use their vote as an expression of disapproval for Barack Obama.
The president is playing an outsized role in the race between Arkansas Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican challenger Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. Obama is seriously unpopular here; a recent survey by the Democratic polling firm Public Policy P
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New Poll Suggests Democrats May Hold Senate

New Poll Suggests Democrats May Hold Senate | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

Taegan Goddard's Political Wire -- News, polls and buzz: If this poll for a key women's group is right, Democrats may hold the Senate after all.

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Facing "difficult" election, Democrats start to point fingers

Facing "difficult" election, Democrats start to point fingers | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
With control of the Senate in jeopardy, some Democrats are eyeing potential scapegoats.
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NY Times Analysis of Polls: Republicans Maintain Edge in Senate Races But May End Up 50-50 So VP Biden Would Break Ties.

NY Times Analysis of Polls: Republicans Maintain Edge in Senate Races But May End Up 50-50 So VP Biden Would Break Ties. | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

The latest YouGov panel suggests Democrats are hanging tough in Colorado and Iowa and doing a better job of mobilizing voters.

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Why 2014 isn’t the year of the woman

Why 2014 isn’t the year of the woman | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The number of female nominees for Congress is actually down from 2012.
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Ebola News: Are Democrats suggesting that Republicans are to blame for some Ebola fumbles?

Ebola News: Are Democrats suggesting that Republicans are to blame for some Ebola fumbles? | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Democrats pushed back at criticism of the administration's handling of the Ebola crisis, blaming budget battles on Capitol Hill for the fumbled response.
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Are House Democrats in big trouble? Just listen to their campaign chief. He thinks they are.

Are House Democrats in big trouble? Just listen to their campaign chief. He thinks they are. | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
House Democrats say they prepared for the worst. It could be about to arrive.
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Reporters have a new focus: Wendy Davis, Alison Grimes mess with the media — and pay the price

Reporters have a new focus: Wendy Davis, Alison Grimes mess with the media — and pay the price | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
The press has these Democratic candidates on the defensive, and they in turn are doubling down on big blunders.
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Democratic hopes begin to fade

Democratic hopes begin to fade | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

The midterm elections have been maddeningly unpredictable, but now, with three weeks to go, Democrats may be preparing for an electoral apocalypse.

 

Consider the signs....

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11 questions that will decide the Senate

11 questions that will decide the Senate | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Three weeks out from Election Day, control of the Senate remains as uncertain and unsettled as it’s been all year — with Republicans gaining in states like Alaska and Colorado but suddenly scrambling to hang on in conservative strongholds Kansas and South Dakota. The GOP needs to pick up six seats, and the party is on defense in Kansas,...
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Three scary charts for Democrats’ hopes of keeping the Senate majority

Three scary charts for Democrats’ hopes of keeping the Senate majority | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
I wrote recently that Republicans are increasingly viewing the battle for the Senate this fall as a repeat of what happened in 2006 -- except in reverse.
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In This Election, Obama’s Party Benches Him

In This Election, Obama’s Party Benches Him | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Democratic candidates — even those in states like Virginia that the president carried in 2008 and 2012 — do not want Mr. Obama to campaign for them.
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Are single women the key to Democratic victories? Democratic Poll shows hope for Senate Dems

Are single women the key to Democratic victories? Democratic Poll shows hope for Senate Dems | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Democrats in key battleground states may have an edge with unmarried women that could help them retain control of the Senate, a Democratic poll suggests.
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The 'Gang of Five' Returns

The 'Gang of Five' Returns | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
One of the most interesting aspects of the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial race between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli was an ad sponsored by the Conservative War Chest tagging McAuliffe as part of the “Gang of Five.” According to the ad, this group -- Democratic party leaders, the media, Soros-backed groups, Wall Street liberals, and Hollywood -- pushe
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Democrats Lean Heavily on PACs in Coordinated Push to Counter GOP

Democrats Lean Heavily on PACs in Coordinated Push to Counter GOP | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it
Democrats are more reliant than they have ever been on the very kind of big-money groups they have spent years trying to outlaw.
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Video: 28 words that Democrats really wish President Obama didn’t say yesterday

Video: 28 words that Democrats really wish President Obama didn’t say yesterday | The Political Side of Things | Scoop.it

"I am not on the ballot this fall.  Michelle’s pretty happy about that.  But make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot.  Every single one of them." 

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