Friday, April 30, 2010

Kyl, Ensign looking weakest

In 2008 Democrats took advantage of their emerging strength in the Mountain West to pick up Senate seats in Colorado and New Mexico. In 2012 they'll have a good chance to do it in a couple more- Arizona and Nevada.

Jon Kyl and John Ensign look the weakest in our polling of the Senate Republicans up for reelection in the next cycle. Kyl's approval rating on our Arizona poll this week was 35%, with 39% of voters disapproving of him. Ensign's numbers when we polled Nevada in January were even worse with 44% of voters giving him bad marks to only 38% approving of him. If that's where their numbers are in the middle of a year that's shaping up well for Republicans it's not a positive sign for where they'll be once things inevitably start heading back in the right direction for Democrats sometime over the next two and a half years.

Democrats are having a tough year in the Mountain West this time, with the loss of a Senate seat in Nevada likely and losses of a Senate seat in Colorado and Governor's offices in New Mexico and Colorado certainly possible. But the long term trends in the region are still very much in favor of the Democratic Party, and if things are a little more back to normal by the Presidential election Democrats will have a good chance of continuing to pick off its Senate seats.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

John Kyl will win re-election and Ensign either won't run or will be defeated in a primary. Period. It's that simple!

Anonymous said...

What are you polling next week tom???

Dave said...

John Ensign will be gone, possibly in prison.

wt said...

What is the Nevada GOP bench looking like? Maybe the loser of the Tarkanian-Lowden primary will run in 2012. Anyone else on the radar?

Anonymous said...

I am pretty sure Tester is vulnerable. What happens when Bingamin retires? Don't paint too bright of a picture for yourselves.

Rasmus said...

Nah, Tester isn't really vulnerable. He's popular, and the only guy who could challenge him is current US Rep Rehberg, but he's got a lot of dirt that Tester could throw at him.

And Schweitzer will pick up Rehberg's seat when he runs against Tester.

Christian Liberty said...

So many Democratic senators will be up for reelection and so many of them will be freshman (or open seats from retirements) that there will be limited opportunities to play offense. Democrats will need to focus on defense in the Senate in 2012 and 2014.

Plus, in 2012 the Census reapportionment will give the GOP the edge to expand on their majority in the House by another 10-20 seats.

DBL said...

Dean Heller will run. I'm sure he would've run this time if he knew Reid's numbers were going to take a dive.

 
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