We still have more to release from our Arizona, California, South Dakota, and South Carolina polls from this week but didn't have time to get to any of that today. We'll probably release some of it over the weekend.
We're polling Colorado and New Mexico this weekend. Next weekend we'll have our monthly national poll and we'll hit another state. For the national poll at this point we'd appreciate your suggestions on who to include as this month's 'bonus Republican' to be tested against Barack Obama along with the usual suspects of Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, and Newt Gingrich. We're open to pretty much anyone except for our rule that we won't do anyone more than once every six months- that rules out Michele Bachmann, Marco Rubio, Glenn Beck, and Chris Christie, all of whom we've included since August. We'll choose some finalists from your nominations and put it to a vote starting Monday.
And we're also going to go ahead and have the vote on the state we poll next weekend. Here are your finalists, all of which are potentially interesting 2012 Senate races that we haven't taken a look at yet:
-Connecticut. Obviously an open seat Senate situation with about a million different ways the field could shape up.
-Hawaii. When we polled the state in early October Linda Lingle only had a 46/45 approval rating so I am very skeptical that she would pose much of a threat to Daniel Akaka but it generates a lot of discussion and we'll poll it eventually.
-Rhode Island. Just like with Hawaii I'm not sold on the possibility of a Don Carcieri candidacy being much of a threat to Sheldon Whitehouse but at some point we're going to test it as we make our way through the 2012 Senate map.
-Tennessee. There really seems to be precious little hope for Democrats moving forward in this state but Bob Corker's first election victory margin was quite narrow so it's worth looking to see if he's remotely in any trouble to snag a second term...although I'd be surprised if he is and have no idea who we'd even test against him. Would definitely be taking suggestions on that front.
-Washington. I think of all the incumbent Democratic Senators we haven't polled on yet Maria Cantwell is probably the most potentially vulnerable. I doubt that she actually is vulnerable, but that's why you do the polls.
Voting's open until Monday afternoon. Don't vote 100 times for the same state or we'll throw it out of the mix. Have a good weekend and go Packers I suppose...