How is the tea party doing in Senate races?
The GOP, fueled by the tea party movement, is all but certain to take control of the House. The Senate is another story, even though tea party-backed candidates are doing well in key races.
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CNN finds Mr. Miller and Senator Murkowski essentially tied among likely voters with Democrat Mr. McAdams lagging behind. But a new poll of 500 likely voters paid for by a labor union and released Thursday has Miller running third at 23 percent with 29 percent for McAdams and 34 percent for "write in candidate" – presumably Murkowski.Skip to next paragraph
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Murkowski got a boost this week when the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that voters can see a list of write-in candidates when they go to the poll. At least that’ll help people remember how to spell “Murkowski.”
"Murkowski has run a smart campaign and dedicated a lot of resources to educating voters about how to vote for her," a senior GOP strategist told Washington Post political blogger Chris Cillizza. "Next to a hapless McAdams and disastrous Joe Miller, she has a decent shot to make history.”
Rand Paul in Kentucky
The TIME/CNN/Opinion Research poll has Rand Paul ahead of Democrat Jack Conway, the state's attorney general, by a comfortable 7 percentage points (50 to 43) – including a whopping 63 to 26 among independent voters.
But Paul’s message got “stomped on” this week when a couple of his male supporters wrestled to the ground a female activist from the liberal group MoveOn.org. A photo of one the pro-Paul guys pressing his foot to her head ricocheted around the media.
Kentucky seems to be tea party country. Seventy-two percent of those polled say they are either "dissatisfied" or "angry" about the way the federal government is working. Still, questions remain about Paul, whose father – US Rep. Ron Paul (R) of Texas – is described in a long Atlantic magazine profile as “the tea party’s brain.”
In the Rasmussen survey, 42 percent said they are "concerned" that Paul is "too extreme," and just 43 percent said he "shared their values."
Christine O’Donnell in Delaware
The Senate candidate, who bested the GOP establishment’s US Rep. Mike Castle in a rancorous primary, is far behind Democrat Chris Coons – 21 percentage points (57 to 36) in a survey by her alma mater, Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Christine O’Donnell is best known for her unusual background and pronouncements that sounded just plain weird. Her “I am not a witch” TV spot will be studied by political science undergrads for years.