Three-way races are dynamic and hard to predict. This is true in Senate races in Alaska and Florida, though with different results for tea party candidates Joe Miller and Marco Rubio.
Election 2010 has no shortage of nail-biters. According to The Cook Political Report, eight Senate races and – amazingly – 17 gubernatorial races remain toss-ups. While this list leaves off a few of those (the Senate races in Washington, Alaska, and Kentucky, for instance), here’s what’s going on in 10 of the closest statewide elections:
Tea Party Express launches its last tour of the 2010 campaign in (guess where) Sen. Harry Reid's home state of Nevada with an event headlined by (guess who) Sarah Palin.
Here’s something both Democrats and the GOP establishment in Washington are going to have to come to terms with: Tea party candidates will win some elections this fall. The only question is, how many? There is already a tea party caucus in Congress, but how much bigger of a room is it going to need to hold its meetings?
Joe Miller, the 'tea party'-backed Republican candidate for Senate in Alaska, is trying to turn traditional Alaska politics on its head. It might not work.
Polls suggest Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is 20 points behind Chris Coons in Delaware. If she's going to turn things around, she needs to start at Wednesday's debate.
Sure, the tea party is energizing the Republican base. But it's also causing a significant number of missed opportunities, a rejuvenated Democratic base, and a fractured and uncontrolled Republican caucus.
If anything, cancellation of the National Tea Party Unity Convention may indicate the strength and vastness of the movement. Like Democrats and Republicans, 'tea partyers' are numerous enough to justify infighting.
Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is interviewed at an election night party on Sept. 14. Former vice presidential candidate and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks at a 'tea party' rally in Boston in April.