So What Is In A Name When It Comes To The Mid-Term Elections?


The magic family names this year when it comes to the mid-term elections were thought to be Begich, Pryor and Landrieu.  But the polls are showing that perhaps that is not enough for victory.

With five weeks to go Mark Begich, Mark Pryor and Mary L. Landrieu are more vulnerable then when this campaign started.

Landrieu’s message is based largely on three points which are her clout as chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, her work to help the coast recover from destructive storms, and her ability to deliver federal funds for the state’s various needs.  All these things are mighty important but there is a trend in the polling that shows she may not meet the percentage required in the state to prevail.  Democrat’s may have to concede that Louisiana is harder and harder of a place for a victory.    After all, if someone like Landrieu can not make it there—then perhaps no one can.

While President Clinton is planning a series of stops in Arkansas over the coming week to assist Pryor there is much concern about the loss of these three seats, and with them the control of the U.S. Senate.

But when it comes to names and the mid-terms there is a candidate who has no family name to fall back on, and yet her numbers looks more favorable.  That person is North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan.  What is Hagan’s secret to having better numbers in the polls for her re-election?

Of course, she gets to run for a second term in more competitive territory than her red-state colleagues. But Hagan’s race appears to show that having an overwhelming financial advantage and destroying the credibility of your opponent are more important than being part of a well-known political family.

State Speaker Thom Tillis, the GOP nominee in the Tar Heel State, has consistently been upside down (his unfavorable ratings are higher than his favorable ratings) on his image, except for the recent CNN survey.

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