Wednesday, July 01, 2009

New Print Edition: Maryland 1 & Kansas Senate

The June 26, 2009 print edition of the Rothenberg Political Report is on its way to subscribers.

The print edition of the Report comes out every two weeks. Subscribers get in-depth analysis of the most competitive races in the country, as well as quarterly House and Senate ratings, and coverage of the gubernatorial races nationwide. To subscribe, simply click on the Google checkout button on the website or send a check.

Here is a brief preview of introduction to this edition:

Maryland 1: Shoring up the Base
By Nathan L. Gonzales

Abraham Lincoln was right: A house divided against itself cannot stand – at least not in Maryland’s 1st District.

Last cycle, Republicans suffered through a bitter primary that left incumbent Cong. Wayne Gilchrest in its wake. Gilchrest subsequently endorsed Queen Anne’s State’s Attorney Frank Kratovil (D) for the general election, helping Kratovil win in November over state Sen. Andy Harris (R).

Kratovil’s narrow victory and the fact that John McCain won the district by almost 20 points over Barack Obama virtually guarantee that the freshman congressman will be a target in 2010. Harris is running again, and has a new campaign team in tow, but Republicans may be facing another competitive primary.

While the Republicans get their ducks in a row, Kratovil is working to prove the independence he promised on the campaign trail. He’ll need to work hard and have a little help to keep enough Republicans on the Eastern Shore in his column if he wants to win a second term. Subscribers get the whole story in the print edition of the Report.

Kansas Senate: Degrees of Difference
By Nathan L. Gonzales

Who said President Obama doesn’t have the interests of Republicans at heart? When the president chose Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) to be his secretary of Health and Human Services, he took the Democrats’ best potential Senate candidate with him.

Sen. Sam Brownback (R) is abiding by his term limits pledge and exiting the Senate to run for governor —a race he is heavily favored to win.

Meanwhile Republican Congressmen Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt are battling for their party’s Senate nomination and essentially the seat now that Sebelius is out of the state and out of the picture.
Subscribers get the whole story in the print edition of the Report.