Thursday, May 13, 2010

New Print Edition: Nevada Senate & Indiana Senate

Subscribers already have the May 10, 2010 print edition of the Rothenberg Political Report, but here are excerpts from the introduction to the two stories in this issue:

Nevada Senate: Know When to Fold ’Em
By Nathan L. Gonzales

Democrats are in danger of losing their second Senate majority leader in a decade.

Republicans knocked off South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle (D) in 2004, but they did it with a popular former congressman who had previously been elected statewide. This year in Nevada, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) is stuck in the polls, but his Republican opponents are anything but top tier.

But that may not matter.

Subscribers get the full story including the Lay of the Land, candidate bios and a breakdown of the GOP primary and general election.

Indiana Senate: New Sheriff in Town?
By Nathan L. Gonzales

Democrats weren’t supposed to be worried about Indiana this year, since Sen. Evan Bayh (D) looked like a sure bet for reelection initially, even with a deteriorating national political environment.

But then Bayh shocked the political world by announcing his retirement, leaving Democrats scrambling to find a replacement and a difficult open seat to defend.

Last week, Republicans nominated former senator and former ambassador Dan Coats, while Democrats have coalesced behind Cong. Brad Ellsworth, a former sheriff with a record of winning in a conservative Congressional district.

Even though Ellsworth is probably the Democrats’ best candidate and party strategists are confident that Coats’s resume after leaving office will be too much for Hoosiers to stomach, it’s simply a terrible cycle for Democrats to run in, particularly in a Republican-leaning state like Indiana.

Subscribers get the full story including the Lay of the Land, candidate bios, their consulting teams and a breakdown of the general election.

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 updated 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.