Friday, July 06, 2007

New Print Edition: Georgia 8 & Ohio 1

The July 3, 2007 print edition of the Rothenberg Political Report is on its way to subscribers. The print edition comes out every two weeks and the content is not available online. 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 sample of what's in this edition...

Georgia 8: Marshall’s Plan
By Nathan L. Gonzales

Plenty of Democrats had close races in 2006. But the bulk of them were challenging Republican incumbents and not trying to hang onto their own seats, as Cong. Jim Marshall (D) in Georgia’s 8th District was doing.

Bucking the nationwide trend, Republicans actually did fairly well in the Peach State last cycle and came within a few thousand votes of knocking off Marshall and his colleague John Barrow (D) in the 12th District. Now, Democrats call Marshall “battle-tested,” while Republicans label him as an opportunity. Marshall’s 2006 opponent, former Cong. Mac Collins, hasn’t completely ruled out a bid, but Republicans are excited about their newest recruit: retired Air Force Major Rick Goddard.

With Goddard, Republicans have a candidate who can go toe-to-toe with Marshall on military service in a district dominated by Warner Robins Air Logistics Center. But with two more years to establish himself as the incumbent in the newly drawn 8th District, Marshall will be a formidable incumbent. For the rest of the story, you must subscribe...

Ohio 1: Leave No District Behind

The 2006 results in Ohio were bittersweet for Democrats. Nationwide, they took over the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. In the Buckeye State, Democrats took over the governorship, knocked off a sitting Republican senator and made gains in the state Legislature. Yet Democrats picked up a measly one seat in the House, the seat formerly held by Cong. Bob Ney (R), out of five targeted opportunities.

But in 2008, Democrats are setting their sights on Ohio again, including Cong. Steve Chabot (R) and his Cincinnati-based 1st District. He won narrowly last cycle over Cincinnati City Councilman John Cranley (D) and will likely face state House Minority Whip Steve Driehaus (D) this time around. There won’t be as many races at the top of the ticket, but the presidential nominees are likely to spend plenty of time in the district throughout the year. For the rest of the story, you must subscribe...

This issue also includes the 2008 Primary Calendar for House and Senate races.