Sunday, January 11, 2009

New Print Edition: 2010 Senate Overview

The January 9, 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 this edition:

Senate Overview – The Lay of the Land

While Democrats are likely to have a 59-41 Senate majority in this Congress (once the Minnesota race is finalized and Al Franken is seated), the party has more opportunities this cycle, giving Democrats a good shot at reaching or exceeding 60 seats in the 2010 elections. Of course, much depends on how successful the Obama Administration is in turning around the country and “bringing Americans together.”

A huge number of seats are up this cycle, 36, because of three special elections (Colorado, New York and Delaware). Republicans are defending 19, while Democrats are defending 17 – a far more equal distribution of risk than during last cycle.

Even a quick look at the states and incumbents, however, suggests better Democratic opportunities, even without considering the Democrats’ greater national fundraising potential and the damage to the Republican brand from the past four years.

Subscribers get the rest of the overview, a state-by-state look at each 2010 race, and current polling.