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BLOG ARCHIVE: JULY 16-31, 2008.

THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE.

KAINE BUZZ COULD BE RUSE; ROMNEY SAYS "NOT ME" FOR VP; SEVEN NEW POLLS.

VEEPSTAKES. The more Virginia Governor Tim Kaine (D) and his camp openly talk about Kaine being the "frontrunner" and "short listed" for Barack Obama's runningmate spot, the more this is starting to seem unlikely. Either it is an intentional ruse in collusion with Obama to throw off the media from his real plans or -- if sincere -- it is such heavy-handed pushing that Obama is likely to turned off by the amateur effort. Our guess: it's all intentional disinformation. Meanwhile, on the GOP side, Mitt Romney said Wednesday that "I don't plan on being part of the [John McCain] ticket."

P2008 - DAILY POLLING UPDATE. Here is our daily update of the latest independent polls from swing states (and states that appear to be evolving into swing states):
MISSISSIPPI (Rasmussen): McCain - 52%, Obama - 41%.
NEBRASKA (Rasmussen): McCain - 50%, Obama - 32%.
PENNSYLVANIA (Strategic Vision-R): Obama - 49%, McCain - 40%.
WASHINGTON (Strategic Vision-R): Obama - 48%, McCain - 37%.

US SENATE. Here are the latest independent polls for US Senate races.
MISSISSIPPI (Rasmussen): US Senator Roger Wicker (R) - 48%, former Governor Ronnie Musgrove (D) - 42%.
NEBRASKA (Rasmussen): Former Governor Mike Johanns (R) - 56%, rancher Scott Kleeb (D) - 31%.

GOVERNOR. The new independent polls for the gubernatorial contests.
WASHINGTON (Strategic Vision-R): Governor Christine Gregoire (D) - 47%, former State Senator Dino Rossi (R) - 45%.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 07.31.08 | Permalink |

WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

SENATOR STEVENS INDICTED; OKLAHOMA PRIMARY; NC SENATE POLL.

ALASKA. US Senator Ted Stevens (R) was indicted Tuesday on seven felony corruption charges, related to his allegedly making false statements which hid his acceptance of over $250,000 in unreported gifts from a federal contractor in exchange for steering tax dollars to the contractor. The US Attorney's office explained they did not file bribery charges because they did not have sufficient evidence of a direct quid pro quo. Instead, prosecutors will argue the contractor kept giving Stevens gifts -- like free renovation construction work on his vacation home -- in exchange to Stevens generally helping the business land more federal work. Stevens quickly issued a statement proclaiming his innocence, making it clear he intends to remain in his race for re-election. Recent polls show Stevens trailing Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) by several points. Based upon the indictment, we now are moving this contest into the "Leans DEM" category.

OKLAHOMA. Tuesday was primary day in the Sooner State. US Senator Jim Inhofe (R) and challenger State Senator Andrew Rice (D) cruised to easy primary victories. Rice is running an aggressive race, but Inhofe remains favored. Congressmen John Sullivan (R) and Dan Boren (D) also strolled to landslide renomination victories. Also, Oklahoma County Commissioner Brent Rinehart (R) -- who made national headlines earlier this month for his campaign's crudely drawn anti-gay comic book mailing in which angels supported Rinehart and the devil conspired with his various political opponents and "homosexual activists" -- finished a distant last place in his three-way GOP primary.

US SENATE. Here are the latest independent polls for US Senate races.
NORTH CAROLINA (PPP-D): US Senator Elizabeth Dole (R) - 49%, State Senator Kay Hagen (D) - 40%.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 07.30.08 | Permalink |

TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

KAINE'S STAR RISING IN VEEPSTAKES; PLUS MS, NJ POLLS.

VEEPSTAKES. The Politco reports the Obama VP team is in the short-listing stage of the seleciton process. Confirming the story is an NBC report that Obama and his VP team, plus other top campaign insiders, were huddling together for extensive meetings Monday afternooon in a DC law office. According to Politico, the current short-list of those getting includes the extensive vetting include Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, US Senator Joe Biden, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius and former US Senator Sam Nunn. Other sources indicate US Senator Evan Bayh is also on the short-list, as may be one or two others. Kaine is reported to be the current frontrunner, for his potential appeal to four groups: "Virginians, Catholics, working-class white voters and Hispanics" (Kaine is a proficient Spanish speaker). In other P2008 news, former Bush Administration Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill joined financier Warren Buffet, former Fed Chair Paul Volcker, Google Chair/CEO Eric Schmidt, AFL-CIO President John Sweeney and other featured "economic leaders" who appeared in support of Obama at a DC event earlier in the day. On the other side, nothing new on the McCain veep front.

P2008 - DAILY POLLING UPDATE. Here is our daily update of the latest independent polls from swing states (plus states that appear to be evolving into swing states ... and even some that appear remotely competitive):
MISSISSIPPI (Research 2000): McCain - 51%, Obama - 42%.

US SENATE. Here are the latest independent polls for US Senate races.
MISSISSIPPI (Research 2000): US Senator Roger Wicker (R) - 45%, former Governor Ronnie Musgrove (D) - 44%.
NEW JERSEY (Monmouth Univ.): US Senator Frank Lautenberg (D) - 45%, former Congressman Dick Zimmer (R) - 37%.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 07.29.08 | Permalink |

MONDAY NEWS UPDATE.

VEEPSTAKES UPDATE; AND ONE NEW STATE POLL.

VEEPSTAKES. John McCain's campaign continues to play the "will he/won't he" game for naming a runningmate. For a full week now -- and continuing even into the weekend -- they keep leaking rumors a VP announcement is imminent. Latest rumor: McCain will tell his inner circle of his choice in private on Sunday, with a Monday announcment. (Editor's Note: Yet another "crying wolf" in a series of intentional false leaks from the McCain camp to keep the "excitement" up.) Of course, McCain faked Jindal, Pawlenty and Portman VP announchements on various days last week. Also some VP news in the other camp. Speaking on Meet the Press, Barack Obama also discussed his ideal runningmate. Without giving any hints, Obama said his VP choice will be someone with "integrity" and "independence," with "a knowledge base or an area of expertise" useful for governing. "Im not interested in a Vice President who I just send off to go to funerals. I want somebody whos going to be able to roll up their sleeves and really do some work, said Obama. Related note: Clinton loyalist and former DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe weighed in with a strong endorsement of Virginia Governor Tim Kaine as his suggestion for the VP slot. The Falls Church News-Press reports McAuliffe was "adamant in his recommendation" that Kaine should be the pick -- but added he "supports whatever choice Senator Obama makes."

P2008 - DAILY POLLING UPDATE. Here is our daily update of the latest independent polls from swing states (plus states that appear to be evolving into swing states ... and even some that appear remotely competitive):
CALIFORNIA (Rasmussen): Obama - 50%, McCain - 38%.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 07.28.08 | Permalink |

WEEKEND NEWS UPDATE.

"SARKO L'OBAMA-CAIN"; SIX PREZ POLLS; FIVE SENATE POLLS, AND A PLUG.

P2008 - QUOTE OF THE DAY. "Obviously one is interested in a candidate looking towards the future rather than the past ... Good luck to Barack Obama. If he is chosen, then France will be delighted. If it is someone else, France will [still] be the friend of the United States of America," said French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The two men met privately on Friday, before a joint press conference. When asked later by French reporters if his comments were intended as an endorsement of Obama, Sarkozy smiled and said he "would not deny it." After his four-hour Paris stop, Obama headed to London for the final leg of his global trip.

P2008 - DAILY POLLING UPDATE. Here is our daily update of the latest independent polls from swing states (and states that appear to be evolving into swing states):
MISSISSIPPI (Research 2000): McCain - 51%, Obama - 42%.
NEW HAMPSHIRE (Rasmussen): Obama - 47%, McCain - 41%.
NEW MEXICO (Rasmussen): Obama - 42%, McCain - 38%.
NORTH DAKOTA (Research 2000): McCain - 46%, Obama - 41%.
PENNSYLVANIA (Rasmussen): Obama - 47%, McCain - 42%.
SOUTH CAROLINA (Research 2000): McCain - 53%, Obama - 40%.

US SENATE. Here are the latest independent polls for US Senate races.
COLORADO (Quinnipiac Univ.): Congressman Mark Udall (D) - 44%, former Congressman Bob Schaffer (R) - 44%.
MAINE (Portland Press Herald/Critical Insights): US Senator Susan Collins (R) - 51%, Congressman Tom Allen (D) - 37%.
MINNESOTA (Quinnipiac Univ.): US Senator Norm Coleman (R) - 52%, humorist Al Franken (D) - 38%.
NEW HAMPSHIRE (Rasmussen): Former Governor Jeanne Shaheen (D) - 50%, US Senator John Sununu (R) - 45%.
NEW MEXICO (Rasmussen): Congressman Tom Udall (D) - 59%, Congressman Steve Pearce- 34%.

A PLUG. GWU college student Andrew Perez -- who is spending his summer working on some local Dem races here in South Florida where I live -- is one of the co-authors of the new progressive blog The New Argument. The site even has some rather wry humor, like the petition demanding that John McCain be given equal media coverage. Check it out.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 07.26.08 | Permalink |

FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE.

"JA, WIR KÖNNEN!"; McCAIN CRITICIZES FOREIGN SPEECH; AND FOUR NEW Q-POLLS.

P2008 - DAILY POLLING UPDATE. Barack Obama wrapped up his Middle East trip, then jetted off to Berlin for his speech before a massive crowd of over 200,000. John McCain criticized Obama on Thursday for giving a campaign speech in a foreign country -- before reporters noted McCain gave a campaign speech in Canada last month. That said, let's get to our daily update of the latest independent polls from swing states (and states that appear to be evolving into swing states):
COLORADO (Quinnipiac Univ.): McCain - 46%, Obama - 44%.
MICHIGAN (Quinnipiac Univ.): Obama - 46%, McCain - 42%.
MINNESOTA (Quinnipiac Univ.): Obama - 46%, McCain - 44%.
WISCONSIN (Quinnipiac Univ.): Obama - 50%, McCain - 39%.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 07.25.08 | Permalink |

THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE.

FIVE PREZ POLLS; SENATE DEMS SHOOT FOR 60; FOUR HOUSE POLLS; THE CAPTURE OF A WAR CRIMINAL.

P2008 - DAILY POLLING UPDATE. Here is our daily update of the latest independent polls from swing states (and states that appear to be evolving into swing states):
FLORIDA (Rasmussen): Obama - 46%, McCain - 45%.
MINNESOTA (Rasmussen): Obama - 49%, McCain - 37%.
NEW HAMPSHIRE (ARG): Obama - 47%, McCain - 45%.
NEW JERSEY (Monmouth Univ.): Obama - 42%, McCain - 28%.
VIRGINIA (PPP-D): Obama - 46%, McCain - 44%.

US SENATE. Will the Dems score a nine-seat pickup this year and reach the magic 60 mark to be able to block any GOP filibusters? "It’s very difficult, but it’s not out of the question. We expect to pick up a whole bunch of seats," said DSCC Chair Chuck Schumer at a press conference on Wednesday. Here are the latest independent polls for US Senate races.
MINNESOTA (Rasmussen): US Senator Norm Coleman (R) - 44%, humorist Al Franken (D) - 43%.
NEW HAMPSHIRE (Univ. of New Hampshire): Former Governor Jeanne Shaheen (D) - 46%, US Senator John Sununu (R) - 42%.
NEW HAMPSHIRE (ARG): Shaheen (D) - 58%, Sununu (R) - 36%.
VIRGINIA (PPP-D): Former Governor Mark Warner (D) - 57%, former Governor Jim Gilmore (R) - 32%.

CONGRESS. DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen told Roll Call there are 75 House seats seriously "in play" this year -- and 50 of those seats are currently held by Republicans. The new independent polls for the US House contests.
NEW HAMPSHIRE CD-1 (Univ. of New Hampshire): Former Congressman Jeb Bradley (R) - 46%, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (D) - 40%.
NEW HAMPSHIRE CD-1 (Univ. of New Hampshire): Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (D) - 42%, former State Health Commissioner John Stephen (R) - 36%.
NEW HAMPSHIRE CD-2 (Univ. of New Hampshire): Congressman Paul Hodes (D) - 44%, State Senator Bob Clegg (R) - 25%.
NEW HAMPSHIRE CD-2 (Univ. of New Hampshire): Congressman Paul Hodes (D) - 43%, radio talk show host Jennifer Horn (R) - 23%.

SERBIAN WAR CRIMES. Congratulations to the Serbian government for the surprise capture this week of genocidal mass-murderer Radovan Karadzic. Serbia's capture of possibly the single worst living war criminal in the world today -- and subsequent decision to quickly hand Karadzic over for international war crimes trial -- must be highly praised. Hopefully Karadzic -- the former nationalist leader of the puppet Bosnian Serb government -- will spend the rest of his life imprisoned. The one fascinating detail is how Karadzic, with his trademark '80s-style pompadour, was able to hide so successfully in the open in Belgrade under a new fake identity as lovable alternative medicine guru Dr. Dragan "David" Dabic. Karadzic guy grew a giant beard and long messy hair, wore fake glasses and Panama hats, and convincingly spouted New Age soundbites. He walked the streets, appeared regularly on Serbian television shows, and even had a website with bogus bio (which falsely explained away where he was during the years when he helped lead the campaign of mass murder against Bosnian Muslims) and his home address. Simply brilliant. But, thanks to a tip, this unapologetic and murderous monster is now behind bars -- hopefully for life. Hopefully General Mladic will also soon be captured and join his former commander-in-chief behind bars. And, if you want to learn more about this horrific campaign of genocide, I highly recommend Peter Maass' amazing book Love Thy Neighbor.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 07.24.08 | Permalink |

WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

ENQUIRER NAILS JOHN EDWARDS VISITING MISTRESS, BABY; NOVAK SAYS HE WAS PLAYED; AND NEW POLLS.

VEEPSTAKES - DEM. Strike former US Senator John Edwards from the VP hopefuls list. The National Enquirer secretly stalked Edwards with investigative reporters -- much like the famous Miami Herald/Gary Hart encounter in 1987 -- until they apparently caught him sneaking out of his purported girlfriend's room in a Los Angeles hotel at 2:40 am on Tuesday morning. The newspaper again reported Edwards is the father of the woman's infant child. Edwards' wife Elizabeth is terminally ill with cancer. According to the newspaper, Edwards snuck in through a side entrance, then went downstairs to avoid the lobby and grab an elevator up, and then reversed the move when leaving. When the reporters ambushed Edwards upon leaving the room, he ran into a basement bathroom and remained holed up there for 15 minutes until hotel security was summoned to escort out the reporters. Click here to read the details. In any instance, Edwards will now be eliminated from any serious VP consideration.

VEEPSTAKES - GOP. Columnist Robert Novak says several senior officials in the McCain campaign lied to him in an intentional effort to encourage him to report a false story. Novak now believes the "McCain will pick VP this week" story was an entire ruse intended merely to garner headlines but without any truth to the story.

P2008 - DAILY POLLING UPDATE. Here is our daily update of the latest independent polls from swing states (and states that appear to be evolving into swing states):
COLORADO (Rasmussen): Obama - 49%, McCain - 42%.
OHIO (Rasmussen): McCain - 46%, Obama - 40%.

US SENATE. The latest independent polls for US Senate races.
COLORADO (Rasmussen): Congressman Mark Udall (D) - 47%, former Congressman Bob Schaffer (R) - 43%.

CONGRESS. The new independent polls for the US House contests.
KENTUCKY CD-3 (SurveyUSA): Congressman John Yarmuth (D) - 53%, former Congresswoman Anne Northup (R) - 43%.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 07.23.08 | Permalink |

TUESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

VEEPSTAKES HEAT UP; NEW PREZ POLLS; KEYES GETS ON CALIF BALLOT; US SENATE POLLS.

VEEPSTAKES. Conservative columnist Robert Novak is placing his reputation on the line, boldly predicting that John McCain will likely announce his VP runningmate this week. Novak said the move is intended to dampen any positive press Barack Obama garners from his Middle East and European trip this week. McCain is set to meet with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on Wednesday. McCain met with former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Sunday. Mitt Romney's name also is frequently mentioned as a possible runningmate. Is it all subterfuge? Possibly. Just like Obama's three trips per day to the gym before departing for his overseas trip -- which may well have been cover for secret meetings with VP hopefuls.

P2008 - DAILY POLLING UPDATE. Here is our daily update of the latest independent polls from swing states (and states that appear to be evolving into swing states):
ALASKA (Rasmussen): McCain - 45%, Obama - 41%.
GEORGIA (Rasmussen): McCain - 48%, Obama - 39%.
MICHIGAN (Detroit News/EPIC-MRA): Obama - 43%, McCain - 41%, Barr/Nader/Other - 5%.
NEW HAMPSHIRE (Univ. of New Hampshire): Obama - 46%, McCain - 43%.
NORTH CAROLINA (Civitas-R): McCain - 43%, Obama - 40%.
OHIO (PPP-D): Obama - 48%, McCain - 40%.

KEYES. In a surprising turn of events, the California Secretary of State has decided to recognize former Ambassador Alan Keyes -- a former three-time GOP Presidential hopeful -- as the American Independent Party (AIP) Presidential nominee on the state's November ballot. The AIP is the state affiliate party of the Constitution Party. The AIP split into two factions last month, with the faction led by then-State Chairman Ed Noonan endorsing Keyes for the ballot line. The other AIP faction -- the larger bloc -- led by several other state party officers deposed Noonan as Chair and endorsed Constitution nominee Chuck Baldwin for the AIP ballot line. Both factions held small, rival conventions. According to Ballot Access News -- which broke the story -- look for the two factions to face off in lawsuits to determine if Keyes can be dislodged from the California ballot.

US SENATE. The latest independent polls for US Senate races.
ALASKA (Rasmussen): Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) - 50%, US Senator Ted Stevens (R) - 41%.
GEORGIA (Rasmussen): US Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) - 59%, DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones (D) - 29%.
GEORGIA (Rasmussen): US Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) - 51%, former State Rep. Jim Martin (D) - 40%.
MICHIGAN (Detroit News/EPIC-MRA): US Senator Carl Levin (D) - 58%, State Rep. Jack Hoogendyk (R) - 32%.

Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 07.22.08 | Permalink |

MONDAY NEWS UPDATE.

THE USUAL P2008 STUFF (AND THREE NEW POLLS); SEN STEVENS, REP YOUNG TRAIL DEMS IN ALASKA.

Hey, let's be candid: this is the really slow season of the election cycle. Yeah, stuff is happening, but so far not much of this current day-to-day will make any big difference come November. Let's see ... Obama is off on his Afghanistan-Iraq-Israel-Europe trip. Phil Gramm resigned as national co-chair of the McCain campaign, presumably to further minimize damage from his "nation of whiners" comment last week. Also, Secretary of State Condi Rice said this to CNN about Obama's candidacy: "I think it's great, and I think it's great for our country" -- but Rice said she is not yet ready to announce which candidate she will be supporting for President (presumably McCain). Thus, let's just get to the new polls ...

P2008 - DAILY POLLING UPDATE. Here is our daily update of the latest independent polls from swing states (and states that appear to be evolving into swing states):
ALASKA (Research 2000): McCain - 51%, Obama - 41%.
MAINE (Rasmussen): Obama - 46%, McCain - 36%.
VIRGINIA (Rasmussen): McCain - 44%, Obama - 44%.

US SENATE. The latest independent polls for US Senate races.
ALASKA (Research 2000): Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) - 47%, US Senator Ted Stevens (R) - 45%.
MAINE (Rasmussen): US Senator Mary Collins (R) - 49%, Congressman Tom Allen (D) - 42%.
NEW JERSEY (Strategic Vision-R): US Senator Frank Lautenberg (D) - 48%, former Congressman Dick Zimmer (R) - 32%.
VIRGINIA (Rasmussen): Former Governor Mark Warner (D) - 59%, former Governor Jim Gilmore (R) - 36%.

CONGRESS. The new independent polls for the US House contests.
ALASKA CD-1 (Research 2000): Former State House Minority Leader Ethan Berkowitz (D) - 51%, Congressman Don Young (R) - 40%.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 07.21.08 | Permalink |

FRIDAY NEWS UPDATE.

LENINISTS FOR McKINNEY; GILMORE REPAYS OWN LOAN; PLUS EIGHT NEW POLLS.

QUICK TAKES. P2008: The Workers World Party -- a Marxist-Leninst party -- has decided it will not field a Presidential ticket this year for the first time since 1980. Instead, the WWP is formally endorsing Green nominee Cynthia McKinney for President. In a written statement, the WWP described McKinney's campaign as "Black-led, anti-imperialist, working-class-centered and has a multinational radical base with the potential of unlimited growth." ... VIRGINIA: How committed is former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore (R) to his run for the open US Senate seat this year? Apparently, not as much as his supporters would have hoped. Although Gilmore is significantly lagging behind Mark Warner (D) in both the polls and fundraising, Gilmore used campaign contributions to repay himself the $50,000 loan he made to the campaign when he first jumped into the contest.

P2008 - DAILY POLLING UPDATE. Here is our daily update of the latest independent polls from swing states (and states that appear to be evolving into swing states):
ARKANSAS (Rasmussen): McCain - 47%, Obama - 37%.
CALIFORNIA (Field): Obama - 54%, McCain - 30%.
NEVADA (Rasmussen): Obama - 42%, McCain - 40%.
NEW JERSEY (Strategic Vision-R): Obama - 47%, McCain - 38%.
NORTH CAROLINA (Rasmussen): McCain - 45%, Obama - 42%.
WASHINGTON (SurveyUSA): Obama - 55%, McCain - 39%.

US SENATE. The latest independent polls for US Senate races.
LOUISIANA (Rasmussen): US Senator Mary Landrieu (D) - 49%, State Treasurer John Kennedy (R) - 44%.

GOVERNOR. The new independent polls for the gubernatorial contests.
WASHINGTON (SurveyUSA): Governor Christine Gregoire (D) - 49%, former State Senator Dino Rossi (R) - 46%, Other - 2%.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 07.18.08 | Permalink |

THURSDAY NEWS UPDATE.

A FEW NEW PREZ AND US SENATE POLLS.

P2008 - DAILY POLLING UPDATE. Here is our daily update of the latest independent polls from swing states (and states that appear to be evolving into swing states):
KANSAS (Rasmussen): McCain - 52%, Obama - 32%.
OREGON (Rasmussen): Obama - 46%, McCain - 37%.

US SENATE. The latest independent polls for US Senate races.
KANSAS (Rasmussen): US Senator Pat Roberts (R) - 57%, former Congressman Jim Slattery (D) - 30%.
NORTH CAROLINA (SurveyUSA): US Senator Elizabeth Dole (R) - 54%, State Senator Kay Hagen (D) - 42%.
OREGON (Rasmussen): State House Speaker Jeff Merkley (D) - 43%, US Senator Gordon Smith (R) - 41%.
SOUTH DAKOTA (Rasmussen): US Senator Tim Johnson (D) - 60%, State Representative Joel Dykstra (R) - 38%.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 07.17.08 | Permalink |

WEDNESDAY NEWS UPDATE.

McCAIN QUICKLY SHIFTS ON GAY ADOPTION; GA, AL PRIMARY RESULTS; MN FILING CLOSES; PREZ, US SEN & GOV POLLS.

P2008. Speaking over the weekend to the New York Times, John McCain (R) said "I think that we’ve proven that both parents are important in the success of a family so, no, I don’t believe in gay adoption." On Tuesday, McCain's campaign spokesperson issued a formal statement clarifying (i.e., changing) the candidate's position. The new stance: "McCain could have been clearer in the interview in stating that his position on gay adoption is that it is a state issue, just as he made it clear in the interview that marriage is a state issue. He was not endorsing any federal legislation. McCain's expressed his personal preference for children to be raised by a mother and a father wherever possible. However, as an adoptive father himself, McCain believes children deserve loving and caring home environments, and he recognizes that there are many abandoned children who have yet to find homes. McCain believes that in those situations that caring parental figures are better for the child than the alternative." In other P2008 news, the Wall Street Journal reports that the McCain campaign has not asked Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) for any financial records or documents -- seemingly discrediting the rumors that Pawlenty is near the top of McCain's VP short list.

P2008 - DAILY POLLING UPDATE. Here is our daily update of the latest independent polls from swing states (and states that appear to be evolving into swing states):
NORTH CAROLINA (SurveyUSA): McCain - 50%, Obama - 45%, Others - 2%.
SOUTH CAROLINA (PPP-D): McCain - 45%, Obama - 39%, Barr - 5%.

GEORGIA. Tuesday was primary day in Georgia. DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones captured 41% in the five-way Democratic primary for US Senate primary, placing first. Former State Representative Jim Martin was second with 34% and will face Jones in the August 5 run-off. The winner will face incumbent Saxby Chambliss (R) in November. In a big surprise in CD-10, freshman Congressman Paul Broun (R) -- the self-proclaimed ally of libertarian Congressman Ron Paul -- won a landslide 71-29 victory over social conservative military veteran and State Representative Barry Fleming. The local GOP establishment had strongly backed Fleming, but they clearly had little influence over rank-and-file voters as the maverick Broun won easily. Democratic Congressmen John Lewis, John Barrow and David Scott all won their respective renomination races by landslide margins. Click here to view all of the Georgia nominees.

ALABAMA. In CD-2, State Representative Jay Love defeated State Senator Harri Ann Smith by a 53% to 47% vote, following in a bruising GOP run-off race. After initially remaining neutral, the NRCC had lined up behind Love in the run-off. Rate Love as a slight favorite over Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright (D) in November for this open seat. In CD-5, advertising executive and '94/'96 nominee Wayne Parker won the GOP run-off contest by a very lopsided margin. Parker is rated an underdog against State Senator Parker Griffith (D) in general election for the seat being vacated by retiring Congressman Bud Cramer (D).

MINNESOTA. Candidate filing closed on Tuesday. Click here to view the Minnesota US Senate and Congressional candidates. A whopping 18 challengers filed to run against US Senator Norm Coleman (R), including many of the colorful frequent candidates who run for office every two years. As for US House races, voters in CD-1, CD-3 and CD-6 will see competitive contests.

US SENATE. The latest independent polls for US Senate races.
IOWA (Rasmussen): US Senator Tom Harkin (D) - 52%, businessman Chris Reed (R) - 36%.
MICHIGAN (Rasmussen): US Senator Carl Levin (D) - 54%, State Representative Jack Hoogendyk (R) - 33%.
MINNESOTA (SurveyUSA): US Senator Norm Coleman (R) - 52%, humorist Al Franken (D) - 39%.
MINNESOTA (Rasmussen): Franken (D) - 44%, Coleman (R) - 42%.
SOUTH CAROLINA (PPP-D): US Senator Lindsey Graham (R) - 52%, engineer Bob Conley (D) - 21%, former Myrtle Beach Mayor Mark McBride (Independent) - 10%.

GOVERNOR. The new independent polls for the gubernatorial contests.
NORTH CAROLINA (SurveyUSA): Lt. Governor Bev Perdue (D) - 47%, Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory (R) - 46%, college professor Mike Munger (Libertarian) - 3%.
Posted by Ron Gunzburger - 07.16.08 | Permalink |

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