Early in the 2006 cycle, Democrats
spotted the opening they'd been given.
John Hostettler, a frequent speaker at Religious Right gatherings and sponsor of a bill designed to make it harder for people to bring church-state cases into federal courts, was trounced by Democrat
Brad Ellsworth, 61 percent to 39 percent.
In central Ohio, Democrat
Mary Jo Kilroy is giving Republican incumbent Deborah Pryce a run for her money in the traditionally Republican Fifteenth District.
It would be hard enough to see the GOP nominate someone who is "wrong" on one or two out of three, let alone three (just to be fair and symmetrical, it is just as unlikely that Democrats
would nominate someone who is pro-life on abortion, and pretty much opposed to any gun control or gay rights measures).
had long been dominant in American politics.
in control of the governor's mansion, the House and the Senate, "whatever measures Blagojevich wants to get done, he will be able to get done.
Polls show the electorate split evenly in party identification with the Republicans and the Democrats
roughly 45 percent each.
HOUSE REPUBLICAN CHARGES DEMOCRATS WITH ELECTION-YEAR DEMAGOGUERY
People are not voting for the Democrats
on this issue," Pew Research Center director Andy Kohut said.
The Casey run was plotted not long after the 2004 election, when polls convinced Washingtonians that "moral values issues"--abortion, gay marriage--were keeping the Democrats
at the kiddie table even as the governing GOP stumbled from blunder to blunder.
State Senator Connie Williams, a Democrat
, chose not to run for a seat in Pennsylvania's Sixth district.
Gutierrez, a Chicago Democrat
of Puerto Rican heritage.