10 forgotten candidates you should help

The netroots / blogosphere has picked its favorites, be they Rick Noriega or Darcy Burner or Scott Kleeb.  (All three of whom are great candidates.)

In this diary, I wanted to spread the love a bit to a few candidates that don't get mentioned much, or at all.  Please help me in this task.

Oftentimes moderate Democrats running in Republican districts, who don't and can't hew to the hard left like we might like, lose out in the online popularity contests.  But at the end of the day, their one vote will count for just as much, and will each be replacing the vote of a bad GOP legislator.

In this diary I detail 5 house candidates and 5 senate candidates that are worthy of your donations - even $5 - via ActBlue at this link.  Even better, sign up for a recurring contribution - it helps ensure the candidates a steady financial situation.

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GOOD Congressional challengers on FISA: The List

In the last couple days, there have been several posts across the blogosphere citing what various candidates running for Congress have said on FISA and retroactive immunity for the telecoms.  But so far, it's been all over the map.  I'll try to corral all their statements into this diary, so you can see who the "good guys" are.

First, let's start off with the current House and Senate members who voted against this bill.  They do deserve credit, as it's their jobs on the line.

Follow me below the fold to see the dozens of Democratic challengers who are standing up for the Constitution, and are against this FISA bill and retroactive immunity.

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KY-Sen: McConnell In Trouble

A few weeks ago, Rasmussen released a curious poll showing Democrat Bruce Lunsford up over Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell by 5% in Kentucky. To counter it, the McConnell campaign released an internal poll (h/t SSP)  that found McConnell leading by 11%. Looks like the truth may be somewhere in between.

Today, Survey USA released a poll that finds McConnell up, but within the margin of error. In other words, as SUSA puts it:

McConnell and Lunsford Start Off Neck and Neck

The results:

McConnell 50
Lunsford 46

If true, this would be just a devastating development for the NRSC since conventional wisdom had this race outside of the top 10 pick-up opportunities Democrats have to get to a true filibuster-proof majority of 60 (I'm no longer counting Lieberman as part of our caucus.)

On a not unrelated note, SUSA also found Barack Obama has cut John McCain's lead in the state in half since mid-May

McCain 53 (56)
Obama 41 (32)

Thank you, presidential primary.

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KY-Sen: Does The Path To A 60-Seat Majority Run Through Kentucky?

The Cook Political Report recently listed the Kentucky senate race as "Solid Republican."

Oh really?

Bruce Lunsford (D) 49
Mitch McConnell (R-Inc.) 44

This race didn't make the top 9 pick-ups on either Chris Bowers's or BruinKid's recent senate race round-ups. But as Bruinkid says, this poll now makes the Kentucky Senate race a top tier race.

So what's changed?

This Rasmussen poll was taken 2 days after Kentucky voted in its primary, giving Lunsford a resounding win in the primary to take on McConnell in the fall. But the general excitement and engagement created by the Democratic presidential primary doesn't hurt either. Check out Rasmussen's simple read of why Democrats may have a shot to pick up so many senate seats this cycle.

The underlying reason that so many Republican seats are at risk is that fewer and fewer Americans consider themselves to be Republicans.

Rasmussen elaborates in its May 3 partisan trends analysis:

During the month of April, 41.4% of Americans considered themselves to be Democrats. Just 31.4% said they were Republicans and 27.2% were not affiliated with either major party.

April was the third straight month that the number of Democrats topped 41%. Prior to February of this year, neither party had ever reached the 39% level of support. [...]

The partisan gap now shows the Democrats with a 10.0 percentage point advantage over the Republicans. That's the largest advantage ever recorded by either party. In fact, before these past three months, the previous high was a 6.9 point percentage point edge for the Democrats in December 2006.

The 10.0 percentage point advantage for Democrats is up from a 2.1 point advantage in December.

Hmm, and what's happened between December and now to create such a partisan identification advantage for Democrats?

Oh right.

As Bowers concludes:

The extended primary will probably net us three or four Senate seats, at least.

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KY-Sen: EARTH SHATTERING new poll

A week or so ago I blogged about a Mississippi Senate internal poll that showed the race competitive, with Ronnie Musgrove, the Democrat, leading Republican Roger Wicker.

Now comes this Rasmussen poll out of Kentucky that shows Democrat Bruce Lunsford AHEAD of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

You heard that right!

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