Boxer's pac choosing candidate to support now - vote!

I already voted so I can't vote anymore, but if you haven't you should really vote in Barbara Boxers Pac for change

Here are the standings right now:

Bob Casey (PA)   19%
Claire McCaskill (MO)     15%
Sherrod Brown (OH)     14%
Barbara Ann Radnofsky (TX)     11%
Pete Ashdown (UT)     10%
Jim Webb (VA) 8%
Amy Klobuchar (MN)      6%
Erik Fleming (MS)      5%

Now, I have nothing against Bob Casey, not at all, I think he will be an excellent next Senator from PA and is a definite step up from the heinous Santorum, but that's THE top tier race that everybody is paying attention to, while that money could be used so much more by Tester, Carter, McCaskill etc.

Anyway, if you agree, I urge you to join up and vote!

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TONIGHT: NYC 'Blograiser' for Brian Keeler (NYBri)!!

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This is it folks. Tonight is the night!

Endorsed by Eliot Spitzer...

Designated a 'Top Tier' race by the NY DSCC...

...Our man Brian Keeler (NYBri) is having a 'Blograiser' -- located physically in Manhattan and virtually online -- live-blogged on and other excellent sites across the blogosphere.

This is our chance to make a bold statement about the direction of politics in America -- and continue to expand the passion and implement the progressive values of the Netroots.

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Barr Campaign releases totals

PRESS RELEASE                                                               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                               MAY 24, 2006


           Today Tony Barr officially became the Democratic Party nominee for Pennsylvania's 9th Congressional District to the United States Congress when his verified vote total raced past the needed 1000 write-in votes, and continued to a present total of 1776.  Barr organized an intense grassroots campaign as a write-in candidate in the course of just sixteen days, winning at least 1776 officially accepted write-in votes in the May 16 primary election, almost double the number needed, to gain a spot on the Democratic ballot in November.  Tony Barr will face Republican incumbent Bill Shuster in the November general election.  Had Barr not succeeded, Shuster would have run unopposed.  

           Tony Barr, a Bedford County Special Education Teacher, took on the challenge of running for Congress after becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the 9th District's current representation.  He was also alarmed to see that the Democratic Party had not qualified a candidate for the election; he stepped forward when he heard that local Democratic grassroots organizers were interested in supporting a qualified candidate.  

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Georgia Congressional Filings

Not seeing an exisiting diary, I decided to create one.  Candidate filings for Congress, among other races, started April 24 and will end on April 28.  According to the Georgia Secretary of State's website, Democrats have officially filed in seven of the thirteen districts.  

Incumbent Democrats Sanford Bishop (2nd District), Cynthia McKinney (4th District), John Lewis (5th District), John Barrow (12th District), and David Scott (13th District) have already filed.  Democrats have found challengers in Reverend Jim Nelson (1st District against Jack Kingston) and John Bradbury (9th District against Charlie Norwood).  McKinney has a primary challenger in Hank Johnson and Scott in Donzella James.  Additionally, incumbent Jim Marshall (8th District), and challengers Patrick Pillion (3rd District), Stephen Sinton (6th District), Allan Burns (7th District), and Paul Blackwell (10th District) have not filed yet.  That adds up to eleven seats contested by Democrats.  We are currently, to my knowledge, not contesting the 11th District.  While it has a Republican incumbent and leans Republican, it is certainly not unwinnable.

The Republicans are officially contesting nine seats.  Incumbents Jack Kingston (1st District), Lynn Westermoreland (3rd District), Tom Price (6th District), John Linder (7th District), Charlie Norwood (9th District), Nathan Deal (10th District) and Phil Gingrey (11th District) have filed, meaning all seven Republican incuments intend to run for re-election.  Additionally, Republicans have found challengers in Mac Collins and James Neal Harris (8th District, presumably against Jim Marshall), Max Burns (12th District against John Barrow), and Deborah Honeycutt (13th District against David Scott).  The race for the 8th District nomination is the only current Republican primary.  Presumed Republican challengers Brad Hughes (2nd District against Sandford Bishop), Catherine Davis (4th District against Cynthia McKinney), and John Konop (6th District Primary) have not filed.  This adds up to Republicans intended to challenge 12 of the districts.  They other race, in the 5th, is not winnable by a Republican.

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Where are the Voters?

Where are the votes?

In a combination of looking at recent special elections, the polls, the West Wing's Presidential race and an article about Howard Stern, I've been considering the question, where are the votes?

This is a question for anyone running for anything, but let's look at it for now on a national basis, with effects on 2006 and to a greater extent, 2008.

I'm going to narrow it even further, for the purposes of this post, to where are the Democratic votes? The answer to this question is the source of disagreements within the party (and the GOP has a similar debate going on) that flare up every four years and to a lesser extent fuel the blogosphere and the caucus debates among "moderates" and "progressives".

But let's narrow it even further, because there's a "voting base" who, absent a tsunami on election day, will go out and vote for the Democratic candidate, and another group which leans strongly that way and absent a really bad candidate will show up and vote for the Democrat.

So it comes down to, where are the "marginal" voters? I don't call them swing voters, because I don't think they so much swing between the parties as decide to vote or not vote in a given election. These are the voters looking for a reason (or maybe not really looking that hard) to vote for a candidate.

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