-Didn't take long for the Republican candidate in Maine to start 'gay-baiting' the Democratic nominee who recently came out. In the race for Governor, Republican Erick Bennett called Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud a 'closet homo'.
-Public Policy Polling has a new national poll released this week. It shows Chris Christie leading Hillary Clinton by 45% to 42%. Clinton defeats all other possible Republican nominees by margins of five to eight points.
-Among national Republicans, Christie also leads but it is by far not a sure thing. If Mike Huckabee enters, Christiecould have some problems. Huckabee has the highest 'favorable rating of any Republican with 65% of them loving him. Christie's 'favorble' rating is just 47%. The poll shows:
-The latest Public Policy Poll (PPP) brings the news that the Democrats are on the verge of defeating Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. The latest has Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes leading by just one point in a 43% to 42% race!
-The same poll has good news for McConnell in that he currently leads his Tea Party challenger, Matt Bevin, by 53% to 26%. The leader is still now out of the woods since conservative Republicans in the state say they want someone more 'conservative' than McConnell by a margin of 55% to 33%.
-The minimum raise might be the secret issue for Democrats in Kentucky as voters want to increase it by a margin of 54% to 33%.
-In Iowa, the Quinnipiac Poll shows that Governor Christie leads Hillary Clinton by 5 points. Clinton leads all other Republican candidates but she leads Senator Rand Paul by just 1 point.
-We might pick up a Governor's seat in Florida. Incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott's own poll shows him behind new Democrat Charlie Crist 49% to 45%. What is tough for the Scott is that the poll is his own internal poll!
-Incumbent Republican Congressman Frank R. Wolf has decided not to seek re-election in Virginia. He has served for 34 years. The District went for Romney by just 1 point so it could be a pickup for Democrats next year.
-Off setting the good news out of Virginia is the bad news for Democrats in Utah. Democratic Congressman Jim Matheson has announced that he won't run for re-election. This district gave Mitt Romney 67% of the vote so it doesn't look good for the Dems to hold this seat.
-Finally, there is more good news for Dems with Republican retirements. Congressman Tom Latham of Iowa is hanging up his political career. The newly open seat went for Obama in 2012 by four points so the Dems could have a pickup with this seat!
-Pennsylvania looks good for the Dems to pick up another Governorship next year. Incumbent Republican Governor Corbett is seriously trailing in the new Quinnipiac Poll. Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz is leading him by 45% to 37%.
-Looks good for Dems to hold the Iowa seat of retiring Senator Tom Harkin. Congressman Bruce Braley is leading all Republican challengers for the seat.