Can Republicans Win the Senate in 2010?
Eleven Democratic seats are in play.
12:00 AM, Jun 2, 2010 • By FRED BARNES
In Nevada, three Republican candidates – Sue Lowden, Danny Tarkanian, and Sharron Angle – are tightly clustered. They are either ahead of or behind Democrat Harry Reid, the Senate minority leader, by three points or fewer, according to a Mason-Dixon poll of likely voters.
Finally, in California, Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer trails Republican Tom Campbell by seven points but leads Republican Carly Fiorina by six in an LA Times poll of registered voters. Campbell is a former House member, Fiorina the ex-CEO of Hewlett-Packard.
That’s it. All Republicans need to sweep these races and grab control of Senate after four years of Democratic rule are two things. One, voter turnout in which enthusiastic Republicans show up in disproportionate numbers. Two, a political wave across the country that lifts Republican candidates everywhere. Either is quite possible, neither are givens. But the new Gallup generic ballot poll, giving Republicans a record six-point lead, suggests there’s a better chance than ever before that both will occur on election day in November.
Fred Barnes is the executive editor of THE WEEKLY STANDARD.