9:13 AM, Oct 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
George Will's column on New Jersey Senate candidate Jeff Bell:
Every 36 years, it seems, Jeff Bell disturbs New Jersey’s political order. In 1978, as a 34-year-old apostle of supply-side economics and a harbinger of the Reagan Revolution, he stunned the keepers of the conventional wisdom by defeating a four-term senator, Clifford Case, in the Republican primary. Bell, a Columbia University graduate who fought in Vietnam, lost to Bill Bradley in the 1978 general election, but in 1982 he went to Washington to help implement President Reagan’s economic policies thatproduced five quarters of above 7 percent growth and six years averaging 4.6 percent.
Bell, now 70, is back. He won the Republican nomination to run against Sen. Cory Booker, 45, the Democratic former mayor of Newark who last October won a special election to serve the last year of the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s term.
New Jersey last voted Republican for president in 1988; in 2012, Barack Obama carried it by 18 points; it has not elected a Republican senator since 1972. Booker, who has raised more than $16 million, is a prodigy at siphoning money from Wall Street. Bell is running this year’s most penurious Senate campaign, having raised and pretty much spent about $300,000. And this is an expensive state: To reach New Jersey voters, candidates for statewide offices must buy New York and Philadelphia radio and television time, which Bell cannot do.
Yet Booker’s lead is only in the low double digits — 13 points in theRealClearPolitics average of polls. In eight Senate races (Delaware, Hawaii,New Mexico, Oregon, Illinois, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Virginia), Republicans are less competitive than Bell is. If Republican groups had given Bell the money they spent dragging Sen. Thad Cochran to re-nomination in Mississippi, Bell might be hot on Booker’s heels. He could still get there with a modest infusion of campaign contributions: Several polls have shown Booker’s support below 50 percent.
Whole thing here.
10:30 AM, Sep 5, 2014 • By MARK STRICHERZ
For months, Senate candidate Cory Gardner has been attacked as an extremist on the issues of abortion and Obamacare's contraception mandate. His response has been to disavow his support for a 2010 personhood amendment in Colorado and to support over-the-counter access to birth control. But a few Colorado social conservatives believe that the Republican congressman is missing an opportunity to push back against the real extremism of his Democratic opponent, incumbent senator Mark Udall.
Buck lets Bennet off the hook.4:27 PM, Oct 12, 2010 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Ever wonder why Republican challenger Ken Buck can't open up more of a lead against Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado?
Ken Buck v. Jane Norton2:53 PM, Jul 22, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
I know, I know, the perennial National Conversation on Race is just getting started, but the Colorado GOP Senate primary would like to direct our attention on gender politics. CBS reports:
3:41 PM, Apr 13, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Via Jim Geraghty, we all know that politicians can be shameless hypocrites, but really: How does a senator vote for a $787 billion "stimulus" bill and a $2.5 trillion health care bill that no one in his right mind believes is actually "paid for" and then attack those in Washington who "spend money they don't have"?
1:19 PM, Apr 8, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
A new Rasmussen poll shows Colorado GOP Senate candidate Jane Norton leading Democratic senator Michael Bennet 46% to 41%--Norton's margin has actually decreased four points since last months' poll.
Norton also leads Bennet's Democratic primary challenger Andrew Romanoff by 11 points. Her GOP primary challenger Ken Buck polls slightly worse than Norton against the Democrats.
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