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2010 Congressional



In the 2010 Elections for the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, collectively known as the 2010 Congressional Elections, the Republican (GOP) Party is attempting to revive itself after the Democratic victories in 2008. For the Democrats, this election will likely result in a loss of seats in both the House and the Senate. Historically, the "President's Party," in this case the Democrats, usually lose seats in what are called "off-year" elections. 2010 is an off-year election. Added to the usual disenchantment voters feel towards the President's party in off-year elections, is the added vigor the Republicans and their conservative base feel as they gear up for this year's elections.

Part of the conservative anger toward President Obama and the Democrats were seen throughout the summer of 2009 in the so-called "Tea Party" rallies held across the country. These rallies and the town hall meetings many members of Congress held as part of the 2009 Health Care Debate became loud and raucous expressions of conservative anger at the Obama Administration and the Democrats in Congress.


Dino Rossi Inches Closer to Challenging Patty Murray in Washington State

In a speech on May 21, 2010, Republican Dino Rossi spoke of policy and politics, but came just short of saying he will challenge incumbent Democratic Senator Patty Murray, who is up for re-election this November. Speculation has centered around Rossi, who has valuable state-wide name recognition and respect among conservative voters after two failed, but close, campaigns against Washington Governor Christine Gregoire. Other Republicans have softly criticized Rossi, saying he must make up his mind soon, since many funding and endorsement decisions stakeholders are awaiting news as to whether or not Rossi is indeed in the race. Already declared Republican candidates include businessman Paul Akers, ex-NFL football player Clint Didier and state Sen. Don Benton.


The "Kennedy Seat" in Massachusetts

An early preview of the November election is the Special Election in Massachusetts on January 19, 2010 to replace the late Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy, who passed away on August 25, 2009. In a state that has not elected a Republican U.S. Senator since 1972 (when Republican Edward Brooke won office), and for a Senate Seat once held by two members of the famously Democratic Kennedy family. Also, Massachusetts holds a strong liberal Democratic reputation to the point that while campaigning in 2004, President George W. Bush would often deride Massachusetts as the home of Senator Kerry. To conservative voters, those were almost fighting words.

The candidates for this open Senate seat are Democrat Martha Coakley (the incumbent Attorney General in Massachusetts) and Republican State Senator Scott Brown.

As of January 14, 2010, several veteran polling experts all characterized this Senate race as dead even. Given the strong liberal constituency that the late Senator Kennedy enjoyed in his career, the news that a Republican candidate is so close to capturing that Senate seat is a potentially significant blow to President Obama. If the Republicans capture "The Kennedy Seat", Republicans nationwide will be energized for the November elections. On a more immediate level, President Obama's Health Care Reform efforts will be greatly endangered if the Democrats lose their 60-seat supermajority in the Senate.

As election day drew closer, both parties brought out their big guns to campaign for the candidates. On January 15, 2010, former President Bill Clinton campaigned for Democrat Coakley in Worcester, while former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani campaigned for Brown in Boston. President Barack Obama appeared to campaign for Coakley on January 17, 2010.

On January 19, 2010, Massachusetts voters elected Republican Scott Brown to take the Senate seat held by Ted Kennedy for 47 years in a major upset that set the tone for the upcoming November elections. Brown took 52% of the vote, while Coakley won only 47% of the vote. High turnout in suburban districts with larger numbers of independent voters who voted for Brown helped push him toward the win.

Beau Biden Bows Out of Delaware Race to Fill His Father's Senate Seat

In late January, 2010, Beau Biden sent shockwaves through Delaware politics, and struck another body blow to the Democratic Party's attempts to retain control of the Senate in the 2010 Congressional Elections when he announce that he would not run for his father's old Senate Seat.

A total of 37 Senate seats are up for election in 2010. Several significant Senate races include the elections to replace several retiring Senators. These elections include races to replace the following lawmakers:

Christopher Dodd (D) of Connecticut

Ted Kaufman (D) of Delaware

Roland Burris (D) of Illinois --Burris is the controversial appointee who was appointed to replace Barack Obama after the 2008 election

Paul Kirk (D) of Massachusetts -Kirk is an interim appointment who promised to not run in the special election to fill the "Kennedy Seat."

Byron Dorgan (D) of North Dakota

George LeMieux (R) of Florida

Sam Brownback (R) of Kansas

Jim Bunning (R) of Kentucky

Kit Bond (R) of Missouri

Judd Gregg (R) of New Hampshire

George Voinovich (R) of Ohio




Links and Resources:

Rossi at Senate Starting Gate: Will He?--by Joel Connely, Seattle P-I, May 21, 2010

Scott Brown Campaign website

Martha Coakley Campaign website

Ten reasons why the Massachusetts Senate race is very, very important--San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 17, 2010

2010 as 1994? Relax, Democrats--LA Times, Jan. 18, 2010

Massachusetts Senate race: Democratic big guns join the fight-Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 15, 2010

Six factors to watch for Tuesday's election--Boston Globe

Congressional elections, 2010 - On Politics - Breaking News --USA Today

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RealClearPolitics - Red Dawn: GOP Revival For 2010 House?

Biden’s seat kept warm, Nov. 24, 2008

Ted Kaufman to succeed Biden in Senate--Politico, Nov. 24, 2008

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