Pennsylvania: Murtha’s Widow Won’t Run

The race among Democrats to fill Pennsylvania’s Rep. John Murtha‘s seat often seems like a competition over who would most resemble the 18-term Johnstown powerbroker once in office.
On Monday, the person who would most embody that sentiment, his widow, Joyce, said she is not going to run for the seat — opening the Democratic field for more than a half-dozen candidates. The Murtha for Congress Committee said in a statement that Mrs. Murtha “feels that it is too soon after his death to be on the campaign trail.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Florida: McCollum Leads Sink by 13

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McCollum 48 (+2 vs. last poll, 1/29)
Sink 35 (unch)
Und 12 (-1)

Real Clear Politics

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Wisconsin: Republicans Lead Governors Race

Survey of 500 Likely Voters in Wisconsin
February 17, 2010

Election 2010: Wisconsin Governor
Mark Neumann (R) 44%
Tom Barrett (D) 42%
Other 4%
Not sure 10%
Election 2010: Wisconsin Governor
Scott Walker (R) 49%
Tom Barrett (D) 40%
Other 1%
Not sure 10%

Rasmussen Reports

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Ohio: Portman Primary Challenger Decides to Challenge Congresswoman Instead

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The [Tom] Ganley switch is a coup for Republicans because it gives former Rep. Rob Portman a clear path to the GOP Senate nomination and could put another Democratic-held House seat into play. A recent internal GOP poll showed Ganley leading Sutton by 3 points. 

The Hill

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Poll: GOP Making Striking Gains Against Dems

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll is signaling that the Republican Party’s resurgence is gaining strength as a growing number of Americans seem to think conservatives may be better at managing the economy than President Barack Obama and the Democrats.

The poll of 1,004 adults nationwide shows Republicans have narrowed the gap with the Democrats when it comes to who voters trust more to deal with the country’s problems. This shift erodes one of what had been Obama’s major political advantages.

NewsMax

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New York: Jamestown Councilman Switches to Independence Party

Earlier this week, City Councilman Steve Szwejbka, the city’s Ward 1 councilman, cited frustration with the status quo as his main reason for leaving the Democratic Party in favor of the Independence Party.
Szwejbka, who has been a member of the Democratic Party since the mid-1970s, is entering his third term as a Jamestown City Councilman. He serves on the council’s Public Safety and Housing committees.

Post-Journal

Washington: Rossi Leads Murray

Patty Murray, widely recognized as the stupidest member of the US Senate, is in trouble if she has to take on Dino Rossi, but seems to be having an easier time against the other candidates.

Washington Survey of 500 Likely Voters
February 11, 2010

2010 Washington Senate
Dino Rossi (R) 48%
Patty Murray (D) 46%
Some Other Candidate 1%
Not Sure 5%
2010 Washington Senate
Don Benton (R) 38%
Patty Murray (D) 50%
Some Other Candidate 3%
Not Sure 9%
2010 Washington Senate
Clint Didier (R) 34%
Patty Murray (D) 49%
Some Other Candidate 4%
Not Sure 13%
2010 Washington Senate
Chris Widener (R) 33%
Patty Murray (D) 48%
Some Other Candidate 5%
Not Sure 14%

Rasmussen Reports

California: Whitman Tied With Brown

California Survey of 500 Likely Voters
February 15, 2010

Election 2010: California Governor
Meg Whitman (R) 43%
Jerry Brown (D) 43%
Some Other Candidate 6%
Not Sure 8%
Election 2010: California Governor
Steve Poizner (R) 34%
Jerry Brown (D) 46%
Some Other Candidate 7%
Not Sure 13%
Election 2010: California Governor
Meg Whitman (R) 43%
Dianne Feinstein (D) 45%
Some Other Candidate 2%
Not Sure 9%
Election 2010: California Governor
Steve Poizner (R) 36%
Dianne Feinstein (D) 48%
Some Other Candidate 5%
Not Sure 11%

Rasmussen Reports