California: Whitman Leads Brown by 8 pts

SUNNYVALE, CA - APRIL 27:  Former eBay CEO and...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeCalifornia Survey of 750 Likely Voters
August 24, 2010

Election 2010: California Governor
Meg Whitman (R) 48%
Jerry Brown (D) 40%
Some Other Candidate 6%
Not Sure 6%

Rasmussen Reports

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Rasmussen: Neumann and Walker Lead Barrett in Wisconsin Governors Race

this picture was taken by me on behalf of Frie...Image via Wikipedia Survey of 750 Likely Voters in Wisconsin
August 24, 2010  

Election 2010: Wisconsin Governor
Mark Neumann (R) 48%
Tom Barrett (D) 44%
Other 3%
Not sure 4%
Election 2010: Wisconsin Governor
Scott Walker (R) 47%
Tom Barrett (D) 44%
Other 4%
Not sure 4%
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Pennsylvania: Pat Toomey & Tom Corbett Have Sizeable Leads

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Republicans Pat Toomey and Tom Corbett are running far ahead of their Democratic opponents in congressional and gubernatorial contests here, a new Franklin & Marshall College Poll shows.
It’s not difficult to understand why.
When things go wrong, the party in power — in this case the Democrats — gets kicked around. In the 16 midterm elections since World War II, the party in power has been able to pick up only twice, in terms of picking up seats in Congress. Neither of those times came when the economy was bad.

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California: Fiorina Leads Boxer by 5

Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly FiorinaImage via WikipediaRepublican Carly Fiorina has built a five-point lead over incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer in their race for the U.S. Senate in November, a poll released on Thursday shows.
Fiorina, a Republican former Hewlett-Packard CEO making her first run for political office in a state considered reliably Democratic, is beating Boxer by a margin of 47 percent to 42 percent, according to the SurveyUSA poll.

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Kansas: Republican Huelskamp has Huge Lead Over Democrat Jilka

[In 1st congressional district] If the election for U.S. House of Representatives were today, who would you vote for? (candidate names rotated) Republican Tim Huelskamp? Democrat Alan Jilka? Or Libertarian Jack Warner?
65%     Tim Huelskamp (R)
23%     Alan Jilka (D)
7%       Jack Warner (L)
5%       Undecided
Source: Survey USA

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Kucinich Won’t Challenge Obama in Primary

WASHINGTON - JULY 25:  Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D...Image by Getty Images via @daylife“I think what we have to do is focus on coming together for the purposes of getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan,” the former presidential candidate said.
Gov. Ed Rendell acknowledged last month that Obama could face a primary challenge from the left after Pat Buchanan asked Rendell on MSNBC if an anti-war candidate could enter race. Rendell said it was “possible” but it “really depends on how far [Afghanistan] deteriorates.”

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Rasmussen Polls From Around the USA Show Republicans Mostly Sitting Pretty

Michigan Survey of 500 Likely Voters  
 August 4, 2010  

Election 2010: Michigan Governor
Rick Snyder (R) 49%
Virg Bernero (D) 37%
Some other candidate 3%
Not sure 

Ohio Survey of 750 Likely Voters
August 2, 2010  
Election 2010: Ohio Senate
Rob Portman (R) 44%
Lee Fisher (D) 40%
Some other candidate 5%
Not Sure 11%
Survey of 500 Likely Voters
August 2, 2010  
Election 2010: Ohio Governor
John Kasich (R) 45%
Ted Strickland (D) 42%
Some other candidate 6%
Not Sure 7%
Delaware Survey of 500 Likely Voters
August 5, 2010
Election 2010: Delaware Senate
Mike Castle (R) 49%
Chris Coons (D) 37%
Some Other Candidate 5%
Not Sure 9%
Election 2010: Delaware Senate
Christine O’Donnell (R) 36%
Chris Coons (D) 46%
Some Other Candidate 10%
Not Sure 8%

United States Senate  Balance of Power Tables:
Current Projected Result
Democrats 51
Republicans 43
Toss-Up 6
Election 2010 To Date
Solid Democratic 8
Leans Democratic 3
Toss-Up 6
Leans Republican 5
Solid Republican 15
No Senate Race In 2010
Democrats 40
Republicans 23
 *Independent Senators and candidates in CT, FL and VT are counted here as Democrats
U.S. Senate Snapshot:
Held/Solid Democratic 48
Leans Democratic 3
Toss-Up 6
Leans Republican 5
Held/Solid Republican 38
California Survey of 750 Likely Voters
August 3, 2010  
Election 2010: California Senate
Carly Fiorina (R) 40%
Barbara Boxer (D) 45%
Some other candidate 5%
Not Sure 10%

Nevada Survey of 750 Likely Voters
July 27, 2010
Election 2010: Nevada Senate
Sharron Angle (R) 43%
Harry Reid (D) 45%
Some other candidate 7%
Not sure 4%

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Source for all polls: Rasmussen Reports

New Jersey: Congressman Adler Caught Spending $63,000 in Taxpayer Money to Promote Himself

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Third District U.S. Rep. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) spent more than $62,000 of taxpayer money in the first quarter of this year to send informational mailers to his constituents.

That number put him fifth among all 435 members of the House of Representatives for the quarter, according to statistics from the House chief administrative officer. Last year, the freshman Democrat facing a spirited challenge for reelection from Republican Jon Runyan , spent more than $132,000 on the mailers, putting his 15 month total of $195,000 second among all legislators in the house.

The letters, known as franking letters, are paid for by taxpayers and are often compared to campaign literature by critics.

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