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Other Races to watch out for!

Yes, Massachusetts Senate Special makes the list (ranking 5 out of 5)…but the race I am personally most excited for is the Virginia Governors Race.  Click on the link above to see numbers 2 - 4.   

1. Virginia governor (R): We finally know what the matchup is going to look like here, with Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) passing on running as an independent. Bolling succumbed to the reality that it would just be very hard to raise the money necessary to run without a party, even though early polls suggest he would have been formidable in a race between two polarizing figures. For now, the matchup between Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R) and former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe has all the makings of a pure tossup, and neither man benefitted from Bolling’s opt-out. (Previous ranking: 1)

Other interesting facts to consider about the VA Gov. Race: 

  • In 2009 voter turnout was just 40%, much lower than the VA turnout in the 2008 presidential election just a year earlier 
  • Virginia has solidly moved into the swing state category…it has replaced Ohio as the state whose results most closely reflect those of the country.

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Ed Markey released his first TV spot.  In it he, and the voice overs, talk about gun control and Markey’s dedication to gun reform.  He regularly refers to the NRA: National Rifle Association, as the “Not Relevant Anymore.”  However as a first ad, introducing Ed to many who may not know him as a candidate or legislator, I think this clip is a misguided attempt.  It begins with an unrecognizable man waving a rifle and, in a sinister voice, saying “from my cold dead hands.”  This first ad should have been a positive an uplifting introduction of Ed to Massachusetts, highlighting issues that unique to him like energy.  Not once does he mention the state of MA or his “story,” things that could be compelling to audiences who are unfamiliar with him.  

"When the chips are down, we Democrats don’t agonize, we organize."

Ed Markey, 2/2/2013

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Ed Markey traveling around MA today after officially kicking off his 2013 Senate Campaign 

Ed Markey traveling around MA today after officially kicking off his 2013 Senate Campaign 

Markey Campaign Kickoff

Today Congressman Ed Markey officially announced his candidacy for the United States Senate.  After introductions from Carl Nilson, the Markey for Senate Field Director and local officials, Congressman Markey made his way to the stage 

"Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Ed Markey and I am running for United States Senate."

He went on to outline his vision for the state; the major takeaway was the desire to advance President Obama’s progressive agenda.  An idea that was conveyed many times is that Markey’s election would ensure Massachusetts have the best delegation in the country.   

"In Massachusetts we have a long history of senators who are not afraid to lead…I intend to run in that tradition," he said.

So that’s it…Markey is officially in.  Reports are saying that Scott Brown’s recent announcement that he would not be seeking election opened up the field in the Democratic Primary.  The Primary Election is slated for April 30.  

Scott Brown has officially announced he will not be seeking election in the MA Senate Special Election 

Scott Brown has officially announced he will not be seeking election in the MA Senate Special Election 

MassINC Polling Group Q1-2013 Omnibus Survey: Senate Special Predictions

Highlights from the link: 

In the general election, what if the Democratic party’s candidate were Ed Markey and the Republican party’s candidate were Scott Brown? Would you be more likely to vote for Republican Scott Brown or Democrat Ed Markey? Order rotated,

Scott Brown 53%   |    Ed Markey 31%   |   Another candidate (not read) 0%   |   Wouldn’t vote (not read) 3%   |   Don’t Know / Refused 12%