Swing State Open Seats Could Stay With Republicans

Swing State Open Seats Could Stay With Republicans


With the announced retirement of Republican Senators Mel Martinez (FL), Kit Bond (MO) and George Voinovich (OH), 2010 could be a tough year for the GOP in these three swing states. But the outlook isn’t all bad.

In 2008, Republicans had a difficult time finding candidates who could compete for open seats. This time around, the party is better prepared. According to Politico, the names we should be paying attention to are former state House Speaker Marco Rubio in Florida, former U.S. House Minority Whip Roy Blunt in Missouri and former Rep. Rob Portman in Ohio. All three men have significant government experience, strong fund-raising bases and are generally well liked.

Adding to Republican prospects is the fact that, if either of these men fail to grab the nomination, each state has other potential candidates who could compete well on a state-wide level.

Democrats also have strong prospects in these three states and will undoubtedly do everything they can to capture the seats and move that much closer to a Senate super-majority. Of course, the problem for Democrats is swing states have a habit of swinging. If the state of the nation does not improve by 2010, voters may turn against the Democrats. If they do, Republicans look surprisingly well-positioned to retain their seats in Florida, Missouri and Ohio.

  • http://itsthe21stcenturystupid.wordpress.com/ Jim S

    The interesting question in Missouri is whether or not Blunt’s son has tarnished the family name. Blunt may be popular in his section of the state but his son is the former governor of Missouri for a reason. His popularity after the Republicans slashed Medicaid plunged almost to Bush levels. The Democrats are talking about Robin Carnahan running. I think she would have a very good shot at defeating Blunt should he choose to run.

  • Alistair

    Roy Blunt will always be popular in my district in Greene county & Southwestern Missouri because of his Pro-life stance. There as been talk that he may run for Senate and his son may take his seat and run for congress, which i doubt. Ken Hulsolf or Sarah Steelman will most likely be running during the Republican Primary while Robin Carnahan will run of the Democratic side.

  • http://itsthe21stcenturystupid.wordpress.com Jim S

    Alistair, I have no doubt that Blunt will stay popular in his part of the state. I just question his popularity outside of the southern parts of Missouri.