The Top Priority Senate Races For Conservatives

This will be an excellent year for the GOP but conservative Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate are struggling in a variety of races. We spoke with officials of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and a variety of conservative activists to develop a list of top targets. We asked them who are the candidates who most need money and volunteers. The responses we received are listed below.
They begin with the close or toss-up races, followed by races that are considered ”Leans Republican”, and finally the “Solid Republican” states. At the bottom are the safe Democratic seats. To recapture the Senate, Republicans need to win ten states, and the top prospects are:

TOSS UP (7 Races)

California: Carly Fiorina

Currently: Fiorina 48%, Boxer 47% Other Candidate 2%

Colorado: Ken Buck

Currently: Ken Buck (R) 49%, Michael Bennet (D) 45%, Some other candidate 3%, Not sure 3%

Illinois: Mark Kirk

Currently: Mark Kirk (R) 41%, Alexi Giannoulias (D) 37%, LeAlan Jones (G), 9%, Some other candidate 5% Not Sure

Nevada: Sharon Angle:

Currently: Sharon Angle 48% Harry Reid (D) 48% Some other candidate 2% Not sure 3%

Washington: Dino Rossi:

Currently: Dino Rossi (R) 48%, Patty Murray (D) 46% Some Other Candidate 3% Not Sure 3%

Wisconsin: Ron Johnson:

Currently: Ron Johnson (R) 47%, Russ Feingold (D) 46%, Some Other Candidate 1% Not Sure 5%

West Virginia: John Raese:

Currently: John Raese (R) 45%, Joe Manchin (D) 50%, Some other candidate 2% Not sure 3%

LEAN GOP (6 Races)

Alaska: Joe Miller:

Florida: Marco Rubio:

Missouri: Roy Blunt:

New Hampsire: Kelly Ayotte:

Ohio: Rob Portman:

Pennsylvania: Pat Toomey:


Connecticut: Linda McMahon:

Delaware: Christine McDonnell:

16 Races are solid GOP: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah.

6 Races are solid Democratic: Hawaii, Maryland, New York, New York (special) Oregon, Vermont

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