Friday, July 03, 2009

Forget Roy & Robin, in '10 Follow the National Mood


Former Republican U.S. Congressman Tom Davis suggested Thursday that Missouri's 2010 U.S. Senate race will be one of top nationwide targets -- but could ultimately be decided by national trends rather than personal stories of the individual candidates.

Davis made his comments on MSNBC's Hardball, in response to questions from NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd.

"Missouri, in particular is a trend state, although Obama lost it, it was very, very close. (Sen. Claire) McCaskill came in on a Democratic tide after she lost a gubernatorial election in a more Republican time, so these are trend states. They're large states. It's harder to personalize them. And incumbents can become vulnerable to national trends in those states in particular," Davis said, when asked about Missouri and Ohio.

Todd suggested, and Davis agreed, that if one of the parties is able to sweep the 2 open U.S. Senate seats in Missouri and Ohio -- that party will be declared the winner of the 2010 midterms.

Added Davis: "The midterm elections are less about the Republicans than they are about the Democrats."

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