SO YOU'RE SAYIN' THERE'S A CHANCE . . ?
CQ SWITCHES 4TH DISTRICT RATING
Congressional Quarterly has switched it's ranking for Missouri's 4th District Congressional race from "Safe Democratic" to "Democrat Favored."
Greg Giroux writes, "After cruising for many years over little-known opponents in west-central Missouri's 4th District, Skelton appears certain to face a challenge next year from a Republican with a track record of success in state legislative elections."
Giroux is referring to State Sen. Bill Stouffer and former state Rep. Vicky Hartzler, two GOP candidates who have announced they're challenging Skelton in 2010.
"This, in turn, has prompted CQ Politics to change its rating on the race from 'Safe Democratic,' which denotes a non-competitive election, to 'Democrat Favored,' which means there is at least a possibility that a highly competitive race may develop," writes CQ.
"This rating hardly means that Skelton is in dire trouble at this juncture," CQ adds.
Skelton won 66% of the vote in 2008 and 68% in 2006. His toughest race was in 1982 against Republican Rep. Wendell Bailey.
More on Skelton, Hartzler and the race for the 4th in posts BELOW.