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Jim DeMint, Determining Who’s Naughty and Nice


Jim DeMint’s making a list and checking it twice, gonna find out who’s gonna pay a price . . .

South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint (R) is turning his attention to 2012 and using the vote this week on an earmark moratorium to pick his Democratic targets.

DeMint sent an email to the supporters of his Senate Conservatives Fund early Wednesday highlighting four Democrats who voted against the earmark ban, are up for re-election in 2012 and sit in states that John McCain (R) carried in 2008: Sens. Jon Tester (Mont.), Ben Nelson (Neb.), Kent Conrad (N.D.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.).

I would not be surprised to see DeMint-backed GOP challengers to Claire McCaskill in Missouri, Jim Webb in Virginia, and Bill Nelson of Florida, as those are electorates that have swung rather heavily towards Republicans in recent years, and appear to be ripe territory for an aspiring conservative senator.

Any state that elects Roy Blunt by a healthy margin and rejects Obamacare by a wide margin (Missouri), elects Bob McDonnell and Ken Cuccinelli (Virginia), or elects Marco Rubio and Rick Scott (Florida) has at least potential to elect a DeMint-esque senator.

Tags: 2012 , Jim DeMint


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