Politics & Policy

Morning Senate Scan

Sen. John Cornyn likes the GOP’s chances in November:

Following the five-week August recess, Cornyn sees nothing on the seven-week political horizon that could significantly shift voters away from favoring Republicans. If anything, Cornyn asserted in a brief interview Monday evening, whatever happens on Capitol Hill during the September work period is more than likely to hamper Democratic efforts to resuscitate their political standing.

“I don’t think anything that happens here, for example, over the next few weeks, can make things any better for the Democrats. It could make things worse,” he said. “I think the trend line has been pretty consistent and is not going to change much between now and November.”

California: Sen. Barbara Boxer’s campaign released its first television ad, “Made in America.” Pretty tame stuff, certainly not the most exciting campaign material coming out of California. The race between Boxer and Republican Carly Fiorina is all tied up, according to the latest polls.

Connecticut: President Obama will attend two fundraisers in Connecticut this week for attorney general Richard Blumenthal. Blumenthal is ahead in the polls, but remains at a huge cash disadvantage against Republican opponent and former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment Linda McMahon, who has already spent $50 million of her own money on her campaign.

Washington: A new poll by Elway shows Sen. Patty Murray leading Republican Dino Rossi by a margin of 50 percent to 41 percent. The result is at odds with two other recent polls from Survey USA and Rasmussen that found Rossi in the lead. This latest poll acknowledges that given the current political climate, the race remains a toss up:

Although Murray is at 50% in this survey, there are enough “soft” supporters for each candidate, plus undecided voters and supporters of other candidates — not to mention time on the calendar — to determine the eventual outcome.

Andrew StilesAndrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...

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