Campaign 2006: Last Week's Winners & Losers
After spending the last week away from politics, The Fix is back and ready to go. But before we move forward, let's recap some of the winners and losers from the past seven days to get you (and me) caught up.
* Rep. Mark Green (R-Wisc.): Green benefits mightily from Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker's decision to drop from the gubernatorial contest last week. Walker cited Green's considerable financial edge as his main reason for bowing out. His decision leaves Green in a one-on-one fight with Gov. Jim Doyle (D). Other than the open seat race in Iowa, the Wisconsin contest is now Republicans' best chance at a pickup opportunity. In the last Friday gubernatorial line, we ranked it as the seventh most likely race to turn over.
* Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.): Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth's victory -- albeit narrow -- in the Illinois 6th district primary was a major win for Emanuel. He personally recruited Duckworth into the contest and helped her raise cash from a variety of national sources. The open seat remains a difficult challenge for Democrats as President George W. Bush carried it with 53 percent in 2004 -- nine points better than his showing statewide. Although Rep. Henry Hyde (R) is retiring after sixteen terms, Republicans are confident that state Sen. Peter Roskam (R) will hold the district.
* Ex-Safeco CEO Mike McGavick (R-Wash.): McGavick's Senate bid got a nice boost from Arizona Sen. John McCain last week who hosted a fundraiser for the Washington State candidate. McGavick's campaign proved its savvy by webcasting both men's speeches live. McGavick is trying to present himself as a populist outsider and an appearance with McCain is sure to further that idea. So, too, will McGavick's latest television ad. " I don't think all the people in Congress are bad folk," McGavick says. " I just think somehow being back there they have lost touch -- lost touch with our anxiety about these issues and lost touch with the fundamental optimism that we can do this together."
* Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.): Lieberman became the talk of the liberal blogosphere last week after he decided to call into a radio show to respond to a columnist criticizing him in the Hartford Courant. Lieberman's comments are sure to drive dollars to the campaign of his primary race opponent, Ned Lamont. The challenger scored another victory by winning the support of 16 of the 22 Greenwich Democratic Town Commiteemen. While the results are non-binding and also took place in Lamont's base of support, they give some credibility to his challenge to the powerful incumbent.
* Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.): The decision by state Sen. Bob Keenan (R) to challenge Burns in the June 6 primary adds another complication to the incumbent's chances at winning re-election. While Keenan's announcement was certainly strange (he emailed the Associated Press while on vacation), it is likely that he will make Burns' ties to former lobbyist Jack Abramoff a major issue over the next few months. Keenan has said he is running so that Republicans have a "viable option they can be proud of."
March 27, 2006; 12:11 PM ET
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