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FL-Gov: PPP's brand-new Florida poll shows that their January survey was no outlier—and that's some very bad news for GOP Gov. Rick Scott. As you can see, he's still mired at about 40 percent (trendlines in parentheses):

• 40-52 vs. ex-Gov. Charlie Crist (39-53)

• 37-44 vs. Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio (39-43)

• 40-45 vs. 2010 nominee Alex Sink (40-47)

• 42-36 vs. state Sen. Nan Rich (41-37)

There are many reasons for Scott's poor standing: enacting unpopular budget cuts, presiding over a lousy economy, and warring with the legislature certainly haven't helped his image. Lately, he's tried to turn things around by making nice with the same teachers he's previously ripped, and more notably, by doing an about-face on expanding Medicaid as encouraged by the Affordable Care Act. Neither seem to be helping, especially since Republican legislators are much more interested in pursuing their own Medicaid plans.

Indeed, the Florida GOP establishment seems pretty unhappy with Scott in general. The local press keeps asking prominent Republicans if they want to challenge their nominal leader in a primary, and while no one has taken the bait so far, no one has offered anything close to a full-throated defense of Scott either—or even a half-throated one. Tom Jensen keeps pursuing the question, too:

Only 42% of Republican primary voters say they want Scott to be their candidate again next year to 43% who say they would prefer someone else. It's moderate Republicans who really want to dump Scott (34/55) while ones identifying as "somewhat" (43/38) or "very" (46/42) conservative tepidly support him. Scott does at least lead named potential primary challengers at this point—it's 46/27 over [state AG] Pam Bondi, 48/24 over [Agriculture Commissioner] Adam Putnam, and 54/13 over [Rep.] Ted Yoho.
Probably the biggest thing holding people back is Scott's immense wealth: Even if someone like Bondi figures she could beat him in a primary, she'd have to endure an assault worth tens of millions of dollars for the privilege. That alone may ensure Scott is once again the GOP nominee. (Incidentally, PPP asked about Bondi last time, too, and while the movement is small, it's in her direction: Scott led her 49-25 in January.)

Whoever the Democratic nominee is will of course also have to endure a serious pummeling by Scott, though the prize still looks like it's Charlie Crist's for the taking. He continues to lead a hypothetical primary field with 50 percent; next closest is Sink with just 21. (These numbers are virtually unchanged since the last poll.) Crist's been mum ever since he switched parties and joined the Democrats, but with Scott continuing to rack up horrific poll numbers like these, the race has to look more tempting than ever.

Senate:

AR-Sen: Will Dem Sen. Mark Pryor have a tough re-election fight on his hands? Very probably. But is he actually down 43-35 in a hypothetical matchup with freshman Rep. Tom Cotton, as a new conservative poll claims? I seriously doubt it. The Club for Growth and the Senate Conservatives Fund are pushing these numbers from Basswood Research, but if the implausibly low toplines for Pryor aren't enough to set your spidey sense tingling, try this: The two groups are also claiming they conducted a January poll that had Pryor's favorables at 53-25. In their new survey (in the field this month), they say Pryor's dropped all the way to a 36-36 rating, supposedly thanks to a "series of ads" they've run "tying him to President Obama." Sorry, not believing that.

MA-Sen: Dem Rep. Stephen Lynch is out with his second ad; like his first, it's a biographical spot, except this time, it features all sorts of reg'lar people proclaiming "I am Stephen Lynch" because they share some blue collar-ish characteristic with him (like going to college at night or being an ironworker). There's no word on the size of the buy this time.

Gubernatorial:

WI-Gov: GOP Gov. Scott Walker's job approvals look pretty much the same as ever in Marquette's new poll: 50 percent positive versus 44 percent negative. In October, it was 49-44. Marquette didn't ask any hypothetical head-to-head matchups for the 2014 gubernatorial race.

House:

NY-13: For the past couple of cycles, prognosticators and politicians have wondered whether this will finally be the year that Rep. Charlie Rangel retires. But Rangel, an octogenarian whose reputation suffered badly in recent times thanks to a host of ethical violations that led to a formal censure by the House, hasn't shown much interest in leaving, despite winning the Democratic primary by barely more than a thousand votes over state Sen. Adriano Espaillat last June. So he's likely to face another battery of challengers if he sticks it out again, and the first one out the gate is a guy who sought to unseat him in 2010: former Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV. Powell, who lost 51-23 three years ago and then endorsed Rangel last time, has now filed paperwork with the FEC, but he hasn't formally launched a campaign yet.

OR-03: Dem Rep. Earl Blumenauer is well-known for his interest in transportation issues, but he says he doesn't want to replace Ray LaHood as Secretary of Transportation. (LaHood has said that he'd like to step down from the job but will stay on until a successor is chosen.)

SC-01: Unsurprisingly, ex-Gov. Mark Sanford earned one of two spots in the GOP runoff after last night's special primary in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District. Sanford took 37 percent of the vote—far ahead of his nearest rival, but well below the 50 percent mark needed to clinch the Republican nomination outright. Second place is far less clear, though. With 100% of precincts reporting, former Charleston City Councilor Curtis Bostic finished with 13 percent, but state Sen. Larry Grooms was fewer than 500 votes back at 12 percent. Grooms did not concede and is preparing for a recount.

There's precious little time for one, though, with the second round of voting scheduled for April 2. If things drag out, it could help Sanford seal the deal in two weeks' time and make it harder for anti-Sanford forces to coalesce around whomever his opponent turns out to be. Whatever happens, though, the eventual winner of the Republican nomination will take on Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of TV personality Stephen Colbert, on May 7.

Grab Bag:

WATN?: Republican ex-Rep. Mary Bono Mack already said she won't run for office ever again. Now she's sealed that with a new DC lobbying gig at FaegreBD Consulting.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 05:00 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

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    by David Nir on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 05:00:10 AM PDT

  •  Our Politicians. (5+ / 0-)

    Every time I feel down about our politicians, I just look to the Eurozone and immediately feel better. Their politicians are such a curious mixture of incompetence and doddering neoliberal cluelessness.

    Get a load of Cypriot politics. The ruling right-wing party negotiated a bailout deal by taking 10% of everyone's money from the bank. Russians have huge amounts of money in Cypriot banks, and the Russian government went predictably apeshit over the proposal. Of course, the Russian government owns the terms to loans to the Cypriot government. If the Cypriots thought that was a good way to negotiate with their creditors, I think they will be given a rude awakening.

    Today the proposal got laughed out of parliament. The ruling party, which negotiated the deal, actually had the gall to abstain. The mind boggles.

    http://www.snappac.org/ Students for a New American Politics!

    by redrelic17 on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 05:22:26 AM PDT

    •  Entitled elites always feel, well, entitled to do (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      LordMike, pelagicray

      whatever they want and the help can just wait for their plates at the back door.  
      When the media wingers here yammer on about the US becoming first Greece and then Cypress and blame everything on that most evil of forces--government--we have to leap up and point the arrows at the parties fouling things up over there.  Those shipping magnates and other wealthy folks in Greece have been playing catch me if you can with their tax collectors for decades.  Greece, Cypress, and the US just aren't grateful enough for our tax-evading 1%.

      Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

      by judyms9 on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 06:25:31 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Those "yammering" loudest are precisely the ones (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        judyms9

        that would take us to the state of Greece and then some banana republic state. We are well on the way with top income tax sheltering and downright avoidance and a crumbling infrastructure.

        The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

        by pelagicray on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 08:18:19 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Charlie Crist is not even close to being liberal (11+ / 0-)

    but if he runs, I will vote for him in the primary because he has the best chance of beating Scott.  At least Charlie will be "do no harm" for the environment and education in Florida.  While most Floridians do not know it yet, Florida's water quality is at a crisis point.  Florida's environment will not survive another four years of Rick Scott.

    "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

    by gulfgal98 on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 05:31:22 AM PDT

    •  Nah, we need somebody like Kendrick Meek. (5+ / 0-)

      Ugh.

      (Seriously, tho: Bet Charlie will be more liberal now than he was as a Repub or independent. Remember, he had to protect his right flank before. Now, it doesn't matter.)

      "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

      by Bush Bites on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 06:05:02 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  My take on Charlie (0+ / 0-)

        Charlie is a native Floridian, unlike Rick Scott.  He has a strong appreciation for the environment and had recently campaigned against off shore drilling.  Charlie comes from a family of teachers and is supportive of public education.

        On social issues, Charlie is okay and much better than any Rethug.  But the biggest problem I have seen with Crist is that he has never met a tax cut that he did not like.  Still, he is much better than Scott and still very popular with voters.  Honestly Crist is a nice guy who, unlike Scott, is not afraid to walk around in downtown Tallahassee.

        "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

        by gulfgal98 on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 02:37:03 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  If I was a Floridian (0+ / 0-)

      I would be conflicted who to vote for in a primary.  On the one hand, I believe that people who switch from the GOP should be strongly welcomed; we do not have a good history of welcoming switchers (see Forbes, Michael and Specter, Arlen) while the GOP has an excellent history of doing so (see Gramm, Phil).  On the other, Sink is an excellent candidate. I'm thinking maybe Sink in primary, but would happily vote Crist in the general.  Perhaps a Crist-Sink ticket?  Sink would provide a good contrast to the woman who just resigned the LG post ahead of getting indicted.

      "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

      by TLS66 on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 06:42:13 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  the elites wanted Specter, not PA Dem voters (3+ / 0-)

        The DC elites wanted Specter, aided by his crony, neighbor and former employee, Ed Rendell.  Most Democratic voters, including many Dem party activists (the people who, every election primary and general, make the phone calls, walk the street lists, pass out fliers at the polls, donate what $ they can spare) who had been trying to defeat Republican-enabler Arlen Specter for 30 long years did NOT want self-serving convertee and ancient 80+ year old Specter as our Senate nominee.  I for one recall that Specter campaigned in south Florida for G W Bush in the last weeks of the 2000 campaign vs Gore.   Specter in his own voice made robo-calls (I heard his call to me at my residence) in the last months when he was still a Republican praising that "dynamic national leader Sarah Palin".  Even during the 2010 campaign as a Democrat, Specter continued to say that if he had to vote all over again he would still vote for McCain / Palin over Obama / Biden.  Besides, he was a sure loser in the general election if he gotten the nomination - the GOP voters loathed him and would have walked over broken glass to vote against him and half of Democrats felt the same after 30 years.

      •  I'd be surprised if Sink ran (2+ / 0-)
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        gulfgal98, jncca

        There might have been a decent chance but since her husband sadly died young, I get the sense that has really affected her thinking (she used him for political guidance as he ran for guv in 2002) and she doesn't seem to genuinely want the job.

      •  No Sink will not run (0+ / 0-)

        Her husband, Bill McBride died suddenly in Dec.  IMO,  Sink was not a very good candidate anyway.

        "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

        by gulfgal98 on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 02:31:35 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Scott's Medicaid plan is a hoax. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    LordMike

    The T-Pub legislature will never pass it. They want a privatized Medicaid with recipients paying premiums. Scott's plan is election year politics.

    As for Charlie Crist: He's about as liberal as President Obama, which is to say, not very. But he's popular in Florida and can win an election.

    •  Very important to call out quack Medicaid plans (0+ / 0-)

      Obama and Sebelius have already lent credibility to GOP stooge governors and their "plans" for corrupt privatization of Medicaid by offering to consider them.

      Slippery slope, WH.  You know what's going to happen.

      It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

      by Betty Pinson on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 06:34:36 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  It's amazing that those who've been shivved (0+ / 0-)

      by their own parties like Crist don't seem to rethink that core principle known as the Golden Rule, but perhaps it is now the  core principle of  just the left.  Rob Portman, are you pondering your relationship with the GOP?  Perhaps the Independent category will start crowding up with GOP pariahs to the point where the GOP and TP will dwindle into sects or survivalist camps only.

      Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

      by judyms9 on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 06:34:52 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  The Teachers will never see a dime of the $2,500 (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    judyms9, geoneb

    That's another hoax.  Not only do I want to see Scott go but also the entire Republican Ticket.

    Alex Sink should never again run for any office - she ran an awful campaign that put Scott in there in the first place.

  •  Re Mary Bono Mack (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ChadmanFL, Gygaxian

    A prime example of an incompetent celebrity wannabe in public office.  

    It kind of makes you wonder why Obama's team is opposed to a highly qualified candidate like Ashley Judd when fools like Mary Bono are elected and re-elected.  

    I hope Team Obama backs off from their behind the scenes attacks on Ashley Judd.

    It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

    by Betty Pinson on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 06:31:42 AM PDT

    •  Where did you hear that Obama was opposed (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Aquarius40, askew

      to having Ashley Judd for KY-Sen?

      "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

      by TLS66 on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 06:43:22 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Kentucky democrats want her out (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Aquarius40

        Not sure but they think she will hurt the party because she is a raging Hollywood living. Not sure why ,I think she has as good a chance as anyone to oust McConnell with her fund raising potential.
        Boils down to a Kentucky democrat  is basically a moderate republican anywhere else.

        •  The argument (0+ / 0-)

          is it gives McConnell an excuse to run on something other than his own record.

          I haven't heard anything negative from OFA about her as a candidate - though people who were on the rural RV tour with her may have some thoughts about doing that again.

          Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

          by Loge on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 07:07:19 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  my question for people who think she'd do as (0+ / 0-)

          well or better than a real Kentucky Democrat is: where does she get the votes?  Kentucky Dems still depend on getting a lot of votes in rural eastern and also western Kentucky, where Obama did awfully.  Lets assume she does a bit better among those voters than Obama.  After all, she is a native Kentuckian and not from Kenya (obvious snark is obvious).  Not as good as a Kentucky Democrat, though.  She'd still need to get a lot more votes to even be competitive.  Where do they come from?  The cities, even Louisville, aren't that liberal or that big.  If they were, Obama would've gotten more votes.  

          ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

          by James Allen on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 08:20:34 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  She grew up in Kentucky, right? (0+ / 0-)

            What makes her different from her fellow Kentucky Democrats?  

            Having a candidate with a high public profile enables them to reach voters in the most effective way - by selling them on the ideals and policies that their party stands for.

            Dems have spent too much time trying to lure voters by talking like Republicans.  When voters become disenchanted with Republicans, as they are now,  there's no defined alternative for them.  Dems haven't defined themselves to voters.

            It's going to take high profile Democrats who can garner attention and talk persuasively like Democrats to win over these voters.

            It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

            by Betty Pinson on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 10:31:40 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  you didn't at all answer my question. (0+ / 0-)

              to answer yours, she's much further to the left, anti-coal, hasn't lived there in years, and unlike the "Kentucky Democrats" I was referring to has not been elected to statewide office in Kentucky before.

              ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

              by James Allen on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 10:43:37 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

              •  Are there any other KY Dems (0+ / 0-)

                who have a chance of winning McConnell's seat?  Judd has polled very favorably against him.

                I don't usually like to interfere in local Dem politics, but its been frustrating to see McConnell remain in office while so many good Dem candidates' campaigns go down in flames.

                It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

                by Betty Pinson on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 11:13:48 AM PDT

                [ Parent ]

                •  yes (0+ / 0-)

                  the governor would probably beat him but isn't interested.  Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes would probably be our best shot, and she's being courted by the Clintons to run, supposedly.  She received the highest portion of the vote of any Democrat in the 2011 state elections, over 60% statewide.

                  Others like the state auditor might be okay candidates, but probably wouldn't be able to beat him.

                  ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

                  by James Allen on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 01:12:52 PM PDT

                  [ Parent ]

      •  Its been in the political grapevine for weeks (0+ / 0-)

        Her record advocating for the environment and other causes has drawn sharp attention from the neoliberal contingent, including the Cat Food Commission crowd.

        It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

        by Betty Pinson on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 10:27:27 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  You know what? (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Odysseus

    It couldn't be happening to a nicer guy :)

    Oust Sick Rott. End his career.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 06:31:43 AM PDT

  •  Ohio's Kasich using federal jobs money (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    LordMike

    to help local cities and counties get rid of police, fire and EMS unions.

    A friend recently sent me a copy of  grant application from a right wing, wealthy suburb seeking funds from JOBSOHIO (the private non-profit under investigation by the auditors office) to combine fire, EMS and police services with surrounding "red" suburbs.   The intention is to cut jobs and ultimately, get rid of the unions in these areas.

    Ohio's cities have been suffering from all the tax cuts Ohio GOP governors passed in the last decade.  They're now starving for funds and looking to reduce costs by outsourcing to private contractors or undermining union workers.

    How does this classify as jobs creation?

    It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. FDR

    by Betty Pinson on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 06:40:23 AM PDT

  •  Nan Rich isn't the answer (0+ / 0-)

    The Dem caucuses in  the legislature did not effectively work against this set of redistricting. Rich in particular far too moderated her response to the perversion of Baker Car and the two referendums (referendae?) voters passed over GOP objection.

    Have you heard? The vice president's gone mad. - Bob Dylan, 1966

    by textus on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 06:52:30 AM PDT

    •  Dems in the legislature are pretty powerless (0+ / 0-)

      does it really matter?

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 08:21:33 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  With or w/o Medicaid Scott is still a Dick. (0+ / 0-)

    Psst!!!......Mittens you are more of a poor loser than I thought.

    by wbishop3 on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 06:56:54 AM PDT

  •  I'm excited for the recount (0+ / 0-)

    to reach the runoff.  

    All you people making fun of Mark Sanford don't believe in True Love, and I won't stand for it.

    Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

    by Loge on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 07:04:15 AM PDT

  •  Second time in a week that VA governor candidate (0+ / 0-)

    Ken Cuccinelli II (The Kook, The Cooch, etc.) has been featured in a Washington Post editorial.

    Today it is "Ken Cuccinelli’s airbrushed policies" dealing with formerly strongly stated positions vanishing. On the 17th it was "Cuccinelli misleads Virginians on transportation" with the punch line of how he likes "tell people that whatever they think of his views, he’s a straight shooter. The reality is that for years he has been peddling the fantasy that roads can be built for free." now that he is running for governor. Today's opinion deals with an embarrassing little situation with a response could sums up this character's entire career.

    As recently as November, Mr. Cuccinelli’s campaign Web site boasted of his uncompromising positions on illegal immigration, including opposing tuition subsidies for undocumented students (even if they grew up in Virginia), firing state contractors who employ illegal immigrants and stepping up deportations and employment verification.

    But clicking Tuesday on a link to the campaign site’s immigration policy page brought up the following: “This is somewhat embarrassing, isn’t it? It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for.

    Beyond manic anti-abortion, anti-science and anti-federal there is nothing to find in the man. Now he is airbrushing this sort of thing out of his current positions:
    As a lawmaker in 2008, Mr. Cuccinelli was chief sponsor of a bill urging a Constitution rewrite to strip the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants of their right to citizenship. He authored legislation that would have denied jobless benefits to certain employees for not speaking English. He pushed through a bill that allowed localities to investigate and punish crowded boardinghouses, which he called “one of the most common side effects of illegal immigration.”

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 08:33:00 AM PDT

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