Saturday, November 15, 2008

UPDATE: Outlook for the Next Senate

In Alaska, Democrat Mark Begich has passed Republican incumbent Ted Stevens in their race for the US Senate. As of yesterday, Begich now leads Stevens by 814 votes. The before-mentioned 40,000 uncounted ballots will be completely tallie by Tuesday - the majority of them being counted today.

In Georgia, Democratic challenger Jim Martin is still within reach of upsetting GOP Senator Saxby Chambliss in their December runoff election. A Dailykos/Research 2000 poll shows Martin trailing Chambliss 49% - 46%. Pundits have long assumed that a runoff would favor Chambliss.

Meanwhile, in Minnesota, Democrat Al Franken filed a lawsuit for access to voter data of rejected absentee ballots in Ramsey County. According to the AP, the goal was for a favorable ruling to eventually be applied for the entire state.

Senate Democrats must win all three of these races in order to achieve a filibuster-proof majority. DSCC Chairman, Sen. Chuck Schumer, told reporters yesterday that this was possible but an "unlikely" prospect. Despite the electoral pessimism, Schumer said "but we certainly added enough Democratic seats in the Senate to create real change."

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