Next Democratic Senate leader to get booted: Harry Reid?

Those who follow politics know that the mid-term election following a Presidents first term produce big changes in the balance of government.  It happened in 1994 during President Clinton’s First term.  It happened to President Bush in 2002, and it will happen in 2010.  Early Polls are showing a possible shift of 30 seats to the GOP in the House and 5 seats in the Senate.  Those who are pointing to President Obama’s failed policy’s and un-kept promises should take a short course in political history. 

What is New?  It is very rare for a Senate leader to be in Jeopardy.  Senator Harry Reid is failing in the polls and a possible shift in Senate leadership could come to pass.  Not a shift to GOP power but another Democrat will probably become the new Senate leader in 2010.

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Senate majority leader Harry Reid faces an uphill battle to keep his seat in the 2010 election, putting him at risk of becoming the second consecutive leader of Senate Democrats to get turned out of office by home-state voters.

“Former boxer Senator Harry Reid is on the ropes early,” the Las Vegas Review Journal said Sunday, reporting that a Mason-Dixon Polling & Research poll showing either of two likely Republican opponents “would knock out Reid in a general election.”

Reid on the ropes

Reid trails Danny Tarkanian, a real estate professional and former University of Nevada-Las Vegas basketball star, 38 percent to 49 percent. The Senate majority leader trails state GOP Chairman Sue Lowden 40 percent to 45 percent. The poll was conducted Aug. 17 and 18 and has a margin of error of 5 percentage points.

When asked at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters in March about the challenge of running the Senate and running for re-election himself in 2010, Reid said, “I am not going to change anything. I have always been who I am. People in Nevada know that. Some people like who I am. Others don’t. I have watched other senators try to change who they are during an election cycle. I think it is real ugly and I am not going to do that.” Reid said he had raised $2 million for his re-election in the most recent reporting period. “I feel comfortable that I will be competitive,” he said.

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