Campaign Update – 4/26/10
This past week, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed legislation that toughened state laws on illegal immigration; incidentally, Brewer’s polling numbers have improved against Terry Goddard, the Arizona Attorney General who once led Brewer in the polls. Brewer ascended to the governorship after Janet Napolitano became Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, and faces voters this November to win in her own right.
Meanwhile, recent discussion around the beltway has centered on the VAT (value-added tax). This would tax producers at all levels of production at a rate of how much “value” was added to a product – in this recession though, do we really need what would amount to a national sales tax? Surely the last thing we want is to follow continental Europe on the road to endless taxation.
Though former governors George Pataki (New York) and Tommy Thompson (Wisconsin) have decided not to run for Senate seats, it’s still possible to pull in the GOP’s best hope in Washington state, Dino Rossi. He polls well against incumbent Democratic senator Patty Murray, leading her by 10 points in a recent poll.
Georgia Senate Rasmussen Isakson* (R) 51% Thurmond (D) 35% (4/23)
Washington Senate Survey USA Rossi (R) 52% Murray* (D) 42% (4/24)
Arizona Governor Rasmussen Brewer* (R) 44% Goddard (D) 40% (4/21)
Arizona Governor Rasmussen Martin (R) 47% Goddard (D) 34% (4/21)
California Governor Rasmussen Whitman (R) 38% Brown (D) 44% (4/21)
Maryland Governor Rasmussen Ehrlich (R) 44% O’Malley* (D) 47% (4/23)
N. Hampshire Governor Rasmussen Stephen (R) 36% Lynch* (D) 47% (4/23)
Wisconsin Governor Rasmussen Walker (R) 46% Barrett (D) 44% (4/23)
Wisconsin Governor Rasmussen Neumann (R) 46% Barrett (D) 46% (4/23)
NH CD-01 PPP Guinta (R) 46% Shea-Porter* (D) 45% (4/22)
NH CD-02 PPP Bass (R) 47% Swett (D) 32% (4/22)