Romney's good news in Missouri (sorry, McCaskill)
The Kansas City Star
Missouri’s status as a bellwether state in presidential races was undercut in 2008, when its voters supported Republican John McCain but Democrat Barack Obama won the presidency.
The GOP’s Mitt Romney, at this point, sure must hope Missouri’s bellwether status returns in 2012.
(UPDATED AT 2 PM: The respected Nate Silver of NYT analyzes data and finds Romney has 76 percent chance of winning Missouri.)
A new telephone survey from the GOP-leaning Rasmussen Reports contains good news for Romney: He leads Obama 49 percent to 42 percent.
(But, yes, here’s the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling result from a week ago, showing Obama ahead by a mere 1 percent.)
(But, the respected Nate Silver of NYT analyzes data and finds Romney has 76 percent chance of winning Missouri.)
The Rasmussen news is far less encouraging for Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill.
She will be facing one of three main GOP challengers, who are fighting in the August primary to face her in the November general election.
Is McCaskill toast? Of course not. She still has the moxie to wage a determined fight against whoever emerges to challenge her.
However, given Obama’s less-than-popular status in Missouri, it doesn’t appear the president will have any coattail effect on McCaskill’s election this year. So don’t expect to see the president sweeping through the state on a regular basis.