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What a hack! Lambro is underestimating Casey's edge over Ricky Santorum and over estimating Bill Scranton. People have forgotten William Worthless Scranton’s negatives. As the race heats up so will the questions about Scranton’s drug use, lack of meaningful job experience and involvement in a cult. Maybe the cult part is why Lambro is kneeling before Bill Scranton with his mouth open. Lanny Budd
"Democrats slip in some races
By Donald Lambro
November 17, 2005
Conventional wisdom among most of the political pundits and prophets here is that the Republican brand isn't selling so hot because of President Bush's decline in the polls.
But the conventional wisdom often turns out wrong in politics, and that may well be the case in 2006.
The White House and the Republicans are going through some tough times politically, no question about that. But so are the Democrats, even in the Northeast blue states where you would expect them to do well.
Democratic-leaning Pennsylvania is Exhibit A. Everyone knows Republican Sen. Rick Santorum is running behind his Democratic rival, state Treasurer Bob Casey Jr., who is 10 points ahead in most polls. But did you know Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell, up for re-election next year, is also in trouble?
In a survey that produced what independent pollster John Zogby called "stunning numbers," Mr. Rendell "is in a pitched battle, endangered by candidacies from either Bill Scranton, a former lieutenant governor and scion of a powerful political family, or Lynn Swann, the great Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver turned conservative novice political candidate."
Mr. Rendell, the tough-talking Keystone state governor who apparently is not well liked by Pennsylvanians, is in a statistical dead heat with Mr. Scranton, who just 3 points behind -- 44 to 41 percent. Mr. Swann is 4 points behind, 47 to 43 percent.
These are astonishing numbers at this early stage in the election cycle, suggesting a prominent Democratic governor from a major electoral state is in danger of being knocked off by the Republicans. Apparently, the GOP's brand is selling better in some states than pundits would have us believe and the Democratic brand is losing market share.