GOP Senate Campaigns Seeing Red

The Republican National Committee tapped a $5 million line of credit Tuesday as part of a renewed effort to help GOP senators facing re-election difficulties, the party’s chairman said Tuesday.Robert M. Duncan said the party committee gave $2 million to the cash-strapped National Republican Senatorial Committee for use in the days before the Nov. 4 elections. “Unfortunately we had a downturn with the economic situation in the country and that appeared to put more of the seats in play.”

Here’s a list of the endangered Republican seats: Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Oregon and North Carolina. I believe it is safe to add Alaska, where “The Bridge to Nowhere Co-conspirator” Republican Sen. Ted Stevens was convicted Monday on seven (7) felony charges, faced an uphill fight to retain his seat against Anchorage, AK Mayor Mark Begich.

Additional Resources:

Huffington Post – 10/28/08 “GOP Takes Out Loan to Help Senate Candidates
Mark Begich for U.S. Senate – “U.S. Senate Campaign Website
Mayor’s Office of Anchorage, Alaska “Municipality of Anchorage Website
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) – “Senate Campaign Website
Bruce Lunsford (KY Democratic Candidate) – “Senate Campaign Website
Rep. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) – “Saxby Chambliss
Jim Martin (GA Democratic Candidate) – “Senate Campaign
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) – “Senate Campaign Website
Frm. State Rep. Erik Fleming (D-MS) – “Senate Campaign Website
Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) – “Senate Campaign Website
Al Franken (MN Democratic Candidate) – “Senate Campaign Website
Sen. John Sununu (R-NH) – “Senate Campaign Website
Frm. Gov. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) – “Senate Campaign Website
Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR) – “Senate Campaign Website
OR House Speaker Jeff Merkley (D-OR) – “Senate Campaign Website
Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) – “Senate Campaign Website
State Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) – “Senate Campaign Website