April 23, 2010 2 Comments
2010 is shaping to be a victorious year for the Washington State GOP. Half of the State Senate is up for re-election and this has the Democrats worried, particularly in the swing districts. Washington State was the only State that simultaneously elected Obama and saw a gain in Republicans in the State Legislature. Now, imagine this year!
Let’s start with Senator Chris Marr, 6th District. He was elected 4 years ago with 55% of the vote. This year he is considered very vulnerable as he is being challenged by Michael Baumgartner. In 2008, Kevin Parker, Republican, unseated a House Democrat in that District.
The GOP has a good shot in the 26th District. Marty McClendon is challenging Derek Kilmer. Derek Kilmer was elected in 2006 when he unseated then-Senator Robert Oke by only 343 votes. This is the year to take the seat back!
The 30th District is another target. Tony Moore is challenging the Senator Tracey Eide. The 30th District is led by 1 Republican and 1 Democrat in the House. If elected, Tony Moore will be the only Black Republican in the Washington State Legislature.
We will see a 2006 rematch this year in the 44th District. Dave Schmidt is running to get his seat back, which he lost 4 years ago to current Senator Steve Hobbs. I was told that polls conducted the by the Senate Republican Committee show Dave Schmidt ahead of the incumbent Democrat, by a comfortable margin. Steve Hobbs has the lowest re-electable numbers of any incumbent Senator in state. Expect this seat to turn red this year!
Senator Eric Oemig is another who is considered very vulnerable this year. The 45th District is one of those swing districts. Andy Hill, a Harvard Business School grad, is in for the seat.
Senator Claudia Kauffman, 47th District, is also in a very vulnerable situation. She was elected in 2006 with 52% of the vote. This year she is being challenged by moderate Republican Joe Fain.
Luke Esser’s old Senate seat is up for re-election this year. Incumbent Rodney Tom is being challenged by Gregg Bennett, a moderate. Rodney Tom was elected in 2006 with 53% of the vote. According to the PDC, Gregg Bennett currently has a war chest of $150,000, while Sen. Rodney Tom has under $40,000. This looks like a clear indication of the dissatisfaction with the Democrats and their tax and spend agenda.
Supposing Republicans gain all these 7 seats and lose none, the Republicans will be the majority party in the Senate with the balance of power being 25-24. Yes we can! I encourage all to get involved in any way possible. Donate your time and money, even if the candidate is not running in your district. This is a fight for the future of our state and will affect us all.