VA-Sen: Sen Jim Webb to Announce He Will NOT Seek Re-election in 2012

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061027georgeallenandjim VA Sen Poll Watch: Jim Webb 49% Vs. George Allen 45%

Former Virginia Senator George Allen and Senator Jim Webb

Guess former Republican Senator George Allen who is running in 2012 for his old seat will have to find another opponent.
Virginia Senator Jim Webb plans to announce today that he won’t seek reelection, a senior Senate source said.

Webb appeared likely to face a rematch with former Senator George Allen, whom he beat in a bruising 2006 contest. He had expressed ambivalence about the prospect of another run, and has said he never planned a life in politics.

Senate Democratic leaders view Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, the former Virginia governor, as a top prospect to replace him, despite Kaine’s disavowals that he’s looking at the race.

It would have been more than likely that George Allen wold have been able to beat Webb in a 2012 race – so Webb took the easy way out and retired.

Good riddance – Webb is a miserable person and POL.

VA-Sen: Does Lackluster Fundraising Say Sen. Jim Webb is Out?

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061027georgeallenandjim VA Sen Poll Watch: Jim Webb 49% Vs. George Allen 45%

Former Virginia Senator George Allen and Senator Jim Webb

Virginia is not a small state and Senator Jim Webb’s fundraising has been poor. Is it because he is NOT running for re-election?
It’s a natural and defensible impulse to try to draw conclusions about Virginia Sen. Jim Webb’s lackluster fundraising quarter.

Reports by The Hill and then USA Today that the Marine only raised $12,000 during the final three months of the year immediately lead to the conclusion that Webb is less likely to pursue a second term.

But there might not be a senator’s financial report that’s less instructive than Jim Webb’s.

It’s no secret he doesn’t enjoy the game of politics, let alone the unseemly and draining process of raising money.  And if those who claim to know him best are being forthright, it’s just as possible that Webb wants to truly settle on a decision before he slugs through dialing for dollars in a secluded, colorless room at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Webb enters 2011 with just $440,000 on hand.  To put things in perspective, while that number will undoubtedly fall on the low end of the fundraising spectrum, it’s not significantly less than some of his colleagues, like Sen. Jon Tester and Sen. Jeff Bingaman.

Yes, those are smaller, cheaper states.  But to be sure, Webb isn’t really even trying yet.

Looks to me that Webb lacks the “fire in his belly” to run against George Allen again – especially with 2012 expected not to be as good for Democrats as 2006 when President George W. Bush was under seige from the Iraq War.

But, if Webb decides to run, it will be a tough campaign in a rematch with George Allen.

Former U.S. Senator George Allen Ready to Start Campaign Against Democrat Senator Jim Webb for his Former Seat

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Former Virgiinia Senator George Allen

Good for Allen.

George Allen, the former U.S. senator and Virginia governor, plans to tell supporters within a week that he is mounting a campaign to retake the Senate seat he lost to Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) in 2006. Allen, 58, the most prominent 2012 challenger to announce so far, has begun to line up key staff members. Webb, 64, who won by 1 percent, has sent mixed signals about whether he will seek reelection. DNC Chairman Tim Kaine, a former Virginia governor who could be the Democratic nominee if Webb bowed out, has been telling friends he thinks Webb will run. The rematch could be one of the hottest races in the country, especially if President Obama’s reelection campaign plays hard in the Old Dominion.

Everyone, including me went after him for his MACACA comment which he made against a Democrat Party “tracker” who was videoing Allen’s every move. This Alinsky type tactic was early in its implementation and Allen fell for the trap.

It cost him a very close election. But, Democrat Senator Webb has been not an exemplary Senator and Virginia has been growing “RED.”

George Allen has an excellent chance against Jim Webb.

But, the campaign will be BRUTAL.

GOP NRSC Targets Montana, Virginia, Nebraska, Florida and North Dakota in 2012 Senate Races

Posted Posted in Election 2012, George Allen, Jim Webb, Jon Tester, Kent Conrad, National Republican Senatorial Committee

Montana Democrat U.S. Senator Jon Tester – a GOP target in 2012

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has released its target list for 2012.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has its eyes on five key races that could pave the way for the GOP to take the majority in the upper chamber in 2012.

NRSC Executive Director Ron Jesmer said in an interview with CNN published Wednesday that the committee believes there is “fertile ground” for Republicans gains in Montana, Virginia, Nebraksa, Florida and North Dakota.

Jesmer said that centrist Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson (D) is in “serious trouble and kind of in a league of his own,” and that Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) also “is in a lot of trouble.”

“There are other states where depending on if one candidate runs, there could be some other good challenges,” he added.

The official’s comments provide an early preview to the GOP’s strategy heading into the 2012 Senate campaign, when the party is expected to make gains on the Democrats and take the majority.

Montana, Nebraska and North Dakota were won by 2008 GOP presidential nominee John McCain. Florida and Virginia flipped from red to blue two years ago, but some see the states tilting back to the GOP after the party picked up a number of House seats in each state. 

Barring any GOP blow up in the next year, I see a relatively easy time for the GOP to take control of the Senate in 2012 – or at least come within a few seats, but have an in effect operating majority.

Ben Nelson in Nebraska is toast as are North Dakota’s Kent Conrad and Montana’s Jon Tester.

Former Virginia Senator George Allen has a good chance to best the irascible and weird Jim Webb (if he runs).

It will be good Dem Senate hunting for the GOP in 2012.