Donald Lambro

The nightly network news media has focused on her dyed-in-the-wool conservatism, but never mentions that Reid not only trails her in the polls but also trailed all GOP contenders for many months. His dismal approval rating in the state has been stuck around 40 percent.

Nevada's unemployment rate is 13.7 percent, and it has the highest foreclosure and bankruptcy rates in the country. Nearly one-quarter of the Democrats in Tuesday's primary voted for someone other than Reid.

A Rasmussen poll of likely voters Wednesday showed Angle with 50 percent support and Reid at 39 percent.

-- South Carolina: State Rep. Nikki Haley batted down adultery allegations late in her campaign and has positioned herself for a June 22 runoff for the GOP's gubernatorial nomination, which she should easily win.

But it was a state senator's racist remark that referred to her as "raghead" that angered many voters and only further boosted her support.

Articulate, stylish and supremely confident, she is being touted as one of the GOP's rising stars. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who campaigned for her, helped propel her candidacy in the conservative state. If she wins the governorship, she is destined to become a major figure in Republican politics.

-- Arkansas: While Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln survived her party primary and subsequent runoff Tuesday against an AFL-CIO-backed rival, she faces strong opposition in November.

The latest polls show her trailing Republican John Boozman by 20 points. Perhaps no single issue has damaged Lincoln more than her vote for Obama's healthcare plan, which remains unpopular in the state, especially among its large senior population.

Her primary fight has created deep divisions among Democrats in the state, particularly among rank-and-file unions because of her opposition to card-check legislation that would effectively ban the secret ballot in union elections. Unless the political climate changes dramatically in Arkansas, this seat becomes another GOP pickup.

The news media has been playing this election year as one that is just anti-incumbent, but it has really turned into something much more than that.

Democrats control both houses of Congress whose legislative policies are responsible for just about everything the voters are unhappy about: The nearly 10 percent unemployment rate in a jobless recovery, annual trillion-dollar budget deficits as far as the eye can see, a national debt that has gone over $13 trillion this year, an unpopular healthcare bill that is already killing job creation, and plans to raise taxes to pay for Obama's cradle-to-grave social-welfare programs.

This wave election is shaping up to be a referendum on the ruling party in Congress and the Obama presidency.


Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.



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