Rich Galen

Alan Mollohan has represented the 1st District of West Virginia since he was first elected in 1982. According to the Wall Street Journal. "Mollohan took over the seat that had been held by his father, Robert Mollohan, since 1968. His father had previously held the seat from 1952-1956 as well."

Last night the Mollohan Hereditary Congressional seat was lost in a primary election to State Senator Mike Oliverio. The Washington Post's Chris Cizzilla wrote:

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Mollohan, who is the first House member to lose a re-election bid in the 2010 cycle, had been damaged by ethics allegations over the last few years and Oliverio actually ran to the incumbent's ideological right -- castigating him for his vote in favor of President Obama's health care bill.

Mollohan was not one of those Members of Congress who has squeaked by in election after election until he finally lost a close one. In 2008 - two years ago - he won by the razor thin margin of 187,734 to … 130. That's 99.93 percent of the vote.

Last night he lost 56-44.

U.S. Senator Bob Bennett, Republican of Utah got knocked off in a GOP state party convention over the weekend, but convention politics (like caucus politics) is a different political animal from a primary or general election.

If you don't believe me, ask President Hillary Clinton if she would like to re-think her 2008 caucus state strategy.

Nevertheless, every incumbent in Washington who is up for re-election should re-evaluate their primary and/or general election plans.

In Pennsylvania, three recent polls show U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak running ahead of Republican-turned-Democrat U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter. The most recent Rasmussen poll has Sestak +5 in a survey of likely Democratic voters. Sestak is pointing out that, while he was still a Republican, Specter voted against confirming Obama's pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, to be Solicitor General of the United States.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced earlier this week it was bailing out of the special election in Hawaii which means that Republican Honolulu City Council member Charles Djou will probably win that seat which has been in Democratic hands for about 20 years.

Also in Pennsylvania, the special to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Jack Murtha will be held next Tuesday. The Daily Kos - the most influential Liberal blog - published a poll about 10 days ago which shows the republican, Tim Burns with a six-point lead.


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.