Rich Galen

But, according to the Gannett news service there are three polls which show that in the race for U.S. Senate the Republican challenger, Oshkosh businessman Ron Johnson, is leading incumbent DEMOCRATIC Senator Russ Finegold.

"Rasmussen Reports has Johnson leading Feingold 51 percent to 44 percent. Public Policy Polling has Johnson ahead 52-41 in a poll conducted over last weekend. And CNN/Time has Johnson up 51-45 percent among likely voters."

Democrats explained the polls by pointing out that the Rasmussen poll was taken right after Johnson won the primary and that the CNN/Time poll shows Finegold with a two percentage point lead among registered (but not likely) voters.

You are not likely to see Barack Obama in Morgantown, West Virginia anytime soon rallying support among Mountaineers. In West Virginia, the race to replace the late Senator Robert Byrd was supposed to be a walk-over for DEMOCRATIC Governor Joe Manchin (D). Oops!

According to Charleston TV station WSAZ:

"All eyes are on West Virginia as the race for Sen. Robert Byrd's unexpired term becomes tighter every day. A new poll now shows Republican John Raese with a slight lead, 48 percent to 46 percent."

Why? According to a Public Policy Poll, "Obama has a 30-64 approval rating in the state."

Political guru Charlie Cook wrote of the Senate:

"Eight of the 12 vulnerable Democratic seats are in the Toss Up column. The ones in the most danger are the open seats in Illinois and Pennsylvania and those of Sens. Harry Reid in Nevada, Russell Feingold in Wisconsin and Michael Bennet in Colorado."

Cook sees a GOP pick up of 7 or 8 but "could be as high as nine or 10. A GOP gain of 10 seats would flip control of that chamber."

Who would have thought that Harry Reid (DEMOCRAT-Nev) might be in a position to preside over a lame duck session in which he is the lame-duck-in-chief?

Nothing set in stone, but it looks like the DEMOCRATS are on the run.

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