Improved Outlooks in Two House Contests

Harold Johnson
Harold Johnson NC-08

Kristi Noem
Kristi Noem SD-AL

Over the past month since I first wrote this diary, The Battleground Contests for 2010, two improvements have occurred. The contest for the South Dakota at-large House seat is now rated by Real Clear Politics as leans GOP instead of toss-up, and the North Carolina 8th congressional district is now rated as a toss-up instead of leans Dem. While this is good news we can’t really get comfortable until after Tuesday November 2, 2010.

I think that Kristi Noems is helped a lot with John Thune at the top of the ticket this year in South Dakota, and there are more registered Republicans than Democrats in the Rushmore State. Ken Blanchard of South Dakota Politics recently wrote an excellent blog about Kristi Noems. I encourage you to read the entire piece here.

My thinking on the contest in North Carolina may upset some conservatives, but it is what it is. Harold Johnson, a former sportscaster in Charlotte, is less fiery and conservative than his primary opponent, and this makes him a more formidable opponent in North Carolina against Larry Kissell. This is the thinking of Tom Fetzer, Republican Party State Chairman, who said

In many ways, Tim D’Annunzio would have been an easier target for Democratic U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell to take on in the fall. But now with former sportscaster Harold Johnson as the Republican nominee, the 8th district will be one of the top battleground seats in the country.

The Charlotte Observer wrote an excellent column about this race. You can read the entire piece here.

I am not sure if some of the folks I have sparred with at RedState live in South Dakota, but I do know one who lives in North Carolina with a user name, nessa. Please get out the vote and support the Republican candidate. Even if your vote was for the other guy in the primary we need you to get ginned up now for defeating the incumbent Ds, Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin and Larry Kissell. To paraphrase a Simon & Garfunkel lyric

Where have you gone, conservative voter? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you

This nation needs you to vote for the Republican and GOTV on Tuesday November 2, 2010.
Cross-posted at The Minority Report