Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Election Day Thoughts – Let the Fun Begin

Today millions of Americans are casting votes in the mid-term elections. As with many political junkies, I will be up late tonight seeing how the balance of power on Capitol Hill may change. If the pundits are correct, I fear that Nancy Pelosi as Speaker will not bode well for a productive final two years in the Bush presidency.

This thought alone gives me an added incentive to want to get the 2008 race into full swing. The good news from my perspective is that early polls put Senator McCain in a strong position.

In New Hampshire, a recent Concord Monitor poll gives McCain front runner status. The Monitor gives McCain 26 percent, to Giuliani’s 18 percent, with Romney in third place with 12 percent.

The news is just as good on a national basis. Angus Reid Consultants quotes a recent poll by Opinion Research Corporation released by CNN that shows Giuliani as the nationwide front runner for the republican nomination with 29 per cent, McCain a strong second at 27 percent, with Newt Gingrich in third with 12 per cent. This poll is actually really positive news for McCain. While Giuliani is in the lead, his numbers were down 2 percent from their September poll data, while McCain’s numbers were up 7 percent from September’s data. This clearly shows that McCain’s steady leadership and handling of recent campaign issues, and his active support for republican candidates around the country, is successfully setting the stage for John’s 2008 run.

So let’s see what happens tonight, and let the fun begin towards 2008!