September 13th, 2010
12:10 PM ET

Midterm and presidential politics dominate the week

Mark Preston
CNN Senior Political Editor

Washington (CNN) – From competitive congressional contests to high profile appearances by potential presidential candidates, over the next five days we will see the 2010 primary season come to a close and perhaps get greater insight into who may run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

For political junkies, this may be the best week, so far, of the year:

* Tuesday: Seven states and the District of Columbia hold primaries with three of the states and the nation's capital of particular interest to me. In New Hampshire, there is a crowded Republican battle for the Senate nomination with the GOP establishment standing behind Kelly Ayotte and the powerful publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader backing Ovide Lamontagne. There is also a competitive Republican for a House seat. Delaware pits the centrist-Rep. Mike Castle against Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell. Embattled New York City Rep. Charlie Rangel faces the voters after being accused of violating congressional ethics rules. And in the D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty is facing a difficult re-election against Council Chairman Vincent Gray.

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  1. J.V.Hodgson

    Well for me when all these are sorted out i.e
    House Dem /Repub ( independents if any) in all districts and Senator races defined Dems/ Repubs/independents and similarly gubernatorial
    candidacies fixed, then in a couple of weeks time after that initial perceptions of how the election may go can be made via polls as the individual voters will have then listened/ questioned/understand each candidates good /bad /indifferent points and position on issues relevant to the particular voter in each district,Senatorial area or governorship principles and ideals.
    For me I see a huge fall in Republican credibilty at any level as we go forward towards election date and voting date as I do not see what they stand for, nor can I judge the credibility, of unmade in sufficient detail proposals on Deficit reduction, Taxes, job creation, economy... all well and good to criticise Democrats but you have tell me what is better that you propose and why.
    Fail on that as Republicans have done so far and you are voting ideology and in my case/opinion bigotry for two ( at least) reasons I will not explain.

    September 14, 2010 at 2:59 am |