Dayton v. Kennedy

Returning Senator Mark Dayton to the Ranks of the Idle Rich in 2006


Daschle v. Thune

At the urging of Professor Jon Lauck -- trailblazing proprietor of Daschle v. Thune -- Dayton v. Kennedy will devote much of the remainder of this election cycle to expanding the Republican majority next door in South Dakota.

John J. Miller, National Review's resident Senate prognosticator is saying the Republicans will net +2 Senate seats this year. Surprisingly, he does not count South Dakota among the likely pickups:

SOUTH DAKOTA: Republicans may not have a bigger target in the year's Senate races than Minority Leader Tom Daschle. They're banking on former congressman John Thune performing better than he did two years ago, when he narrowly lost to Sen. Tim Johnson. Most polls show Daschle ahead, but not by much. This time, Republicans will be keeping a closer watch on ballot boxes in Indian country. LEANING DEMOCRATIC RETENTION.

Contrast this with a recent Reuters story as profiled at

Recent polling has put this race alternately at a Thune +3 margin to a Daschle +5 margin.


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