The GOP’s Top 18 Pick-Up Opportunities In The House For 2006

It’s not shaping up to be a great year for the GOP, the Democrats definitely have a big edge, and quite frankly, this is a lean field. Still, the GOP does have some opportunities that we may be able to exploit.

At the moment, as of Sept 8, 2006, here are the best pick-up opportunities the GOP has in the House, split up into 3 tiers:

Tier 1

District: (IL-08)
Seat Currently Held By: Melissa Bean (D)
Candidate + cash on hand: David McSweeney ($473,615)
Opponent + cash on hand: Melissa Bean ($2,175,474)
Kerry vs. Bush in 2004: 44% vs. 56%
Polling: Constituent Dynamics For Aug 27-29: Bean 48% Vs. McSweeney 45%
Webpage: here

District: (GA-12)
Seat Currently Held By: John Barrow (D)
Candidate + cash on hand: Max Burns ($733,000)
Opponent + cash on hand: John Barrow (1.3 million)
Kerry vs. Bush in 2004: 49.6% vs. 50.4%
Polling: Internal Poll: Barrow 44% Vs. Burns 43%
Webpage: here

District: (SC-5)
Seat Currently Held By: John Spratt (D)
Candidate + cash on hand: Ralph Norman ($733,600)
Opponent + cash on hand: John Spratt ($1.5 million)
Kerry vs. Bush in 2004: 42% vs. 57%
Polling: None Found
Webpage: here

District: (VT-at large)
Seat Currently Held By: Bernie Sanders (Socialist Democrat / Independent)
Candidate + cash on hand: Martha Rainville ($339,221)
Opponent + cash on hand: Peter Welch ($815,988)
Kerry vs. Bush in 2004: 59% vs. 39%
Polling: American Research Group In Late July: Rainville 42% vs. Welch 41%
Webpage: here

District: (TX-17)
Seat Currently Held By: Chet Edwards
Candidate + cash on hand: Van Taylor ($454,453)
Opponent + cash on hand: Chet Edwards ($1,576,787)
Kerry vs. Bush in 2004: 30% Vs. 70%
Polling: None Found
Webpage: here

District: (WV-01)
Seat Currently Held By: Alan B. Mollohan (D)
Candidate + cash on hand: Chris Wakim ($318,306)
Opponent + cash on hand: Alan B. Mollohan ($674,593)
Kerry vs. Bush in 2004: 42% vs. 58%
Polling: Constituent Dynamics For Aug 27-29: Mollohan 52% Vs. Wakim 42%
Webpage: here

Tier 2

District:(Oh-6)
Seat Currently Held By:Ted Stickland (D)
Candidate + cash on hand: Chuck Blasdel ($290,441)
Opponent + cash on hand: Charlie Wilson ($277,1553)
Kerry vs. Bush in 2004: 49% vs. 51%
Polling: Constituent Dynamics For Aug 27-29: Wilson 56% Vs. Blasdel 40%
Webpage: here

District: (GA-08)
Seat Currently Held By: Jim Marshall (D)
Candidate + cash on hand: Mac Collins ($794,256)
Opponent + cash on hand: Jim Marshall ($1,206,784)
Kerry vs. Bush in 2004: 44% vs.55%
Polling: None Found
Webpage: here

District: (IA-03)
Seat Currently Held By: Leonard Boswell (D)
Candidate + cash on hand: Jeff Lamberti ($775,105)
Opponent + cash on hand: Leonard Boswell ($1,093,465)
Kerry vs. Bush in 2004: 50 vs. 50
Polling: Constituent Dynamics For Aug 27-29: Boswell 54% Vs. Lamberti 41%
Webpage: here

District: (NC-13)
Seat Currently Held By: Brad Miller (D)
Candidate + cash on hand: Vernon Robinson ($466,768)
Opponent + cash on hand: Brad Miller ($540,736)
Kerry vs. Bush in 2004: 52% vs. 47%
Polling: None Found
Webpage: here

District:(LA-03)
Seat Currently Held By: Charles J. Melancon (D)
Candidate + cash on hand: Craig Romero ($958,990)
Opponent + cash on hand:Charles J. Melancon ($1,651,630)
Kerry vs. Bush in 2004: 42% vs. 58%
Polling: Anzalone-Lizst Research In Mid-July: 51% to 27%
Webpage: here

District: (CO-3)
Seat Currently Held By: John Salazar (D)
Candidate + cash on hand: Scott Tipton ($342,905)
Opponent + cash on hand: John Salazar ($1,177,634)
Kerry vs. Bush in 2004: 44% vs. 55%
Polling: Survey USA In Mid-August: Salazar 53% vs. Tipton 42%
Webpage: here

District: (Il-17)
Seat Currently Held By: Lane Evans
Candidate + cash on hand: Andrea Lane Zinga ($186,783)
Opponent + cash on hand: Phil Hare ($225,747)
Kerry vs. Bush in 2004: 51% vs. 48%
Polling: None Found
Webpage: here

Tier 3

District: (UT-2)
Seat Currently Held By: Jim Matheson (D)
Candidate + cash on hand: Lavar Christensen ($102,234)
Opponent + cash on hand: Jim Matheson ($1,029,402)
Kerry vs. Bush in 2004: 31% to 66%
Polling: None Found
Webpage: here

District: OH-13
Seat Currently Held By: Sherrod Brown
Candidate + cash on hand: Craig Foltin ($151,454)
Opponent + cash on hand: Betty Sutton ($194,037)
Kerry vs. Bush in 2004: 56% vs. Bush 44%
Polling: None Found
Webpage: here

District: (LA-02)
Seat Currently Held By: William Jefferson (D)
Candidate + cash on hand: Joe Lavigne ($198,462)
Opponent + cash on hand: William Jefferson ($321,633)
Kerry vs. Bush in 2004: 75% vs. 24%
Polling: Mercury Public Affairs:: Jefferson 31.3% vs. Lavigne 29.4%
Webpage: here

District: (WA-02)
Seat Currently Held By: Rick Larsen (D)
Candidate + cash on hand: Doug Roulstone ($383,994)
Opponent + cash on hand: Rick Larsen ($886,431)
Kerry vs. Bush in 2004: 51% vs. 47%
Polling: None Found
Webpage: here

District: (PA-12th)
Seat Currently Held By: John Murtha (D)
Candidate + cash on hand: Diane Irey ($159,138)
Opponent + cash on hand: John Murtha ($1,804,695)
Kerry vs. Bush in 2004: 51 vs. 49
Polling: None Found
Webpage: here

* No polling done prior to Mid-July was included since, at this late date, it’s virtually meangingless.

PS: You can donate to many of these candidates through Rightroots.

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