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November 21, 2005

Nancy Johnson: A Race to Watch in 2006

According to the DC-based Cook Political Report, Congresswoman Nancy Johnson (R-CT), who is up for re-election in 2006, will be one of the ones to watch:

“If you’re looking for a canary-in-a-coal-mine race, this is one,” said Amy Walter, who tracks House races for the organization. “If all of a sudden you see Nancy Johnson slip, it’s a sign other Republicans in similar districts should be concerned.”

It seems the Democrats are sharpening their knives. Because President Bush has not been performing well in the polls (as if polls mean everything), they think that all Republicans are in jeopardy. Of course, the MSM has jumped on the "slaughterhouse" theme for next year's election. They'd like nothing better than for their predictions to come true.

Nancy Johnson is a 12-term Republican in a very blue state. The majority of people in Connecticut's 5th district (mine) must think she's doing a fine job if she's been voted in this many times.

Nonetheless, I'll be keeping my eye on Nancy Johnson in the coming year.


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Posted by Pam Meister at 01:40 PM | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0) | Politics

Incumbency is a powerful thing. And the way the fifth district is drawn, she has Litchfield County (the only CT county to go for Bush). Plus she has the Hartford suburban towns of Farmington, Canton and Avon. Talk about gerrymandering.

Her voting record pleases everyone and no one. In other words, she's not controversial. Democrats would be wasting their resources.

The only district in CT that could possibly be a real race is the 2nd - Rob Simmons. Shays, Johnson, DeLauro and Larson should win comfortably in 2006.

Posted by: Gary at November 21, 2005 04:00 PM

In 2002, after the last census, they combined the 5th and 6th districts. And they made the two incumbents fight it out against each other (Jim Maloney v. Nancy Johnson) They way they redrew the new district, however, not only gave Johnson the edge to beat Maloney handily but its make-up assures that Johnson can be it Congresswoman pretty much for as long as she wants.

BTW, when Lieberman was running as the VP candidate in 2000, Johnson was the person at the top of then-Gov. John Rowland's list to replace the Senate seat vacancy in the event that Gore/Lieberman won.

Posted by: Gary at November 21, 2005 04:07 PM

I remember when Maloney and Johnson had their showdown...she beat him handily. According to this article, she also has $1.9 million in her campaign coffers already...a nice chunk of change. I agree that the Dems would be wasting their time on her, but it's their time to waste, eh?

Posted by: Pam at November 21, 2005 04:35 PM
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