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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Why support for Bush could hurt Lieberman's re-election bid

Joe Lieberman should take note as Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum chances of re-election is dropping by the day because of his unwavering support of President Bush's policies.

From the AP:

U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's support of President Bush hurts his chances for re-election next year, Pennsylvania voters said by a 2-1 margin in a poll released Tuesday.

More than one-third of all Republicans surveyed in the Quinnipiac University poll also said Santorum's re-election prospects aren't helped by his support of the president.

The poll showed Democratic state Treasurer Robert P. Casey Jr. leading the two-term Republican incumbent by 50 percent to 38 percent in the 2006 Senate race, compared to a 52-to-34 percent lead in Quinnipiac's October poll. Voters also said they disapprove of Bush's job performance, 59 percent to 38 percent.

Since Santorum's poll numbers have dropped, he's avoiding Bush like the plague and hoping he can change things around. Don't underestimate the power of the public's disapproval with Bush Administration in this state. Democrats are very bitter with Lieberman's relationship with the President and that could hurt Liebermasn's poll numbers if another Democrat or a third party candidate like Lowell Weicker challenges him.