Magazine article Politics Magazine

The 10 Races Everyone Wants to Work

Magazine article Politics Magazine

The 10 Races Everyone Wants to Work

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With most of the top House and Senate races picking up steam, Politics set out to find the top 10 races that you should want to work on. We asked strategists, consultants and the national campaign committees which races they would pitch if they were looking for new business. We focused on open House and Senate races to narrow the field, and our criteria included how much money will likely be spent on the race, which races have the strongest candidates and how much national attention they are likely to receive. This is the consensus top 10 list.

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Hawaii 1

Republicans are particularly excited about their candidate, Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou, for this traditionally Democratic seat that Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D) is leaving to run for governor. Djou will likely face Ed Case (D), the former congressman of Hawaii's 2nd District.

Ohio Senate

All eyes will be on this showdown between former Rep. Rob Portman (R) and either Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D) or Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (D) for retiring GOP Sen. George Voinovich's seat.

Massachusetts Senate

A Jan. 19 special election and its Dec. 8 Democratic primary will be expensive and exciting contests for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat. With former Rep. Joe Kennedy passing on the race, Attorney General Martha Coakley and Rep. Michael Capuano are leading a crowded Democratic field that includes Celtics owner Steve Pagliuca.

New Hampshire Senate

The race between Rep. Paul Hodes (D) and state Attorney General Kelly Ayotte (R) for retiring Sen. Judd Gregg's seat is well under way, and it will likely be one of the most high profile races in the next cycle.

New Hampshire 2

Three Democrats have already jumped into the race for Rep. Paul Hodes' (D) seat: Party activist Ann McLane Kuster, state Rep. John DeJoie and 2002 nominee Katrina Swett, who is the wife of former Rep. …

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