Florida, Louisiana, & North Carolina

Florida: Ros-Lehtinen defends Iran sanctions. US Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Middle East and Africa, contends in a column in The Hill that “The Obama Administration may be willing to accept Iran’s continued uranium enrichment, but Congress will not allow the world’s biggest sponsor of terror to have the world’s deadliest weapon.” Stay tuned.


Louisiana: Landrieu’s prospects dim. In 2008, US Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) got 33% of the Bayou State’s white vote; this year, she got only 18%. Her chairmanship of the Senate Energy Committee comes to an end with the GOP’s takeover of the upper chamber. And President Obama is expected to announce his immigration actions, likely to be unpopular in Louisiana, before the December 6 runoff. Meanwhile, all the GOP’s big-wigs, like US Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, as well as Sarah Palin, are stumping for Bill Cassidy, Landrieu’s Republican opponent. His polling shows him ahead, 57% to 41%, reports Politico.


North Carolina: Hagan’s campaign not so hot? Writing in The Hill, two consultants to US Sen.-elect Thom Tillis’s (R) campaign contend that incumbent Kay Hagan (D) made a number of crucial errors. Hagan spent millions attacking Tillis for cutting education spending, but his TV spots touted that education spending actually increased by $1 billion. Tillis made major use of Hagan’s admission that she skipped an Armed Services Committee hearing to attend a fundraiser in New York. And she “struggled” to defend herself against charges that her family benefited from a stimulus bill she supported.