Friday, August 7, 2009

Senate Race 2010

The Washington Times ran an editorial regarding Gun Control. Yesterday’s confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court and the defeat of the reciprocity bill proposed by Senators Thune and Vitter portend a weakening of the strength of gun groups like the NRA, or so the politicians think.

In the case of Sotomayor, the NRA ran advertising against her confirmation and threatened to use that vote as a test vote for future endorsements. Arlen Specter voted against both the Thune-Vitter Amendment as well as voted for Sotomayor’s confirmation.

What this probably suggests is that gun control will be a major issue in the 2010 Election for US Senate in Pennsylvania. The complication, Pat Toomey. Toomey is widely held to be the frontrunner in the 2010 Republican nomination for US Senate. Pat Toomey supported the nomination of Sotomayor. Specter still has the Thune-Vitter vote against him, but Toomey’s support of Sotomayor effectively neuters the issue to Pennsylvania’s electorate, should he be the Republican nominee.

But just how important are the issues in the confirmation of Sotomayor and the Thune-Vitter Amendment to the electorate?

The Washington Times also details a recent poll on the issue of gun control. The poll found that 52% of the respondents would vote against a politician simply because they supported the nomination of a judge that was pro-gun control. Only 26% said they would support a senator in that confirmed a gun control candidate.

The poll also found that a whopping 83% of respondents support allowing the concealed carry of a handgun. 11% oppose it. Among voters that supported Barack Obama for president, 80% support the right to carry a handgun.

Despite Toomey’s support of Sotomayor, expect to hear a lot about gun control in 2010.

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