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November 5, 2006
Chafee Takes The Lead

I know, I know, he's not my favorite Senator by a long shot -- but Lincoln Chafee looks like he may hold onto a Senate seat most analysts thought was lost weeks ago. Ironically, in a period in which Republicans appear to have gotten their second wind, Chafee's own resurgence can be attributed to his meager GOP ties:

If Sen. Lincoln Chafee wins re-election in Rhode Island on Tuesday - and a new McClatchy Newspapers-MSNBC poll indicates he might - it will be because he is one of the most rebellious Republicans in Congress.

Although Chafee had been trailing Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse in previous polls, the latest McClatchy poll showed him with 46 percent support, compared to 45 percent for Whitehouse. About 9 percent of voters remained undecided.

While Chafee's slim lead was within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points, it was the first indication in weeks that he might survive the anti-Bush mood in his state. The poll of 625 Rhode Island residents was conducted Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

Well, Chafee won the primary, so I'm supporting him now, and this really is good news. Chafee may vote with the Democrats more than some Democrats, but he caucuses with the Republicans. The national party has not wavered in its support for the incumbent despite his often-infuriating actions in the Senate. If he can hold off Sheldon Whitehouse, it will remove one more prop for the Democratic takeover of Congress.

If Chafee wins, we will not have to worry about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. That's good enough for me.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at November 5, 2006 9:26 AM

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