Thursday, October 2, 2008

Republican Party of Florida Launches Mock Websites

There are some very close Congressional races in Florida for seats that are normally held by Republicans. One is the Feeney v Kosmas race that I've covered quite a bit. Real Clear Politics has that race +1 for Feeney so, in the real world, Kosmas is probably leading.

Another is the rematch between Christine Jennings and Vern Buchanan. This race, FL13, was quite the talk of the 2006 election cycle when it was discovered that there were 18,000 electronic ballot undervotes in the district. The election went to Buchanan by 369 votes. RCP had Buchanan up by 18 at the end of August, but he's been hurt by allegations of contribution pressure from former employees. That race has probably tightened.

To that extent, the Republican Party of Florida has launced two websites - one for Jennings and another for Kosmas - that play off MTV's The Real World. They are getting quite a bit of attention in political blogs in most of the major Florida newspapers political blogs.

I don't think this kind of thing is going to be very effective in changing the dynamics of either race. It's very clear from the actions of the RPOF that they think they're in real danger of losing both of these races - even without an Obama win.If Obama's coattails are big enough, we could actually pick up 4-6 Republican House seats in November but I'm betting we pick up these two no matter what.