Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.V.) and JFK have something in common, Hawaii's Colleen Hanabusa (D) has friends in high places, if not at the DCCC, and Vice President Biden doesn't know if his boss is going to Pennsylvania this week.
Wild and wonderful
West Virginia primaries can be unpredictable, just ask Ted Sorensen. The former presidential advisor was in Charleston, W.V., Monday giving a talk about how John F. Kennedy pulled off an upset in the state's 1960 Democratic primary.
"Why did John F. Kennedy enter the West Virginia primary with so much at stake? In early 1960, almost nobody gave John Kennedy a chance," Sorensen said.
The same could be said for Mollohan, who faces state Sen. Mike Oliverio in the Democratic primary. Both camps have released polls showing their candidates ahead. But in the aftermath of Sen. Bob Bennett's (R) downfall in Utah last weekend, incumbents are the underdogs. Meanwhile, six Republicans are seeking the GOP nod in Mollohan's district.
Polls close at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
She's our girl
Rep. Michael Honda (D-Calif.) is backing state Sen. Hanabusa (D) to win Rep. Neil Abercrombie's (D-Hawaii) seat. Honda, in a statement: "Colleen has distinguished herself as an honest, trustworthy leader and fighter for the people of Hawaii."
It doesn't seem like Hanabusa's willing to drop out, despite the DCCC saying that two Democrats on the ticket equals a Republican victory. Meanwhile, Republican Charles Djou is "surging" in fundraising.
Djou raised $525,150 in April and had $362,700 banked at the start of May, according to the Honululu Advertiser. Hanabusa pulled in $349,000 in April and former Rep. Ed Case (D) raised $287,400 in April and had $153,500 cash on hand. The special election is May 22 and is winner take all.
Apparently not a BFD
Vice President Joe Biden won't say if President Obama is planning to campaign for Sen. Arlen Specter (D) in Pennsylvania this week.
Biden said he planned to stump for Specter, but he didn't know if Obama's schedule would let him make it back up to the Keystone State. "The president, I'm sure, will be reaching out," Biden said on NBC's "Today" show Tuesday. "Whether the president's going to go up there physically again between now and Tuesday, I don't know the schedule."
Biden noted, "He already has gone out and campaigned for Arlen Specter."