State-by-state lookahead: What's at stake in 2008

Sen. John Cornyn's re-election bid will get a boost from President Bush, who plans to appear at a fundraiser for him this month. Democratic Rep. Rick Noriega is opposing Cornyn.

2004 results: President Bush won the state's 34 electoral votes with 61% of the vote.


Republican Rep. Chris Cannon could face strong challenges from members of his own party unhappy with Cannon's support of President Bush's immigration overhaul plan. David Leavitt, an attorney with more than twice the campaign cash as Cannon, and Jason Chaffetz, former chief of staff to Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., will challenge Cannon in the primary. As one of the country's most popular governors, Huntsman is not expected to have a difficult re-election bid.

2004 results: President Bush won the state's five electoral votes with 72% of the vote.


The state backed Sen. John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election, and Vermont's congressional delegation consists of two Democrats and an independent socialist. But the state's governor, James Douglas, is a Republican and Democrats have yet to find a candidate to oppose him in 2008.

2004 results: Sen. Kerry won the state's three electoral votes with 59% of the vote.


With the retirement of Republican Sen. John Warner, former Democratic governor Mark Warner looks to be the favorite to take his seat. Mark Warner, who is not related to John Warner, raised more than $1 million in less than three weeks between declaring his candidacy and filing a September fundraising report. Jim Gilmore, also a former governor, has expressed interest on the GOP side. Democrats see Republican Rep. Thelma Drake, who only narrowly won re-election in 2006, as potentially vulnerable but have yet to find a candidate to challenge her.

2004 results: President Bush won the state's 13 electoral votes with 54% of the vote.


After losing the first two counts, Democrat Chris Gregoire won the governor's mansion by 129 votes on a hand recount in 2004. Republicans are trying to draft her 2004 opponent, former state senator Dino Rossi, for another run, but he has yet to announce a decision. Republicans have criticized Gregoire for holding town-hall-style meetings around the state, saying it amounts to a taxpayer-funded campaign. Republican Rep. Dave Reichert narrowly kept his seat after a strong 2006 challenge from Democrat Darcy Burner. Burner plans to face Reichert again and has already gotten fundraising support from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

2004 results: Sen. Kerry won the state's 11 electoral votes with 53% of the vote.

West Virginia

The state's Democratic governor and one of its Democratic senators are up for re-election, but neither should have a difficult race. Gov. Joe Manchin, who enjoys strong approval ratings, will likely face Republican Bob Adams, a small-business owner. With Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito announcing in May that she will not leave her House seat, Republicans are scrambling for a viable challenger to Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

2004 results: President Bush won the state's five electoral votes with 56% of the vote.


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