Guest Author - Stephanie Romero
I don’t know if things are heating up in your town but they are in mine. The race is on for the November 2010 elections. Signs are starting to go up on lawns. I have already received a phone call asking my opinion on President Obama and what I think about those who are running for governor in my state.
November will be here before you know it. I hope that there will be record numbers of people going to the polls this year. Too much has happened for that not to happen!
So far Senate polls are showing that these states are in a toss-up: Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin. I am from Wisconsin so I am anticipating this to be an exciting race.
Those states that are leaning more Republican include: Kentucky, Missouri, New Hampshire and North Carolina. California is leaning Democrat.
Then you have the “likely” vote. The likely Republican vote applies to Arkansas, Delaware, Indiana, Iowa and Louisiana. The likely Democrat vote applies to Connecticut, New York, Oregon and West Virginia.
A “safe” Republican vote is expected for North Dakota.
I tend to prefer the races that are closest. I may have my desired end result but when the race is close it requires those running to step it up. They have to do a better job at convincing everyone why they should be voted for.
The most interesting poll lately is the Gallup Poll which shows that Obama’s disapproval rating is at an all time low of 46% (as of August 4, 2010). Many are saying he really doesn’t have anything to put on his resume at this point in time, at least, not anything positive.
No matter what you think, my hope is that everyone will be informed about the November 2010 elections. Find out who is running, what they stand for, what issues they are concerned about, how it will affect your life and then get out there and vote.
If you happen to feel pretty passionate about a particular candidate, I also encourage you to let it be known! Share with others how you feel…get a sign, buy a pin, volunteer with the campaign.
As Americans we not only have the right but we have the duty to vote. I know that some people are so tired of the direction of this country and that it can be easy to just sit back and watch it all happen. However we have an influence in this. Knowledge really is power, so find out who is running and be ready to vote in November!