Popular pundit and scholar Larry Sabato edits this contributed volume of essays by well-known journalists and politicians about the results of the 2006 mid-term elections and projections for the 2008 presidential elections.
Larry J. Sabato is the Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, and the Director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. His over 20 books include Divided States of America: The Slash and Burn Politics of the 2004 Presidential Election, Get in the Booth: A Citizen's Guide to the 2006 Midterm Elections, and the best-selling American politics text, American Government: Continuity and Change.
In addition to Larry Sabato, the following contributors will be featured:
Charlie Cook, editor of the Cook Political Report
Stu Rothenberg, editor of the Rothenberg Political Report
Chuck Todd, editor in chief of National Journal's The Hotline
David Wasserman, House editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball
Michael Toner, former Federal Elections Commission Chairman
Melissa Laurenza, FEC Counsel.
Claude Marx, a political columnist for the Eagle-Tribune.
Michael Cornfield, Director of Research at the Democracy Online Project, which is funded by the Pew Charitable Trust, and a professor at George Washington University.
Matt Stearns, a Washington Correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, writing predominantly for the Kansas City Star.
Gwen Florio, reported on Montana's U.S. Senate race as the Capitol bureau chief for the Great Falls Tribune and a correspondent for USA Today
Lawrence Jacobs, the Mondale Chair of the Department of Political Science and the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.
Joanne Miller, an assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota.
Peter Woolley, a professor of Comparative Politics at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Jonathan Riskind, Washington Bureau Chief for the Columbus Dispatch.
Bruce Larson, a political science professor at Gettysburg College.
Maureen Moakley, associate professor of Political Science at the University of Rhode Island.
Michael Nelson, professor of political science at Rhodes College.
Jeff Schapiro, a columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
David Postman, chief political reporter for the SeattleTimes.
David Lightman, Washington bureau chief for the Hartford Courant.
Bruce Cain, Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies and Robson Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley.
Susan MacManus, distinguished professor of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida
Paul Green, Arthur Rubloff Professor of Policy Studies at Roosevelt University
Patrick Healy, the New York political correspondent for the New York Times during the 2006 elections.
Joe Hallet, senior editor at the Columbus Dispatch.
G. Terry Madonna, Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College.
Jeff Tuttle, writes about politics for the Bangor Daily News.
Charles Bullock, professor of political science at the University of Georgia
Michael Carey, formerly editorial page editor of the Anchorage Daily News
William Lunch, professor of political science at Oregon State University and a political analyst for Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Michael W. Traugott, research professor at the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan.
Part I: The Big Picture
Chapter 1: Historical Imperative. By Larry J. Sabato
Chapter 2: 2006: An Abby-Normal Election. By Charlie Cook
Chapter 3: The Fight for the Senate. By Stu Rothenberg
Chapter 4: The Governors: Not so much a wave, as a Gentle Democratic Current. By Chuck Todd
Chapter 5: The 2006 House Midterm Maelstrom. By David Wasserman
Part II: Money and Media
Chapter 6: Emerging Campaign Finance Trends and their Impact on the 2006 election. By Michael Toner and Melissa Laurenza
Chapter 7: The Media and 2006. By Claude Marx
Chapter 8: The Netroots Break Through. By Michael Cornfield
Part III: The Senate Races
Chapter 9: Missouri Senate Race. By Matt Stearns
Chapter 10: Montana Senate: Numerous Gaffes and extensive Lobbying Ties prove too much for Burns to Overcome. By Gwen Florio.
Chapter 11: Bucking the Democratic Sweep in Minnesota. By Lawrence Jacobs and Joanne Miller
Chapter 12: Menendez vs. Kean: National vs. Local Issues in New Jersey. By Peter Woolley
Chapter 13: Ohio Senate: Not a Close Call After All. By Jonathan Riskind.
Chapter 14: In with the Tide, Out with the Tide: Casey beats Santorum in Pennsylvania. By Bruce Larson
Chapter 15: Rhode Island Senate: The Bluing of New England. By Maureen Moakley
Chapter 16: TN Senate: (Almost) All in the Family. By Michael Nelson
Chapter 17: Virginia Senate. By Jeff Schapiro
Chapter 18: WA Sen: A Self-Destructive Campaign helps Cantwell Trounce McGavick. by David Postman
Chapter 19: In Spite of Primary Defeat, Lieberman finds a solid Majority in Connecticut. By David Lightman.
Part IV: The Governors
Chapter 20: The Governator's Comeback Victory in California. By Bruce Cain.
Chapter 21: Florida Governor and Senate: Split Decisions Give Both Parties Something to Cheer About. By Susan MacManus
Chapter 22: Illinois Governor. By Paul Green
Chapter 23: New York Governor. By Patrick Healy
Chapter 23: Ohio Governor: Throw the Bums Out. By Joe Hallet.
Chapter 24: PA Gov: Incumbency Matters. By G. Terry Madonna
Chapter 25: Maine Governor: A reversal of fortune. By Jeff Tuttle
Chapter 26: A Bright Spot for the GOP: Sonny Wins Again. By Charles Bullock
Chapter 27: While Remaining Republican, Alaskans Demand Change. By Michael Carey
Chapter 28: The 2006 Race for Governor in Oregon. By William Lunch.
Chapter 29: The Gubernatorial Race in Michigan. By Michael W. Traugott.
Part V: Conclusions
Chapter 30: Conclusions. By Larry J. Sabato