Democratic Senate hopefuls will miss Philadelphia convention

Less than a week away from the Democrats assembling in Philadelphia to nominate Hillary Clinton for president on the party ticket, a handful of Democratic Senate contenders will forego attending the national convention to remain campaigning in their home state.

Senate aspirants Russ Feingold running in Wisconsin against Tim Johnson; Arizona Representative Ann Kirkpatrick, who opposes Senator John McCain; Nevada’s Catherine Cortez Masto, who is challenging Representative Joe Heck to replace Senator Harry Reid; and Missouri’s Secretary of State, Jason Kander, who is attempting to unseat Missouri Senator Roy Blunt, will bypass the Democratic National Convention and instead focus on their campaigns.

In tight races in Arizona and Nevada, Kirkpatrick trails by as few as two points in some polls against McCain, and Reid’s open seat is a toss-up, with limited polling data.

Similar to the race in neighboring Illinois, where Democrat Tammy Duckworth is expected to unseat incumbent Republican Mark Kirk, Russ Feingold is leading the GOP’s Tim Johnson by as much as 10 points in the latest surveys.

A spokesperson for Jason Kander revealed the candidate, who also finds himself in a heated battle with Blunt, will miss the convention due to scheduling conflicts. In the latest poll, Sen. Blunt only beats Kander by three points, within the margin of error.

Despite the bad polling numbers for some incumbent Republicans, the GOP currently holds a 54 to 46 seat advantage in the Senate, with two Independents caucusing with the Democrats.


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