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Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire: Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire — News, polls and buzz
David Wasserman points out that “89 percent of House Republicans are white men, compared to just 47 percent of House Democrats. For some context, according to 2013 Census estimates just 31 percent of U.S. residents are non-Hispanic white males.”

“Even in the last two years, the demographic chasm between the parties has widened. Eight members of the 113th House of Representatives have been elected in special elections since 2012. All six Republican winners have been white men, five of whom prevailed over women in their primaries. Both Democratic winners have been women who prevailed over men in their primaries.”
“This president needs to rise to the occasion before we all get killed back here at home.”

– Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), quoted by the Huffington Post, on the threat posed by ISIS.
Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) says ISIS “currently is or has operated on the U.S. border in the past couple weeks,” BuzzFeed reports.

Said Franks: “It is true, that we know that ISIS is present in Ciudad Juarez or they were within the last few weeks. So there’s no question that they have designs on trying to come into Arizona. The comment that I’ve made is that if unaccompanied minors can cross the border then certainly trained terrorists probably can to. It is something that is real.”
“They’re trying to get you to check your brain at the door, start foaming at the mouth. The last thing they want you to do is think.”

– Bill Clinton, quoted by The Hill, on the Republican party.
“A bruising primary challenge to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) left Matt Bevin (R) with two things: A loss at the ballot box and $5 million worth of name recognition. Now the Louisville businessman is hoping to cash in some of that political legwork in another high profile race: Kentucky governor,” the AP reports.

Said Bevin: “I have not ruled it out. If anything, it is more likely.”
According to a Smart Politics analysis of U.S. Senate race ratings, the odds of a pick-up in Iowa’s contest between Rep. Bruce Braley (D) and Joni Ernst (R) are closer to 50-50 than any other contest in the country, with Alaska close behind.
A new Minneapolis Star Tribune Minnesota Poll finds Sen. Al Franken (D) leads challenger Mike McFadden (R) by double digits, 49% to 36%.

In the race for governor, Gov. Mark Dayton (D) leads challenger Jeff Johnson (R), 45% to 33%.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told Meet the Press that he is thinking about running for president in 2016 as either a Democrat or an independent.

Said Sanders: “I think anybody who speaks to the needs of the working class and the middle class of this country and shows the courage to take on the billionaire class, I think that candidate will do pretty well.”

First Read: “He seemed to be leaning toward running as a Democrat (instead of his current status as an independent), but it’s worth asking if that will fly with Democratic voters in a Democratic primary.”
New Hampshire congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia (R), one of the most avid critics of Obamacare, declined to tell New Hampshire Public Radio to say how she gets her own health insurance coverage.
A new CNN poll shows New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate contest in a dead heat with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and challenger Scott Brown (R) tied, 48% to 48%.

Democrats also released an internal poll claiming Shaheen had an eight point lead, 51% to 43%.
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