Alexi Giannoulias fights the “Mother of all Battles” in Illinois Senate Race. Space, Titus, Kosmas fight for their political lives, Bilirakis, Sarbanes, Berkley and Tsongas safe.
New York.- By Apostolos Zoupaniotis
Eleven Greek Americans are competing on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, for 9 U.S. House and two U.S. Senate seats , in an election night that everyone predicts is going to be tough for the Democratic Party and President Barack Obama. All polls show the House of Representative to go Republican, while the Democrats are expected to hold on the Senate.
From the Greek Americans, the only one who is not incumbent (Dean Scontras, R, Maine 1st District) is trailing his Democratic opponent Pingree between 8-16 percentage points. Dean Scontras is the co-owner of an alternative energy company that specializes in the development of wind farm and smart grid technology that will help Maine towns capture the benefits of distributed energy solutions. He run unsuccessfully for the same seat in 2008.
From the 8 Greek American members of Congress, four are considered safe. Gus Bilirakis (R, FL 9th),
Shelley Berkley (Dem. 1st District of Nevada), John Sarbanes (Dem. 3rd District of Maryland) and Niki Tsongas (Dem. MA-5).
In Ohio’s 18th District, Zach Space who won the seat in 2006 (the first Democrat after many decades) is facing a tough battle against Gibbs. Although a month ago the seat was considered safe for the Democrats, the latest polls show it leaning Republican.
In Florida’s 24th District Democrat Suzan Kosmas won in 2008 making her fiscal conservatism a mainstay of her campaign. But having voted for the stimulus bill and cap and trade, she will probably not have a record that is perceived as particularly fiscally conservative going into the 2010 midterms. The polls show the race leaning Republican.
Deena Titus, a former State Senator, who run unsuccessfully for the Senate in 2004, won in 2008 the seat in Nevada’s 3rd District. The downturn in Nevada’s economy, along with the huge money the Republicans poured in the Senate race against Reed, put Titus’ seat in danger. Latest polls show the race leaning Republican.
In the Florida Senate Race, Governor Charlie Crist is running as Independent, after Marco Rubio was clear that he would win the Republican nomination. Polls show Rubio ahead with 43.0%, following by Crist with 32.0% and the democratic candidate with 28%.
THE MOTHER OF ALL BATTLES
The “Mother of all Battles” for the Greek American Community is taking place in Illinois, where Democrat Alexi Giannoulias is battling Republican Mark Kirk for Obama’s old Senate seat. Ten days before election day, the race is still a toss. Last week’s polls show Kirk with a 2% lead (43 to 41) and over 15% of the electorate undecided. Former president Bill Clinton is expected to campaign with Alexi Giannoulias next week, while President Obama will be in his old home-ground next Saturday.
“Let’s get fired up, let’s get energized, let’s get enthused,” Giannoulias told a group of Latino supporters who chanted their support in Spanish. “Let’s go kick some butt on Nov. 2.”
Giannoulias, who’s running, promised that as the son of two Greek immigrants, he would be “a champion (and) a leader” on issues of immigration reform.