Here’s something shocking to consider. Out of ten competitive Senate races in 2014 where a Democrat has a congressional voting record, only one candidate has voted to rubber stamp the Obama agenda more than Mark Warner. That would be Jeanne Shaheen of NH, who is now locked in a tie with fmr. U.S. Sen. Scott Brown of MA who just moved to NH last year and hasn’t even made a decision on whether to enter the race or not.
Here, in state alphabetical order, is how each of these Democratic candidates shakes out in terms of their percentage voting with the president as well as the president’s approval rating in their states:
1. Mark Begich, Alaska: Votes with Obama 94%, Obama approval in AK 40%.
2. Mark Pryor, Arkansas: Votes with Obama 93%, Obama approval in AR 36%.
3. Mark Udall, Colorado: Votes with Obama 96%, Obama approval in CO 39%.
4. Bruce Braley, Iowa: Votes with Obama 87%, Obama approval in IA 39%.
5. Mary Landrieu, Louisiana: Votes with Obama 95%, Obama approval in LA 38%.
6. Gary Peters, Michigan: Votes with Obama 88%, Obama approval in MI 39%.
7. Kay Hagan, North Carolina: Votes with Obama 94%, Obama approval in NC 40%.
8. Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire: Votes with Obama 98%, Obama approval in NH 33%.
9. Jeff Merkley, Oregon: Votes with Obama 95%, Obama approval in OR 44%.
10. Mark Warner, Virginia: Votes with Obama 97%, Obama approval in VA 42%.
That’s right, Mark Warner was a rubber stamp for the President 97% of the time.
Let me repeat that.
Some independent / raging moderate Mark Warner turned out to be. Using polling methodology, that other 3% of the time is considered “margin of error.”
Now for the truly scary part. When his actual voting record is compared to his 99 senate colleagues the one with the closest match turns out to be — ultra liberal New York Senator Chuck Schumer.
As Mark Warner is unmasked as the Chuck Schumer clone that he is, his reelect numbers (already down to just 50% in the three most recent polls) will continue to drop.
Is it any wonder Democrats have already hit the panic button in this race, believing that the entrance of Robert Sarvis as the Libertarian Party candidate will split the GOP vote and assure Warner of a victory even if he falls below 50%?
Funny thing about that. In the 2013 gubernatorial race, exit polls showed that Sarvis took the bulk of his votes from Terry McAuliffe, not Ken Cuccinelli. That might have something to do with the fact that Sarvis didn’t take very libertarian positions – expanding Medicaid in the state as part of Obamacare, increasing taxes, and shunning the Austrian school of economics. Don’t forget, Sarvis’s biggest donor was a Texas Democrat and a major Obama supporter.
Mark Warner has a voting record now and he will be made to account for it – something he has never had to do before.