The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is up with a Web video arguing that Republicans are to blame for the economy's current troubles.
CONNECTICUT: More Dodd trouble… Politico writes that many Democratic officials, strategists and activists "describe a palpable fury among the party rank and file -- anger that's led some to wonder if the party would be better served with a different Democratic nominee in 2010 -- though they note that, at the moment, Dodd still retains the loyalty of Democratic activists and the political class."
NEW YORK: Preview from the Albany Times Union: "Voters in the 20th Congressional District will head to the polls from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. today to choose a replacement for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who was chosen by Gov. David Paterson to replace Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton when Clinton was confirmed as secretary of state."
On the eve of today's special election in NY-20, Politico reports that President Obama emailed his supporters once again to support the Democrat in the race, Scott Murphy. "The high-level get-out-the-vote reminder is paid for by Organizing for America, the successor to the president's grassroots organization, now a project of the Democratic National Committee. The return address is at barackobama.com."
Politico's Mahtesian says, "[N]o matter how you look at it, the first congressional contest of the Obama era has taken on an importance that belies its strategic value. Because the seat doesn't actually matter to House Democrats, who hold a nearly 40-seat advantage, or to the Republicans, for whom one more seat won't make a dent. Still, the upstate New York contest to succeed Kirsten Gillibrand is worth paying close attention to, if for no other reason than that the results will be breathlessly interpreted and the winning side will rally around them. And political pros also know that past special elections have occasionally turned out to be key indicators of a shift in a party's future fortunes."
"The party that wins the election to fill the House seat vacated by now-Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D) will seize political momentum. But it will also inflate -- or puncture -- the power base of high-profile politicians on both sides of the aisle, including President Obama," The Hill's Wilson writes.