Life after Harry
President Obama heads to Las Vegas Friday for another event for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Reid is in a dead-heat race with Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle, and the White House really wants to keep Reid in his position in both the Senate and as majority leader. But Angle has shown a small but sturdy lead in recent polls, and names are being whispered about as potential replacements for Reid as the Democratic leader in the Senate. One likely replacement is his whip, Dick Durbin. Another possible replacement is Chuck Schumer who has been doling out campaign cash to other Senate Democrats who are in trouble. FOX News colleague Wendell Goler is on the road with the president and will look at where the Reid-Angle race stands and how Reid's potential defeat could change the way the Obama administration deals with Congress.
As the Pentagon's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy winds its way through the twists and turns of the legal system, Obama increasingly finds himself caught between a legal rock and a political hard place. Politically, the Obama administration has said it will end the policy. But in the meantime, his Justice Department has been arguing for the policy to remain in place as the military figures out the best way to change the policy. The gay and lesbian community has been a strong part of Obama's base, but many parts of that community are not happy he has not ended the policy yet and are frustrated by the legal wrangling. How does this affect the president while he's trying to strengthen and rally his base in this tight election? And how will it affect him going into 2012? FOX News colleague Mike Emanuel reports.
Ohio Dems on the Defense
In the nation's premiere battleground state, incumbent Democrats are in trouble, despite (or perhaps because) President Obama visiting the Buckeye State more than any other. Five house Democrats and the Democratic governor are all at risk of defeat in combative tossup races across the state. As incumbent Democratic Governor Ted Strickland kicks off a rural bus tour, his emphasis will be reaching out to right leaning swing voters, and a couple house Democrats are joining him. FOX News colleague Carl Cameron reports from Ohio on how some Democrats attempt to appear more conservative.
Moving to the Suburbs
Once again, independent suburban voters may hold the key to which party does the victory dance on Election Night. A good example is Illinois' 11th Congressional District. In 2004, this district reelected Republican Jerry Weller. President Bush won here, too. Then, in '08 Weller decided not to run for another term. Helped by Barack Obama's presidential bid, Democrat Debbie Halverson won the open-seat contest. Now, Halverson faces a very strong challenge from Republican Adam Kinzinger. Polling among independents (who make up about one out every four likely voters) in the 11th shows the president's approval/disapproval split is a dismal 38/55. Another poll shows Kinzinger up 18 points. It would appear that -- at least for now -- the president has lost suburban independents...that may be ready to take out their displeasure on the Congressional Democrats. FOX News colleague Steve Brown reports.
Chris Stirewalt joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in July of 2010 and serves as digital politics editor based in Washington, D.C. Additionally, he authors the daily "Fox News First" political news note and hosts "Power Play," a feature video series, on FoxNews.com. Stirewalt makes frequent appearances on the network, including "The Kelly File," "Special Report with Bret Baier," and "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace." He also provides expert political analysis for Fox News coverage of state, congressional and presidential elections.