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Q: Which Democratic Senate candidate ran the strongest campaign?

In the week leading up to the election, we asked Insiders which Senate candidate they thought ran the strongest campaign—regardless of the outcome. (W=Won; L=Lost; P=Pending at press time; R=Runoff.)

Sen. Kay Hagan concedes as she speaks to supporters during her election night party. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

DEMOCRATS (79)

Mark Begich (P): 8%Kay Hagan (L): 37%Mary Landrieu (R): 6%Michelle Nunn (L): 33%Gary Peters (W): 10%Mark Pryor (L): 4%Other: 2%

Mark Begich

"State that is double-digits Republican, and he has held his own. Ground game that is unparalleled. Brilliant strategist."

Kay Hagan

"There is no reason this shouldn't have been over in June—she made the election local."

"Excellent campaign against very strong head winds."

Mary Landrieu

"Great work making the state-level issue landscape and her opponent's résumé the prime issues (not Obama)."

Michelle Nunn

"Perfect pitch, fantastic handling of the Obama questions, great endorsements, consistent message."

"She's got a shot. Must have done something incredible to still be in the hunt."

"Michelle Nunn, win or lose, has helped resurrect the Democratic Party in the Deep South."

Gary Peters

"While Peters had easier turf than others, he appears on his way to a significant win."

"Peters has put this race away. No one else can claim that on this list. Well done to him, the DSCC, and Paul Tencher at the helm."

Other

"Rick Weiland in South Dakota—even without help from the DSCC, he quietly made a race of it—and his party still doesn't get that when a race is in single digits there, it is a toss-up."

Q: Which Democratic Senate candidate ran the strongest campaign?

In the week leading up to the election, we asked Insiders which Senate candidate they thought ran the strongest campaign—regardless of the outcome. (W=Won; L=Lost; P=Pending at press time; R=Runoff.)

REPUBLICANS (88)

Mary Begich (P): 8%Kay Hagan (L): 38%Mary Landrieu (R): 3% Michelle Nunn (L): 35% Gary Peters (W): 12% Mark Pryor (L): 1% Other: 3%

Mark Begich

"Begich has been nearly flawless."

"Great ground game, which is critical in Alaska."

Kay Hagan

"She's stayed on offense since day one, and has skillfully exploited N.C. voters' dislike of the Legislature against Tillis, using it to offset their equal dislike of Obama."

"Hagan has stayed in a race that she should've been a dead-woman-walking."

"Exceeding all expectations and hanging tough. Give credit where it's due."

Mary Landrieu

"Relentless."

Michelle Nunn

"Nunn had a game plan, stuck to it, and made a state Romney carried into a competitive Senate race."

"Got the right opponent for her needs and capitalized, limited her exposure to the public until she was ready to succeed."

Gary Peters

"In what could have been a very, very close race, he has dominated the message discussion in ways that totally advance his candidacy."

Other

"Al Franken—he won by about three votes in a good D year in 2008, avoided controversy for six years, and is cruising to a below-the-radar win."

. . . . . . .

Democratic Political Insiders  Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Debbie Dingell, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Steve McMahon, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O'Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jefrey Pollock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Reiley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders  Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O'Neill, Connie Partoyan, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud.

Q: Which Democratic Senate candidate ran the strongest campaign?

In the week leading up to the election, we asked Insiders which Senate candidate they thought ran the strongest campaign—regardless of the outcome. (W=Won; L=Lost; P=Pending at press time; R=Runoff.)

Sen. Kay Hagan concedes as she speaks to supporters during her election night party. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

DEMOCRATS (79)

Mark Begich (P): 8%Kay Hagan (L): 37%Mary Landrieu (R): 6%Michelle Nunn (L): 33%Gary Peters (W): 10%Mark Pryor (L): 4%Other: 2%

Mark Begich

"State that is double-digits Republican, and he has held his own. Ground game that is unparalleled. Brilliant strategist."

Kay Hagan

"There is no reason this shouldn't have been over in June—she made the election local."

"Excellent campaign against very strong head winds."

Mary Landrieu

"Great work making the state-level issue landscape and her opponent's résumé the prime issues (not Obama)."

Michelle Nunn

"Perfect pitch, fantastic handling of the Obama questions, great endorsements, consistent message."

"She's got a shot. Must have done something incredible to still be in the hunt."

"Michelle Nunn, win or lose, has helped resurrect the Democratic Party in the Deep South."

Gary Peters

"While Peters had easier turf than others, he appears on his way to a significant win."

"Peters has put this race away. No one else can claim that on this list. Well done to him, the DSCC, and Paul Tencher at the helm."

Other

"Rick Weiland in South Dakota—even without help from the DSCC, he quietly made a race of it—and his party still doesn't get that when a race is in single digits there, it is a toss-up."

Q: Which Democratic Senate candidate ran the strongest campaign?

In the week leading up to the election, we asked Insiders which Senate candidate they thought ran the strongest campaign—regardless of the outcome. (W=Won; L=Lost; P=Pending at press time; R=Runoff.)

REPUBLICANS (88)

Mary Begich (P): 8%Kay Hagan (L): 38%Mary Landrieu (R): 3% Michelle Nunn (L): 35% Gary Peters (W): 12% Mark Pryor (L): 1% Other: 3%

Mark Begich

"Begich has been nearly flawless."

"Great ground game, which is critical in Alaska."

Kay Hagan

"She's stayed on offense since day one, and has skillfully exploited N.C. voters' dislike of the Legislature against Tillis, using it to offset their equal dislike of Obama."

"Hagan has stayed in a race that she should've been a dead-woman-walking."

"Exceeding all expectations and hanging tough. Give credit where it's due."

Mary Landrieu

"Relentless."

Michelle Nunn

"Nunn had a game plan, stuck to it, and made a state Romney carried into a competitive Senate race."

"Got the right opponent for her needs and capitalized, limited her exposure to the public until she was ready to succeed."

Gary Peters

"In what could have been a very, very close race, he has dominated the message discussion in ways that totally advance his candidacy."

Other

"Al Franken—he won by about three votes in a good D year in 2008, avoided controversy for six years, and is cruising to a below-the-radar win."

. . . . . . .

Democratic Political Insiders  Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Debbie Dingell, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Steve McMahon, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O'Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jefrey Pollock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Reiley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders  Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O'Neill, Connie Partoyan, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud.

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