"Properly staffed, she could be a force."
Shelley Moore Capito
"Congresswoman Capito, because of her personality and approach, is likely the most suited for success working with members of both parties."
"Capito has the savvy and experience to vault from the back bench to greater heights. It's a lackluster freshman class, but she has a chance to shine, particularly on energy issues."
"He's savvy, won with a big margin, and seems to be conveniently forgetting his tea-party origins."
"Tom Cotton has an interesting personal story, and his media skills continue to improve."
"So far, he's the only one who's actually said something noteworthy."
Q: Which new Senate Republican is most likely to make a big impact in his or her first year?
This poll was conducted prior to the Louisiana Senate runoff.
REPUBLICANS (84 VOTES)
Cory Gardner: 30%Joni Ernst: 22%Tom Cotton: 17%Shelley Moore Capito: 13%James Lankford: 6%Ben Sasse: 4%Thom Tillis: 4%David Perdue: 2%Steve Daines: 1%Dan Sullivan: 1%Mike Rounds: 0%
"Gardner found the right formula to win in a purple state. Hopefully he can help moderate the destructive positions and tactics of the Ted Cruz faction."
"Cory is a happy conservative with legislative experience and first-rate political skills."
"Articulate, conservative, and well liked. A great recipe for success."
"Her Midwest common sense coupled with military/foreign policy experience make Ernst a rising star to watch."
"GOP needs to have the face and personality of the party look like hers."
"Cotton has a good combination of legislative, executive, and military experience—and confidence in his ideas."
"Brilliant guy, already on the ground running."
Shelley Moore Capito
"Talented, experienced, female."
"Reasonable, grown-up, experienced, and capable of reaching across the aisle."
"A younger Rob Portman and very savvy. Knows how to navigate through the shoals of legislative gridlock and get things accomplished."
"None are a stronger combination of brains and D.C. experience. He won't be the most popular but will propose the best ideas."
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