I know this may be stretching the limits of disbelief, but..... Memphians seem to love BOTH of them and plan to re-elect them, Wharton this year and Cohen next year. Astonishing, isn't it? Wharton comes in at a 61% net positive rating, while Cohen is at 62%. The CA on Cohen:
Cohen had a net positive score of 62 percent among 220 likely voters within the 9th Congressional District — 69 percent approval minus 7 percent disapproval. The poll found 75 percent of African-American women approved of his performance, 73 percent of African-American men, 72 percent of white women, and 53 percent of white men.What? African-Americans approve of Cohen? Who knew? Yeah, but approval is one thing, but voting is another. Why, just look at this:
Of the 221 9th District likely voters considering Cohen’s 2012 re-election, 63 percent said they would vote for Cohen, 4 percent preferred “another Democrat,” 6 percent wanted a Republican and 28 percent were unsure.Yep, Cohen's a goner next year, he's only up 2-1 if all the unsures vote against him! Oh, wait.....
Yes, we are roughly 13 1/2 months away from the August 2012 Democratic Primary. Yes, more African-Americans will move in from TN-08. I have news for you: Frayser, North Memphis and Raleigh are all in the Memphis media market, and I suspect they know perfectly well who Steve Cohen is and will be delighted to have him rather than the Gospel-Singing Farmer From Frog Jump.
Whomever decides to run against Steve Cohen is going to have an uphill battle, because his constituents approve of him and have no current reason to unseat him. If anyone wants to try, good luck to them, because they will need it.