If there was doubt of the national significance of the 10th Congressional District race in the Nov. 6 election, it vanished when the New York Times joined part of .
The Times article was one of two national publications which highlighted the contest between Dold and Democratic challenger Brad Schneider of Deerfield Monday. Roll Call, a newspaper covering Congress, joined the Times publishing stories Monday.
Before that, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reserved $3.1 million to buy television commercials in the Chicago area after Labor Day to be divided between three Chicagoland contests.
The New York Times story focused on the Dold-Schneider race in the 10th which it called the most Democratic seat held by a Republican. In the same story, it also reported on the campaign in Utah between Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) and his Republican challenger, Mia Love. Matheson’s constituency is the most Republican in the nation held by Democrat.
“Yet while Mr. Dold and Matheson are, mathematically, the most endangered incumbents in America, in neither case is that analysis quite true,” the Times writes. It goes on to give a picture of both races and all four candidates.
On the same day the Times wrote about Dold’s bus tour, Roll Call dubbed the 10th District a White Whale, a literary reference to the sea mammal Capt. Ahab could not find. The Democrats have been running hard for the seat most of the time since former Rep. John Porter (R-Wilmette) retired in 2000.
Like Roll Call, the Rothenberg Report explained why the race will be close with a great deal of national attention.
“If any of these five House incumbents survive (Dold is included), it will surprise most dispassionate observers (including some in their own parties),” Rothenberg writes. “But upsets happen, and each of these candidates has a scenario for victory.”
Rothenberg touts how both Schneider and Dold have a profile to fit the District.