4th District Race Is A Toss-Up: Cook Report Reflects Enthusiasm for Change and the Himes Campaign's Strength
Today the Cook Political Report, a respected source of non-partisan political opinion, switched the Fourth District Congressional race from "Leans Republican" to "Toss Up." The shift reflects the thirst for change evident in the district, as well as the strength of support for Democratic challenger Jim Himes.
"Families in this district are hurting," said Himes. "They are being squeezed by skyrocketing gas and food prices, increased property taxes, and rising interest rates. And they know Washington hasn't done anything to address our education, health care, and environmental problems. The voters I meet on the campaign trail are eager for a representative who addresses real middle class concerns. I'm running for Congress because I believe that we can begin to restore opportunity by making smart choices. As the son of a single working mom, I know just how important that is and I am committed to restoring middle class opportunity and the American Dream."
"We have been pounding the pavement to get Jim Himes' message of change out to Connecticut families and this is major validation that Jim's message is resonating," said Maura Keaney, Himes' campaign manager. "Chris Shays has consistently been on the wrong side when it comes to both the war and the economy. The more people get to know Jim, they more they recognize that he has the right priorities for families in our district. Voters know Jim will be on their side when it really counts."