Combined data from Washington Post-ABC News polls do show that while the country as a whole tilts in favor of gay marriage, voters in some key swing states oppose it.
Seven of the 11 Democratic nominees or likely nominees running for open seats this cycle already support gay marriage. Of those, four are running in swing states — Rep. Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin, Rep. Shelley Berkley in Nevada, Rep. Martin Heinrich in New Mexico, and former Sen.Bob Kerrey in Nebraska. (Rep. Mazie Hirono in Hawaii, Rep. Chris Murphy in Connecticut and Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts are the others.) In those races, nothing has changed, although Obama’s endorsement might elevate the issue a bit.
Hirono’s primary opponent, Ed Case, supports gay marriage while the likely Republican nominee, Linda Lingle, did not return Civil Beat’s call following President Obama’s historic announcement last week.