Table: Where the White House Has Been Meddling
The Bushies favor Representative Saxby Chambliss over former state legislator Bob Irvin to challenge Max Cleland for his Senate seat.
After Richard Vinroot, former mayor of Charlotte, stepped aside for Liddy Dole, who is seeking the GOP Senate nomination, the RNC gave him $200,000 to retire campaign debts.
Rove & Co. recruited Representative John Thune to run against Senator Tim Johnson.
Bush backed former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan over financier Bill Simon in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Simon won.
State House Majority Leader Tim Pawlenty is being pushed aside so former St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman can take on liberal Senator Paul Wellstone without a primary.
Representative Greg Ganske was recruited to run against Senator Tom Harkin, getting the nod over the more doctrinaire Bill Salier.
The White House is favoring former Dayton Mayor Mike Turner over newspaper publisher Roy Brown for Representative Tony Hall's seat.