Political analysts Stuart Rothenberg and Nathan L. Gonzalez say U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole is in trouble because she underestimated her opponent and believed her own press.
In a post on CNN’s political site, the analysts compare Dole's race with that of incumbent U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from Maine, Barb Barrett reports:
On the other hand, North Carolina's Elizabeth Dole, once regarded as a lock for re-election, looks as if she is about to fall at the hands of Democratic challenger Kay Hagan.
How did Dole become more endangered than Collins?
They say Dole didn't recognize that Hagan would pose a legitimate threat, and that Dole figured her early, strong poll numbers would hold up.
They also say the early advertising from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, along with the unexpected surge of support for Sen. Barack Obama here, are helping Hagan.