Hawaii Democrat Daniel K. Inouye , the third longest-serving U.S. Senate incumbent, has affirmed his plans to run for re-election in 2010, rebuffing speculation that he might not choose to run for a ninth term at age 86.
Gov Lingle who is term limited may be less likely to run now.
Porter, a three-term congressman, was ousted from his Las Vegas-area seat by Democrat Dina Titus in November. In the Roll Call interview, Porter said he was currently focused on working with Titus in the transition effort.
Republicans have yet to find a candidate to challenge U.S. Sen. Harry Reid. Since he announced interest in joining the race in November, Lt. Brian Krolicki has been hit with an indictment from the state Attorney General’s office stemming from his management of a student loan program.
Republican U.S. Congressman Jim Gerlach, fresh off a successful re-election bid last month, will decide in the coming weeks whether to run for Pennsylvania governor in 2010, according to staff members.
Potential Republican candidates include Attorney General Tom Corbett, former U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan, former U.S. Rep. Pat Toomey, former Lt. Gov. Bill Scranton, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and current Lt. Gov. Joe Scarnati.
Democrat Attorney General Drew Edmondson has sent a letter to supporters saying he will not seek re-election and intends to run for governor.
Possible Republican candidates include U.S. Reps. Mary Fallin and Tom Cole