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2010 Gov/Senate Race News: IL, OH, KY, AL, NJ

IL Burris (D) Senate Seat

In an interview with The Hill, Congressman Roskam promoted his Illinois GOP colleague, Rep. Mark Kirk, saying he would be “a very, very strong candidate.”

But Roskam also said he would consider the race but would defer if Kirk runs.

Democrats including Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.) have already hinted that they might run, even if Burris seeks the seat in 2010.

 

OH (R) Open Senate Seat

The DC Democrats are pushing for SOS Jennifer Burner to enter the race.

The Public Policy Polling (D) did poll on race:

Portman 43%

Burner 34%

KY Bunning (R)

 Democratic Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo believes he would have the upper hand if he decides to run for the Senate seat now held by the Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning.

Mongiardo told The Associated Press on Friday that if he enters the race he expects the 77-year-old Republican to bow out. Bunning eked out a win in 2004 when Mongiardo, then a littleknown state senator from Hazard, ran for the post.

AL Open Governor Race (R)

Alabama Speaker of the House Seth Hammett has decided not to run for governor in 2010. 

Hammett, D-Andalusia, said in a statement this morning that he had been considering a run for more than a year, but has decided to concentrate on his district and duties as speaker. 

NJ

A Growing list of Republicans are tackling to take on Gov Corzine in Garden State.  They include: Mayor Levine, Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Mendham), former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, and former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie.  Chrisitie who took on many of corrupt NJ politicians and won is polling the best so far.