2010 Senate/Gov News ( KS,TN,WI,OH,IA,CT)

KS Open Senate Seat (R)

Rep. Todd Tiahrt has kicked off his campaign to run for the U.S. Senate in 2010. 

Tiahrt’s Saturday announcement sets up a clash with fellow Republican Rep. Jerry Moran over the seat now held by Republican Sam Brownback.

Sebelius hasn’t expressed an interest in the Senate, but she’s term-limited as governor.

WI Governor Doyle (D)

Fmr Congressman Neumann said he’s leaning “very heavily” toward getting into the race, though he won’t decide until fall.

It’s been a decade since Neumann served in public office. He represented Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District from 1995 to 1999, before losing by a 2-percent margin to Sen. Russ Feingold in the 1998 Senate race.

TN Open Governor Race (D)

U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis (D) announced Thursday he won’t run for Tennessee governor in 2010.

OH Strickland (D)

Fmr Congressman Kasich said he is considering a run for governor in 2010 and that he will make a decision sometime this year on whether to challenge current Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland. But he said the focus of his speech Friday was Ohio jobs.

CT Rell (R)

Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz says she’ll be seeking the Democratic nomination for governor for the 2010 election.

Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell hasn’t announced whether she’ll seek re-election.

IA Culver (D)

Republican State Auditor David Vaudt said Tuesday he’ll decide whether to run for governor within a few months.

Vaudt, in his second term as auditor and one of two Republicans who hold statewide elective office, has often been mentioned as a leading GOP candidate to run in 2010 against Democratic Gov. Chet Culver, who is expected to seek a second term.