2010 Senate/Gov News (PA, LA, IL,TN, OH)

PA Specter (R)

Pat Toomey, a conservative former congressman who narrowly lost the 2004 Republican primary to Sen. Arlen Specter, said Monday he may demand a rematch next year.

Toomey, who is president of the anti-tax Club for Growth in Washington, recently had said he was considering running for Pennsylvania governor. But a written statement he issued Monday marked the first time he acknowledged publicly that he is contemplating taking on Specter for a second time.

LA Vitter (R)

Despite the urging of state and national Democrats, local Congressman Charlie Melancon says that, at least for now, he has decided against running for the U.S. Senate in 2010.

IL Burris (D)

Ilinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias announced today he created an exploratory committee to runfor the U.S. Senate in 2010. The seat is currently being held by Roland Burris. An exploratory committee will allow Giannoulias to raise money for a possible run.

OH Open Seat (R)

A Democratic state lawmaker from Cincinnati says he will run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican George Voinovich in 2010.


State Rep. Tyrone Yates says he’s already filed paperwork to establish an exploratory committee.

Yates is a former Cincinnati councilman in his fourth term as a state representative. Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher already had said they would seek the Democratic nomination.

Former Congressman Rob Portman of Cincinnati is the only Republican to declare for the race so far.

TN Governor Seat Open (D)

State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey has told Republicans in Greene County that he will run for governor in 2010. Others seeking the Republican nomination are Memphis prosecutor Bill Gibbons, Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp of Chattanooga.

Former state House Majority Leader Kim McMillan, D-Clarksville, has formed an exploratory committee, while several others have said they are considering running.