2010 Senate/Gov News ( PA, LA, OK, MA, RI, CT)

PA Specter (R)

Pat Toomey has begun telling friends that he will run for U.S. Senate against Republican Arlen Specter in 2010.

Two sources said they spoke with the former Lehigh Valley congressman this week and were told that he’s made up his mind about a repeat challenge of the five-term incumbent in next spring’s GOP primary. Toomey lost narrowly to Specter in the 2004 primary.

Richard Thulin, head of the 20-member Lehigh Valley Republican Network, sent an e-mail to others within the group today telling them that “Pat’s formal announcement will be forthcoming.”

“Interesting news,” he wrote. “Pat Toomey asked me to let you know that he has decided to challenge Arlen Specter.”

LA Vitter (R)

Several names have surfaced as possible challengers to Sen. David Vitter next year, but Sen. Rob Marionneaux, D-Livonia, is the first to say he is strongly considering it.

OK Open Seat Governor (D)

Former Republican Rep. J.C. Watts has lawmakers talking about the possibility he could be setting the stage to run for governor.  

Republican Rep. Mary Fallin of the 5th Congressional District has said she is running for the post, making the announcement at a meeting of Oklahoma County Democrats last Saturday.
Lt. Gov. Jari Askins has jumped into the race on the Democratic side, and Attorney General Drew Edmondson also has been campaigning, but has not officially announced. 

RI Open Seat (R)

Former Cranston Mayor Steve Laffey told WPRO’s The Dan Yorke Show that he’s not going to run for governor in 2010.

MA Patrick (D)

State Treasurer Tim Cahill may be thinking about a run for governor and may force a primary.

CT Rell (R)

Three years after an unlikely quest for the United States Senate established Ned Lamont as a national Democratic figure, he said he is weighing another electoral adventure: a challenge to Gov. M. Jodi Rell, one Republican whose political fortunes have not fallen with the Dow.