2010 Senate/Gov News (GA, AL, MI, RI, FL, SD)

GA Open Gov Seat (R)

Democrat Dubose Porter has announced he will run for Governor. 

The Georgia House Minority Leader announced in his hometown paper, the Dublin Courier Herald, that he will seek the governorship in 2010

State Attorney General Thurbert Baker and former LT. Gen David Poythress have entered, with former Governor Roy Barnes expected to announce soon.

AL Open Gov Seat (R)

Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks has announced plans to run for governor next year after weeks of speculation 

Congressman Artur Davis of Birmingham is the only announced Democratic candidate for governor, but Sen. Roger Bedford of Russellville says he’s considering running.

MI Open Gov Seat (D)

State Attorney General Mike Cox (R) says he will run to become the governor of Michigan in the 2010 race.

U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra of Holland kicked off his campaign to become Michigan’s next governor Monday.

Others expected to run include Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land and state Senator Tom George of Texas Township.

RI Open Gov Seat (R)

Lincoln Chafee lost his Senate seat as a liberal Republican, but he returned Monday as an independent candidate preparing to run for Rhode Island governor as the state is battered by its worst recession in decades.

FL Open Senate Seat (R)

Congressman Mac took himself out of running for open seat and endorsed Gov Crist

SD Thune (R)

What would a rematch look like between South Dakota’s GOP Sen. John Thune and the man he beat in 2004, former Sen. Tom Daschle? Thune edged the former Senate Democratic leader by 50.6 percent to 49.4 percent last time, and a Research 2000 poll conducted March 30 – April says that Thune would win 53 percent to percent with 7 percent undecided if a 2010 vote were held today.

Research 2000 also matched Thune against Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin and showed Thune beating her 51 percent to 39 percent with 10 percent undecided.

Thune has better favorable-to-unfavorable rations than either Democrat at 57 percent to 32 percent. Daschle’s is 50 percent to 43 percent, and Herseth Sandlin’s is 53 percent to 31 percent.

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