2010 Senate/Gov News: (FL, IA, NV, CO, OH, KY, NY)

Florida Possibly Open Seat (R)

Republican Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson said Tuesday he plans to run for governor if Gov. Charlie Crist runs for the U.S. Senate.

While it’s widely speculated that Democratic Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink and Republican Attorney General Bill McCollum will also run for governor if Crist runs for Senate, Bronson is the first major politician to say he will seek the seat.

IA Culver (D)

Iowa congressman Steve King says he’s more likely to run forgovernor next year in light of the Iowa Supreme Court’s ruling last week overturning the state’s ban on gay marriage.

NV Gibbons (R)

Republican Reno Mayor Bob Cashell says he has lined up significant financial commitments from several “well-connected” people in southern Nevada as he mulls a run for governor next year.

2 Republicans have already announced plans to challenge Gov. Jim Gibbons in a primary – North Las Vegas Mayor Mike Montandon and former state Senator Joe Heck of Henderson. Possible Democratic candidates include Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley and Clark County Commissioner Rory Reid

Some Democrat US Senate Fundraising Numbers To Report

Kentucky: Mongiardo brought in $420,00 in the first quarter. 

Ohio Lt. Governor Lee Fisher is expected to announce Tuesday morning that his U.S. Senate campaign raised more than $1 million in the first quarter, which ended March 31, according to a source close to the campaign. Fisher has been raising money for just more than six weeks.
DENVER (AP) — Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet has never run for public office, but he knows how to raise money.

The campaign of the appointed Democrat says Bennet raised more than $1.37 million in the first quarter of the year.


New York: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who will try to retain the Senate seat she was appointed to early this year, announced Monday that she raised $2.3 million in her first two months on the fundraising trail. Giannoulias’s report will offer a similar fundraising pace, and Gillibrand was one of the top fundraisers among congressional incumbents last cyc