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2010 Senate/Gov News Update: AL, WI, OH, NV

AL Open Seat (R)

Alabama’s “Ten Commandments Judge” Roy Moore said he’s “very inclined” to make another race for governor.

Moore, a Republican, said he plans to announce a decision in June.

He ran for governor against Republican incumbent Bob Riley in 2006.

He received about 33 percent of the vote.

WI Doyle (D)

Former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann said Thursday it was highly likely he would run. A homebuilder with a business based in Pewaukee, Neumann said he’s not raising money yet, but he is speaking with potential supporters and plans to make an announcement by October.

OH Open Seat (R)

Fundraising Alert

Former Rep. Rob Portman’s Senate campaign announced the Ohio Republican raised $1.7 million in the first quarter of 2009.

Portman, who faces no major opponent in the GOP primary, also transferred $1.4 million left in his House campaign account, giving him more than $3 million cash on hand and a solid start in what is expected to be one of the top races in the country.

Lt.Gov. Lee Fisher (D) announced last week that he raised $1 million in the first quarter. Fisher faces a primary with Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner (D), who hasn’t released her fundraising figures.
NV Reid (D)

Former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle is exploring the possibility of running against U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., in 2010.

 

A four-term member of the Nevada Assembly, the 59-year-old Angle lost a 2006 primary race for the 2nd Congressional District seat, which fellow Republican Dean Heller eventually won.

She ran an unsuccessful 2008 primary race against state Senate Minority Leader Bill Raggio, R-Reno.

Nevada Republicans have failed to field a clear opponent against Reid so far.

Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki had talked about taking on Reid, a Democrat who has raised about $7 million for his re-election.

But Krolicki’s candidate status has been uncertain since his indictment on felony charges of misappropriating state funds. The case is pending.