2010 Senate/Gov/Congressional Updates (NY, VA, CA, TN, NV, NH, PA, IL)

NY 20 Open Seat (D)

Democrat Scott Murphy’s lead is slipping in the too-close-to-call special congressional election in eastern New York.

The state Board of Elections reports that unofficial counts show Murphy leads Republican Jim Tedisco by 25 votes. The lead has seesawed since the March 31 election and absentee ballots are expected to decide the winner.

VA Open Seat Gov (D)

Republican Bob McDonnell raised $2.2 million for his campaign for governor in the last three months, outpacing all but one of his three Democratic rivals. McDonnell, who is unopposed for the Republican nomination, had $3.5 million in cash on hand through March 31, more than any of his Democratic opponents.

TN Open Seat (D)

Former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr.(D) announced Monday he won’t run for Tennessee governor in 2010.

CA Open Seat (R)

Georges Marciano, a co-founder of the Guess clothing empire, is the latest person seeking to become governor of California.

The one-time fashion magnate’s paperwork was recorded on Monday with the secretary of state’s office, allowing him to run as an independent in 2010, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is termed out.

NV Reid (D)

Mr. Reid now has more than $5 million on hand after starting the year with $3.3 million, said a Democratic official familiar with the Reid campaign’s first-quarter contribution reports, which are due Monday.

A Few Congressional Updates:

PA 6 Gerlach (R)

A former newspaperman from Lower Merion will seek the Democratic nomination to run in 2010 for the 6th District congressional seat held by Republican Jim Gerlach.

Doug Pike, 59, said he’s starting his campaign early to allow ample time to introduce himself to voters.

Pike is willing to put $1 million of his own money toward his campaign.  Gerlach is considering a run for Governor Seat; he won re-election with 52% in 2008 while Obama won district with 58%.

NH Porter (D)

The mayor of the state’s largest city says he will run for higher office next year instead of seeking a third term.

Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta told the New Hampshire Sunday News that he will announce by the end of the month which office he will seek. He says he’s been asked to run for governor, Congress and the Senate.  

Its been highly hinted he is running for Congress Seat.

IL 10 Kirk (R)

State Sen. Susan Garrett said she is seriously considering a bid for 10th Congressional District seat in 2010 should U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk decide to run for U.S. Senate or governor.

Garrett, D-29th, of Lake Forest said she has been contacted by national Democratic Party officials in Washington to consider the 10th District post if it becomes an open seat.



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