Keeping a close eye on developments in the 2008 U.S. Senate races
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Lots of tidbits for your Thursday reading:
NPR's Ken Rudin offers a thorough analysis of the 2008 Senate landscape, with a quick hit for each race. South Dakota: The Hill glances at a possible Rep. Herseth vs. Gov. Rounds battle if Senator Johnson is unable to run for re-election. Aside from Rounds, the article mentions, "other possibilities for federal office include attorney Jim Seward and Barb Everist, a former state Senate majority leader." New Hampshire: A day later and a day more certain: The Portsmouth Herald reports that Mayor Steve Marchand is in for a 2008 Senate run. The article also mentions, "Marchand said his choice was made easier after he received information that neither Gov. John Lynch nor former Gov. Jeanne Shaheen were interested in taking on Sununu next year." I guess Shaheen is out. Go Marchand! West Virginia: Perenially the possible challenger, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is considering a challenge to Senator Jay Rockefeller. The Hill also mentions that others considering a possible run include 2006 Byrd challenger John Raese, former state senator Steve Harrison, Secretary of State Betty Ireland, and newly-elected state senator Mike Hall. Tennessee: Harold Ford Jr. is considering a role that would probably preclude him from running for Senate in 2008, Chair of the Democratic Leadership Council. Political Wire looks at the latest Cook Political Report analysis.