Virginia: Failed former Gov. Jim Gilmore officially - yawn - enters the 2008 Senate race. If Gilmore's goal is to pay off the remaining debt from his short-lived Presidential campaign, he may very well be successful. If his goal is to become a U.S. Senator, I'm thinking he'll fall well short. The DSCC offers a thorough look at Gilmore's record of fiscal mismanagement. Meanwhile, Gilmore may face a primary challenger yet, in the person of businessman and state delegate Chris Saxman.
Nebraska: Nebraskan bloggers in the know are spotlighting rumors that a possible Republican Senate candidate, businessman Tony Raimondo, may find himself being wooed to run for the seat as a Democrat. The natural follow-up question is: Why not just get an actual Democrat to run? In other news, Don Walton churns out an idea worthy of the rumor mill, should Scott Kleeb decline: "Maybe Diane Nelson could be the Democratic Senate surprise, listed on the ballot as Mrs. Ben Nelson."
Kentucky: Mitch McConnell nicknamed himself "The Grim Reaper." Write your own punchlines.
Minnesota: Al Franken is rolling along with endorsements from AFSCME and the firefighters' union.
North Carolina: Public Policy Polling looks at relationships between the issues voters care about in the NC-Sen race and the candidate they support.
Massachusetts: Could failed Republican Congressional candidate Jim Ogonowski be considering a 2008 Senate challenge to Senator John Kerry? Ogonowski was defeated in a special election (i.e. he had all the Republican muscle behind him, undistracted) by a Democrat running a less-than-stellar campaign. I can't fathom how he'd do any better statewide against Kerry. But the MA-GOP has to field someone, I suppose.
New Mexico: Joe Monahan looks at the role GOP Rep. Steve Pearce's personal wealth could play in his Senate primary against GOP Rep. Heather Wilson, and also sees Pete Domenici possibly lending Wilson a helping hand.
The DSCC's massive fundraising advantage over the NRSC is about to get even stronger.