2010: Congress/Senate News (KY, OH, KS, CT, ID, PA) Post Yours
We must start working on taking back the House/Senate so here are some updates on the 2010 Races:
KY Bunning (R)
Daily Kos Poll
Bunning leads Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo (D), the only Democrat who has made his candidacy official, by 46 percent to 42 percent. He’s ahead of Attorney General Jack Conway (D), who has made his interest in the race clear, by the same margin.
Conway and close ally Crit Luallen, the state’s auditor, have said they will not run in a primary against each other. If Luallen opts for a bid instead of Conway, she begins with 41 percent to Bunning’s 45 percent.
Bunning leads Rep. Ben Chandler (D), who has walked back from his initial skepticism on entering the race, by a 45 percent to 42 percent margin
KS Open Senate Seat (R)
A new Research 2000/DailyKos poll in shows Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) would be a very strong candidate for U.S. Senate in 2010, leading two likely Republicans challengers by double digits.
Sebelius also has a very solid 56% to 37% approval rate in a what is generally considered a safe Republican state.
CT Dodd/ Governor Race
Fmr Congressman Simmons (R) has indicated he may challenge Senator Dodd in 2010 or if Gov Rell does not run for re-election for the Governors mansion.
OH 1 Steve Driehaus (D)
Former Congressman Steve Chabot will try to win his seat back in 2010.
ID 1 Minnick (D)
Former Idaho Republican congressman Bill Sali is planning another run for the U.S. House.
Sali, who lost his House seat in November to Democrat Walt Minnick, filed a statement of candidacy this week with the Federal Election Commission. The paperwork indicates Sali will take the same “Sali for Congress” name used in his 2006 and 2008 campaigns.
PA 6 Gerlach (R)
Pennsylvania Rep. Jim Gerlach, a politically moderate Republican who has narrowly won four House elections in a district that is trending Democratic, took a formal step Thursday toward a campaign for governor in 2010.
Gerlach, whose 6th District takes in suburbs and exurbs west of Philadelphia, announced that he had filed papers with Pennsylvania election officials to establish an “exploratory committee” that would allow him to raise and spend campaign funds as he weighs whether to become an official candidate.