Pennsylvania: Barletta, Kanjorski Rematch?

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The leading contender for the Republican nomination is Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta, who entered the race Dec. 9 to pursue a rematch of the 2008 race that Kanjorski won by just 3 percentage points. The incumbent ran well behind Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama , who won by 15 points in the typically Democratic-leaning northeastern Pennsylvania district that includes Scranton and Wilkes-Barre.

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Iowa: Branstad Is Officially In!

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Former Gov. Terry Branstad officially entered the race for the Republican nomination for governor today, announcing via Twitter he will tour the state beginning Jan. 19 in Des Moines.

Branstad, a Boone Republican who served four four-year terms as governor from 1983-99, will continue his announcement tour through Jan. 22, according to a message posted at www.twitter.com/GovBranstad2010.

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Democrat Panic: Colorado Governor Ritter Quits Too

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Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter (D) will not seek a second term this fall, according to Democratic sources briefed on his decision.

Ritter, elected in a landslide in 2006, had seen his political fate dip considerably in the intervening years, and faced an extremely difficult re-election race against former Rep. Scott McInnis (R) in November.

Washington Post

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North Dakota: Dorgan Quits!

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This is now favored to be another pickup for the Republicans in this year’s elections even without Governor Hoeven. What was just recently unthinkable keeps getting closer to a real possibility: The GOP could gain the 11 seats it needs to regain the Senate for the American people. In 1980, the Republicans picked up 12 seats, so it is not unprecedented in modern times.

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New Hampshire: Republican Candidates Lead in Senate Race

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Ayotte              43
Hodes              36

Lamontagne    37
Hodes              31

American Research Group

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