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Now this is strange – maybe.

Just today, we’ve seen three announcements of Democrats who are not seeking re-election in the upcoming 2010 election:

  • Colorado Governor Bill Ritter announced he was not going to seek re-election.  Turns out, Ritter has had, what was described by Channel 7 Denver as having “flaccid” poll numbers and a borderline hostile relationship with organized labor.  I’m watching this one, because Colorado is at a pivot point, having just switched blue during the 2008 elections.  What’s scary here is that Ritter can now be a loose cannon with little repercussion, since re-election is not on the table anymore as a constraint.
  • North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan announced he wanted to “pursue other interests”.  Rumor has it he was on the downward trend too, being led by something like 22 points by Gov. John Hoeven. Both Hoeven and Dorgan had high approvals, which would have made this race something of a “rock-star duel”.  Of course, I wouldn’t look for Dorgan to play anything harder than something from Crosby, Stills, and Nash.
  • Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd will be announcing on Wednesday that he’s out.  The leader of the Senatorial Banking committee is watching his own poll numbers come crashing down, which could cause the other Connecticut seat to flip away from the Democrats.  This move is clearly strategic.

Now we also got the word that six GOP senators are looking to call it quits as well.  But it seems kind of strange that we saw three Democrats, relatively prominent, who are jumping ship.

November 2010 is fixing to get a bit more interesting.

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Written by The Rabid Conservative

January 6, 2010 at 1:19 am

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