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Monday, March 1, 2010

The Domino Effect: Bayh and Feingold

Tommy Thompson, former governor of Wisconsin and Secretary of Health and Human Services under Bush, announced that he is considering challenging Russ Feingold in the 2010 senate race. IMHO, Feingold doesn't have too much to worry about (yet). He may be uber liberal, but he's generally well-liked within the state and hasn't given anyone a reason to doubt him. As long as he avoids any major missteps or scandals, Feingold is still secure in his seat. The Thompson campaign would merely be a bigger drain on the campaign budget for both parties, as Thompson is a more serious challenger than the other current Republican candidates.
This is exactly the situation that pundits were chattering about after news of Evan Bayh's retirement-- that Democrats will barely hold on to their majority and need every seat they can get to maintain it. This may be the beginning of a Domino effect, with Bayh's seat up for grabs and a potentially tougher race for another Democratic seat...will it continue?

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