Redstate’s 2010 election update

Jim Ellis at Redstate:

Senate Update

Colorado: Weld County (Greeley) District Attorney Ken Buck (R) officially announced his candidacy for the Senate seat of appointed incumbent Michael Bennet (D). Buck joins Aurora at-Large City Councilman Ryan Frazier as an official Republican candidate. Former Rep. Bob Beauprez (R-CO-7) is also a potential contender. Polling already shows a close race and this seat is in play for the Republicans.

Florida: It appears that Gov. Charlie Crist (R) will make an official announcement about his 2010 electoral plans next week. It is now better than an even bet that he will run for the Senate. This will set off a wild scramble for the vacated Governor’s post, but Crist will be in a strong position for election to the Senate. Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL-17) and Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio are the leading Democratic candidates, though the latter has not officially announced her candidacy.

Illinois: Sources close to Rep. Mark Kirk (R-IL-10) say he is just days away from making a decision about running for the Senate. It is likely an announcement will come next week. On the Democratic side, Christopher Kennedy, son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and the individual responsible for running Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, is also said to be considering the race. Polling shows a close Democratic primary, and Kirk running even with or just slightly behind all of the top candidates with the exception of Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D). She has strong leads in both the primary and general elections.

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