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  Democrats hold cautious hope of capturing Hutchison's Senate seat
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MediaNewspaper - Dallas Morning News
News DateThursday, February 12, 2009 09:40:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBy TODD J. GILLMAN / The Dallas Morning News

WASHINGTON – The Democrats’ top Senate campaign strategist said his party has an eye on Kay Bailey Hutchison’s seat – but not too close an eye.

“No place is a bridge too far for Democrats,” said New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, briefing reporters this afternoon on the 2010 electoral playing field.

The contests bode well for his party, Menendez said. He ticked off five states where GOP senators have announced they won’t seek another term, creating especially good opportunities for Democrats: Florida, Ohio, Kansas, Missouri and New Hampshire.

Menendez didn’t put Texas on the list, even though Hutchison is giving up her Senate seat to run for governor and says she may leave by the end of this year.

“I didn’t mention Texas because until we have an opening, we don’t have an opening,” Menendez said. “But I take Kay Bailey Hutchison at her word, which is that she intends to run for governor and that she intends to resign her seat. If that happens we will have a great candidate in Texas.”
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