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Democrats Say Brown Rival Will Emerge Late

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Democrats say Republican Sen. Scott Brown is their top 2012 target as they hope to flip his Massachusetts seat. But they have no clear favorite candidate to challenge him.

“There’s sufficient time left to raise the money that would be required to defeat him. But I think the window is closing. One would need to decide within the next 60 to 90 days in order to be successful,” he said, adding that attacks from Washington could help weaken Brown but that local media in particular would more likely report criticism by an actual Democratic candidate on the ground in Massachusetts.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, meanwhile, laughed off the suggestion that Democratic candidates are wise to delay a formal challenge.

“This is far and away one of the worst efforts at spin I’ve ever seen,” NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh said. “But considering Sen. Brown’s $7 million and growing war chest and poll numbers, then by all means I’d encourage national Democrats to keep believing it.”

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