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The Democratic field has been reluctant to take shape before Murphy takes his next step, but Democrats to watch include state Speaker Chris Donovan and Simsbury First Selectwoman Mary Glassman.
The 5th district might not be the only trouble spot for Connecticut Democrats in 2012.
Rep. Joe Courtney (D) of the 2nd district is also mulling a run for Lieberman’s seat. “Over the past few months, people from across Connecticut whose advice I respect have encouraged me to consider a Senate run. I am seriously considering that challenge,” Courtney said in a statement earlier in the week.
The 2nd district, the state’s largest geographically, is slightly more favorable for Democrats than the 5th. But local Democrats note that Courtney needed a recount to beat Rob Simmons (R) in 2006.
Democrats say they’re taking nothing for granted. But they are quietly and cautiously optimistic that 2012 will be as good to Connecticut Democrats as 2010.
Murphy announced his Senate bid Thursday morning.