New Hampshire: Lynch Out, Eyes Turn to Hodes, Shea-Porter
Gov. John Lynch (D) told reporters in New Hampshire on Wednesday that he will not run for Senate next year.
I can tell you that although I dont know what Ill be doing in 2010, Im not going to run for the United States Senate, Lynch said, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader. So, that shouldnt be a distraction as I continue to work on the budget.
Sen. Judd Gregg (R) announced in November that he plans to run for re-election. Democrats had hoped that Lynch arguably the most popular politician in the state would take him on, although local operatives said they were not surprised the three-term governor turned down a bid.
Speculation about possible challengers now focuses on sophomore Reps. Paul Hodes (D) and Carol Shea-Porter (D), both of whom are said to be interested in running against Gregg.
As I have said before, I am seriously considering a race for the US Senate but my immediate focus is on the economic crisis and how to help New Hampshire middle class families to recover, Hodes said in a statement.
Jamie Radice, a spokeswoman for Shea-Porter, would not comment directly on a potential Senate candidacy.
It is believed that Democratic insiders prefer a Hodes candidacy over Shea-Porter, in part because his House district would be easier for the party to retain in 2010.