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Campaign 2010 Has Begun!

Maybe it's time to rename the blog Channel 2010!

Only 26 days remain until Election Day 2008, but there are 754 days until Election Day 2010 (if my math is correct). That means it's time for gubernatorial, Senate and some House candidates to start thinking about the next election cycle, which starts Nov. 5, 2008. (Don't believe me? Chris Cillizza has already whipped up a Friday Line on 2010 Governors races.)

Gov. David Paterson (D-N.Y.) has already started. He announced his bid for a full term on Tuesday, launched a new Web site and the campaign has just released a Web-only ad, reminding viewers of March 17, 2008, the day he took over for scandal-scarred Eliot Spitzer.

"Maybe it was when he drew the line on the state budget. When he made the hard choices and tough calls. Got everyone to pull together for the common good. About as uncommon a sight as Albany has ever seen," the video's announcer says.

Later: "Somewhere along the line, David Paterson began to prove that you can be nice, and you can be tough. That if you want to solve problems, you have to acknowledge them. And that if you want to level the playing field, you have to level with us."

Finally: "He didn't just take over that day, he took charge."

It's not yet clear if Paterson will face Democratic competition for the gubernatorial nomination and any potential Republican candidates have yet to publicly state their intentions. New York Republicans I spoke with at the GOP convention last month seemed to suggest the party would wait to see how Paterson handles the economic catastrophe the state faces in the coming years. Declining revenues on Wall Street mean much lower tax revenues for the state, which means big spending cuts on all sorts of programs.

But make no mistake: Campaign 2010 has begun in New York and across the country. To quote the great Al Pacino, "Just when I thought I was out...they pull me back in!"

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  October 9, 2008; 11:25 AM ET
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