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Daily Fix Poll: Who will be the star of the Senate class of 2010?

By Felicia Sonmez

Every cycle produces its new stars in the Senate.

In 1998, it was Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), a New York City-based congressman who ousted three-term incumbent Sen. Al D'Amato (R) and went on to star as chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Two years later, it was another Democratic senator from the Big Apple, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. 'Nuff said on that one.

In 2004, two newly-elected senators stole the national spotlight: the new Democratic senator from Illinois, Barack Obama, and South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune. (If some Republicans have their way, Thune and Obama will face off for the presidency in 2012.)

And in 2006, it was Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who became the first woman elected to the Senate from the Show Me State by defeating incumbent Sen. Jim Talent (R) by the narrowest of margins and quickly established herself as a leading surrogate for Obama's presidential campaign and a political force in her own right.

This year, there's no shortage of candidates with star potential -- if they can just manage to get elected this fall.

Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, ophthalmologist Rand Paul, former Ohio Rep. Rob Portman and New Hampshire Attorney General Kelly Ayotte are some of the potential stars on the GOP while Democrats envision great things for Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and Indiana Rep. Brad Ellsworth.

Who is most likely to be the star of the 2010 Senate class? Give us your thoughts below.

By Felicia Sonmez  | September 9, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  Daily Fix Poll, Senate  
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