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Doyle Won't Seek Third Term in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle (D) has decided against seeking a third term in 2010, a decision that opens up another competitive gubernatorial contest in the upper Midwest.

Two sources familiar with Doyle's decision said that he would announce this week that he will not run. The news was first reported by Jmart over at Politico.

First elected in 2002, Doyle saw his popularity numbers sink as Wisconsin's economy struggled to ride out the national recession. Doyle's numbers were so bad that some strategists had suggested that the party would be better if he retired and left the seat open rather than try to win a third term.

With Doyle out of the race, the Democratic field is likely to be crowded. Among the names mentioned are Rep. Ron Kind, Lt. Gov. Barb Lawton, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk.

Several Republicans -- Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and former Rep. Mark Neumann -- were already running for the top spot. It's not clear whether that field will grow in the wake of Doyle's announcement.

The Upper Midwest is shaping up -- yet again -- as a prime battleground between the parties with open seats in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and Republicans growing increasingly optimistic about their chances against Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D).

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 16, 2009; 7:03 AM ET
Categories:  Governors  
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Comments

CNN ran this story and managed to find a way to dig at Sarah Palin.

At least the liberal Washington Post took the high ground on the governor's announcement.

Posted by: FredCDobbs | August 17, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

FairlingtonBlade, as long as the are all Democrats, I wouldn't mind new Govs. in WI, MI and MN.

Posted by: hobsry7350 | August 17, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

(whoops, sorry for the triple post)

Posted by: JayPen | August 17, 2009 2:15 AM | Report abuse

So what happens to Doyle's warchest? IIRC, he had around $2m saved up for the 2010 election - does he give that to a chosen successor (very useful to suddenly have that added to your campaign account), does he wait until after the primary and give it away to the nominee, or does he have to hold on to it or give it back?

Posted by: JayPen | August 17, 2009 2:14 AM | Report abuse

So what happens to Doyle's warchest? IIRC, he had around $2m saved up for the 2010 election - does he give that to a chosen successor (very useful to suddenly have that added to your campaign account), does he wait until after the primary and give it away to the nominee, or does he have to hold on to it or give it back?

Posted by: JayPen | August 17, 2009 2:14 AM | Report abuse

So what happens to Doy;e's warchest? IIRC, he had around $2m saved up for the 2010 election - does he give that to a chosen successor (very useful to suddenly have that added to your campaign account), does he wait until after the primary and give it away to the nominee, or does he have to hold on to it or give it back?

Posted by: JayPen | August 17, 2009 2:14 AM | Report abuse

When the divorce rumors first appeared Palin accused the press of "making things up." Now this is all over the front pages of the two-digit press and you really have to wonder if she's running from one grocery store to another and grabbing the papers out of the racks.

Meanwhile Kirstie Allie is looking pretty damned bad.

Anyway it's nice to see Palin right where she belongs.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 16, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

"Seeing ex- ex- ex- Palin in the checkout counter press goes a long way to restoring a sense of coherence in the world"

Yeah, but it's still annoying that because of these things, I know who Kevin Federline is.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 16, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Seeing ex- ex- ex- Palin in the checkout counter press goes a long way to restoring a sense of coherence in the world

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 16, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett just moved up a few points in the Gov's race.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/08/16/Suspect-held-in-beating-of-Milwaukee-mayor/UPI-44551250435626/

Posted by: bsimon1 | August 16, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Palin, two tabloids at the grocery store had cover stories on her divorce. All those people complaining about how the press dropped the ball on the Edwards story probably want a closer look at this, right?

Posted by: DDAWD | August 16, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Joked is quite the GOP cheerleader considering he's allegedly not a Republican.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | August 16, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

GOP snowball will start rolling this November in New Jersey and Virginia, going through the Midwest to the Left Coast next year.

Posted by: JerkD

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Hope springs eternal. Palin in 2012, Right? Sixty million shadowy votes?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 16, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

CC posted:

"Among the names mentioned are Rep. Ron Kind, Lt. Gov. Barb Lawton, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk."

Can one make the move from chief executive of the most liberal county in Wisconsin to governor in one step?

In Texas, no one from Travis County could do that. I am asking for a WI view.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | August 16, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

"I've a feeling CC meant to say with open seats in Michigan and Minnesota as this story is about Wisconsin. Just think. Soon, you'll be able to drive from Duluth to Mackinac with shiny new governors. BB
Posted by: FairlingtonBlade"

No big trick, just who is the Head Man in Ontario, anyway?

Posted by: ceflynline | August 16, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

GOP snowball will start rolling this November in New Jersey and Virginia, going through the Midwest to the Left Coast next year.

Posted by: JakeD | August 16, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I've a feeling CC meant to say with open seats in Michigan and Minnesota as this story is about Wisconsin. Just think. Soon, you'll be able to drive from Duluth to Mackinac with shiny new governors.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | August 16, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

The Upper Midwest states with open governor's seats...MI, WI...feel's like we're missing one still sir :)

(think Franken)

Posted by: colincampbell | August 16, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

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