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Democrats coming out of woodwork

January 7, 2010
Daily Press

How quickly the political landscape can change - especially in an election year.

On Tuesday, Michigan's Lt. Gov. John Cherry decided not to pursue the nomination for the state's top job. Cherry would have been the Democrats' frontrunner considering his current position.

However, low poll numbers (even though that was denied as the reason for dropping out) and Cherry's lack of speed to back away from current Gov. Jennifer Granholm was just too much to overcome.

Talk about opening up a race now for all who care to enter. Could this be a lock for the GOP to lay claim to in November? We are not sure but it does give them a major advantage since the frontrunners there have been campaigning for some time and have name recognition built.

It also is going to be a difficult time for Democrats anyway because they have been the party in power and the nation and state is in one of it's worst recessions in quite some time.

What makes this race even more interesting now is because the GOP will be looking to strip the Democrats of this key battleground state. President Barack Obama won the state on his way to the White House by 16 points, but more than half in a recent poll are not pleased with Obama's performance.

There have been some names thrown out as potential Democratic contenders such as state House Speaker Andy Dillion and even U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak. Neither one have made any type of formal announcement.

This is not a good time for any legislator who has been sitting in power to be up for re-election. Normally, when times are tough, voters tend to give the other party a chance. In this case, the next several years are going to be very bumpy ones for the Democrats.

As for Michigan, hold on to your hats because Democratic challengers are going to start coming out of the woodwork.



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