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So, in the New Year's spirit of self-improvement, I'm going to challenge myself. We've had lots of gubernatorial news over the past week, but I'm going to limit myself to one sentence per state. No colons, semicolons, dashes or parentheticals (my favorite!) will be allowed. Can I do it?
In California, Meg Whitman moved toward a run for governor, setting up a showdown in the Republican primary between the former eBay chief executive and Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, each of whom is thought to possess hundreds of millions of dollars.
In New Mexico, Bill Richardson announced he will withdraw his Commerce Secretary nomination and remain governor, depriving fellow Democrat Lt. Gov. Diane Denish the advantages of incumbency ahead of her 2010 campaign.
In Kansas, Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson announced that he wouldn't be a candidate in 2010, leaving Democrats without an obvious standard-bearer.
In Tennessee, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, the leading G.O.P. contender, announced he isn't running, prompting three other Republicans to declare their candidacies, including Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp and Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons.
In Virginia, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe formally announced his bid, ensuring that he will be the focal point of a competitive three-way primary for the Democratic nomination.
In Vermont, state Sen. Doug Racine, a former lieutenant governor and Democratic nominee for governor in 2002, announced he's running in 2010, signifying that his party will mount a more aggressive challenge to Republican Gov. Jim Douglas than they have in previous cycles.
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