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Two governors made big announcements about their political futures over the last few days.
Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle, a two-term Democrat, announced he would not seek a third term next year. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has a good overview this morning of all of the candidates who are thinking about running to replace him. Doyle's approval ratings were down, so it's not a big surprise that he decided to call it quits.
In Idaho, Gov. Butch Otter, a Republican first elected in 2006, said that he plans to run again (although he didn't make an official announcement). Otter was bruised by the state legislature this year, which rejected his push for a gas tax increase, creating doubts about his political future.
Otter will have competition for the Republican nomination, though it's not clear to me yet how serious it will be. Democrats probably won't have much of a chance to win in this Republican state, unless the G.O.P. contest gets very ugly.
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