Alan Greenblatt is a GOVERNING correspondent.E-mail: email@example.com
Two big events in 2010 gubernatorial news this weekend.
The first was Saturday's announcement by Kay Bailey Hutchison that she will not resign her U.S. Senate seat prior to her Texas primary election in March against incumbent GOP Gov. Rick Perry. She says her vote is too valuable at a time when the Senate will be debating big bills on health care and climate change.
It's hard not to read this as a fallback, given that recent poll shows her trailing Perry by big margins. But Hutchison says she does intend to step down sometime in 2010, at least a couple of years before her term ends.
The other big news is that Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced yesterday that he'll be making a second run for governor of Wisconsin. Barrett reportedly came under heavy pressure from outgoing Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle and the White House.
Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and former Congressman Mark Neumann have already been going at it pretty good on the GOP side, but one by one plausible Democrats had backed away from the race, leaving Barrett as the party's best and possibly only hope for holding onto the office.
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