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Governor Jim Doyle is Done

August 15, 2009

Looks like Democrats will have to scrap hopes of Doyle 2010 for Wisconsin Governor.

Widely considered to be one of the most vulnerable gubernatorial candidates up for reelection in 2010, and with an approval rating under 40 percent, Politico has learned that Jim Doyle is done in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle has told associates he will announce this week that he won’t seek a third term in 2010, POLITICO has learned.

By deciding against a run, Doyle, a Democrat, sets off what could be one of the most competitive gubernatorial races in the country next year.

The governor has been coy for months about his intentions, stockpiling money but at the same time not saying publicly whether he would run for re-election…

In addition to Lawton, other potential Democratic gubernatorial candidates include Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Rep. Ron Kind and state Sen. Joe Erpenbach…

Scott Walker and Mark Newmann must be incredibly excited right now. Either candidate just saw their road to the Governor’s mansion get much easier. Doyle’s exit will take money and political help from Washington right out of the race. This should make the race In my opinion Ron Kind would probably be the strongest Democrat, however Tom Barrett could be the strategic choice if Scott Walker wins the nomination. Considering the mounting difficulties and complains voters are having with Democrats nationwide, this will certainly be a supremely tough race for democrats to hold.

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