Daily News Round-Up for August 17, 2009

Miami Herald (Miami, FL)

Gov. Charlie Crist said Friday that U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart and former U.S. Attorney Bob Martinez are on the short list of US Senator replacements for outgoing Republican Senator Mel Martinez.

Washington Post (Washington, DC)

Republican Robert F. McDonnell has claimed a clear early lead over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds in the race for Virginia governor, according to a new Washington Post poll.

News-Observer (Charlotte, NC)

Former Lt. Gov. Dennis Wicker is being courted as a possible Democratic opponent to Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr in North Carolina next year. North Carolina turned blue for Obama in 2008.

Houston Chronicle (Houston, TX)

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison this morning is expected to end months – some would say years – of speculation by formally announcing as a Republican primary challenger to the longest serving governor in Texas history: Rick Perry.

Reno Gazette-Journal (Reno, NV)

U.S. District Judge Brian Sandoval submitted his resignation from the federal bench on Friday in a shocking move that may or may not signal his entering the Nevada’s governors race.

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