Stories You Should Know (1/19/10)

Washington Post (Washington, DC)
Democrat Martha Coakley’s struggle to stave off a potentially devastating defeat in today’s special Senate election in Massachusetts marks a critical turning point in the year-long debate about health-care reform.

Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN)
Norm Coleman has said no. The former U.S. senator, whose political power loomed large over the Minnesota governor’s race, announced late Sunday that he wouldn’t run for governor this year.

The New Mexican (Santa Fe, NM)
A candidate with a famous New Mexico political name announced Sunday that he’s joining the crowded field in the Republican gubernatorial primary.  Pete Domenici Jr., the son of longtime U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, is running for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

Mercury News (San Jose, CA)
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Steve Poizner said Monday he has won the backing of former GOP Gov. George Deukmejian, giving him a needed boost against former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman, who leads in polls and fundraising.

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