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Candidates Announce Bids in Virginia, Illinois, Pennsylvania


Thanksgiving is over, and announcements of candidacy for 2013 and 2014 are coming at a surprisingly fast pace.

In Virginia, Republicans have a candidate for the state’s lieutenant governor position:

Pete Snyder, a technology entrepreneur and former Fox News commentator who oversaw Republican campaigns in Virginia this year, announced Monday that he will run for lieutenant governor. Snyder, 40, began serving as a paid commentator on Fox last summer while in the thick of Virginia’s heated races for president and U.S. Senate. He recently stepped down from that TV role, as the Virginian-Pilot first reported. This is the Fairfax County resident’s first bid for elective office.

In Illinois, a familiar name wants to return to Congress:

Former Rep. Debbie Halvorson, D-Ill., announced today that she is running to replace former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. after his resignation last week.

Halvorson represented a Chicago district in Congress from 2009 until 2011 but lost her reelection bid to Republican Adam Kinzinger, who was just re-elected to a second term. Halvorson also challenged Jackson in the primary for the 2012 election in a newly redistricted seat but lost to the longtime congressman.

In Pennsylvania, Republican governor Tom Corbett has his first announced challenger, former environmental-protection chief John Hanger. The Philadelphia Inquirer predicts a crowded Democratic primary:

Millionaire Tom Knox, who ran for mayor of Philadelphia in 2007, and York businessman Tom Wolfe, who served as [Governor Ed] Rendell’s revenue secretary, have told the Associated Press they, too, might run.

Among other names mentioned in Democratic circles: former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, who narrowly lost a 2010 run for the U.S. Senate; Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane, who won more votes statewide than President Obama on Nov. 6; Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski; state Treasurer Rob McCord and U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz, both of whom just were reelected; and Jack Wagner, the retiring state auditor general.

And finally, Chris Christie is running for reelection as governor of New Jersey. This morning the Quinnipiac University polling center finds Christie with a 72 percent approval rating, “the highest score Quinnipiac University ever measured for a New Jersey governor.”

Tags: Chris Christie , Debbie Halvorson , John Hanger , Pete Snyder


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