Jim Walsh, the upstate Republican Congressman whose opposition to the Iraq War was threatening to be a campaign problem for him, announced earlier today he’s not seeking re-election.
Both sides of the aisle say they’ll win the seat.
State Republican Chairman Joe Mondello sent out this statement:
While state Democratic Party spokesman Jonathan Rosen sent this statement:
There are 150,748 registered Republican voters in the district, 134,906 registered Democratic voters, and 109,313 unaffiliated voters, and Congressional Quarterly has reclassified the district from “leans Republican” to “no clear favorite."
A diarist on DailyKos, who “certainly did not see this coming,” is hopeful that the challenger Rosen was referring to, Dan Maffei, can claim the seat.
Liz has information on the folks waiting to jump into the race.