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Sen. John Edwards is expected to announce he will not run for Re-Election
The Hill ^ | September 3, 2003 | Peter Savodnik

Posted on 09/03/2003 8:25:54 AM PDT by Pubbie

North Carolina. Democratic Sen. John Edwards is expected to announce within two weeks that he will not run for re-election to the Senate so that he can focus on his struggling White House bid.

Last week, former South Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt (D), a key Edwards supporter, predicted Edwards would drop out of the Senate race when he officially declares his candidacy for president Sept. 16, in his hometown of Robbins, N.C.

Several Democrats may run if Edwards opts not to seek a second Senate term. They include former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles, who lost to GOP Sen. Elizabeth Dole last year, and former state Rep. Dan Blue, who lost to Bowles in the 2002 primary. The Democratic nominee would likely face Republican Rep. Richard

Burr, who has close to $3.5 million in his campaign war chest.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: 2004; burr; edwards; edwardswatch; johnedwards; moose; northcarolina; oldnorthstate; retirements; richardburr; senate
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1 posted on 09/03/2003 8:25:54 AM PDT by Pubbie
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To: JohnnyZ; Theodore R.; Nathaniel Fischer; AuH2ORepublican; LdSentinal; Kuksool; Coop; ...
Can you say "Senator Burr"? *Ping*!
2 posted on 09/03/2003 8:27:24 AM PDT by Pubbie (Bill Owens for Prez and Jeb as VP in '08.)
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To: Pubbie
Will he make his announcement in front of a battleship?
4 posted on 09/03/2003 8:28:29 AM PDT by TexasNative2000 (The joy of the Lord is my strength.)
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To: Pubbie
This will open the way for Sylvester Stallone to run for Edwards' seat.
5 posted on 09/03/2003 8:29:07 AM PDT by montag813
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To: montag813
not very smart this edwards character.
6 posted on 09/03/2003 8:29:40 AM PDT by Pikamax
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To: Pubbie
I'll miss that JFK hair.
7 posted on 09/03/2003 8:30:11 AM PDT by warchild9
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To: Pubbie
Excellent news. Let's hope it's true.
8 posted on 09/03/2003 8:30:26 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Pubbie
Good news bump
9 posted on 09/03/2003 8:30:27 AM PDT by GOPJ
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To: William Creel
Arkansas will be a tougher nut to crack than NCarolina.

Apparently Jim Holt will run in Arkansas. I'll post that article a little later.
10 posted on 09/03/2003 8:30:40 AM PDT by Pubbie (Bill Owens for Prez and Jeb as VP in '08.)
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To: Pubbie
Rush calls him 'The Breck Girl.' LOL
11 posted on 09/03/2003 8:30:52 AM PDT by blam
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To: montag813
"This will open the way for Sylvester Stallone to run for Edwards' seat."


ROTFL! What, Danny DeVito isn't available?
12 posted on 09/03/2003 8:31:28 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: Pubbie
John Edwards' announcement means a GOP third seat pick up in the South. He had low approval ratings at home and this IS really good news. Edwards got elected in the Clinton backlash in 98 and Lauch Faircloth wasn't that much of a terribly strong Senator. Right now the only GOP seat in trouble is in Illinois. It looks like we're set to expand our Senate majority by +2.
13 posted on 09/03/2003 8:31:53 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Pubbie
First, "Foghorn Leghorn," now the "Breck Girl." If only someone would step up to the plate in ND and Nevada, we might actually get a 60-vote majority in 04.
14 posted on 09/03/2003 8:32:07 AM PDT by LS
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To: Pubbie
Then little Johnny will be unemployed.
15 posted on 09/03/2003 8:33:00 AM PDT by Consort
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To: Pubbie
Last week, former South Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt (D), a key Edwards supporter, predicted Edwards would drop out of the Senate race when he officially declares his candidacy for president Sept. 16, in his hometown of Robbins, N.C.

Unfortunately, Jim "do it for the schoooolllls" Hunt was the North Carolina Governor, for what seemed like forever.

16 posted on 09/03/2003 8:33:44 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Pubbie
Edwards is toast either way now.
17 posted on 09/03/2003 8:34:29 AM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("Our party will never be the choice of the NRA" - John F. Kerry, who looks French)
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To: LS
I think Jim Gibbons can win in Nevada. As for Tom Daschle well if he retires, I think the GOP can claim it, otherwise it looks iffy.
18 posted on 09/03/2003 8:34:47 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Pubbie
Does he expect to be tapped for VP by Hillary?

19 posted on 09/03/2003 8:35:25 AM PDT by mabelkitty
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To: Constitution Day
Do you think Hunt will be the one to run against Burr for the Senate seat?
20 posted on 09/03/2003 8:35:45 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Pubbie; JohnnyZ
Okay, Johnny, who will get the RAT nod? Will it be Erskine vs. Blue again? Or are Congressmen Etheridge and/or McIntyre interested? We need to harass those RATs into coming out and running, the more the merrier (open seats in Etheridge's and McIntyre's districts would be quite tantalizing for us). I suggest yelling "come out and get your whooping" through their office door.
21 posted on 09/03/2003 8:35:55 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: Pubbie
I'm still registered to vote in NC. Should I reregister or is this gonna be a close race?
22 posted on 09/03/2003 8:36:23 AM PDT by Live free or die
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To: Constitution Day
He was governor for 4 terms, to be exact, with Jim Martin between terms 2 and 3.
23 posted on 09/03/2003 8:38:38 AM PDT by wimpycat (Down with Kooks and Kookery!)
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To: goldstategop
"I think Jim Gibbons can win in Nevada. As for Tom Daschle well if he retires, I think the GOP can claim it, otherwise it looks iffy."


Gibbons announced last week that he won't run against Reid. As for Daschle, I think Thune could take him down, and hopefully he'll be man enough to run against Daschle and not run for his old House seat.
24 posted on 09/03/2003 8:39:04 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: Pubbie
Definite GOP pickup this cycle.
25 posted on 09/03/2003 8:41:46 AM PDT by Sparta (Sending the UN back to Iraq is like sending the Taliban back to Afghanistan)
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To: Live free or die
Reregister and Vote for Burr.
26 posted on 09/03/2003 8:42:18 AM PDT by Pubbie (Bill Owens for Prez and Jeb as VP in '08.)
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To: Consort
Naah ! The next class-action suit is just around the corner and Johnny's sure to get in on it.
27 posted on 09/03/2003 8:42:29 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: goldstategop
But Gibbons said earlier this week he would not run!
28 posted on 09/03/2003 8:42:59 AM PDT by LS
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To: Pubbie
I'm sure Hillary will give up her senate seat to run as well.....HAHAHA. NOPE, she wants re-election in 2006 so she can run and lose in 2008 and keep her job and run again in 2012.
29 posted on 09/03/2003 8:43:28 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Constitution Day; Ragtime Cowgirl

Even with people on the other side, or in any kind of adversarial situation. I always try to look at things as they are looking at them, put myself in their shoes. I just don't understand why he would drop out of the Senate race. He must be content that if he doesn't make it he can go back to practicing law.

Back when the Edwards hype was the highest it was thought he would be the Dem. VP nominee. That is the only strategy that I can come up with that would make sense for dropping out of the Senate race. Even though I think that Graham or Clark would make more sense for Dean.
30 posted on 09/03/2003 8:44:15 AM PDT by jern
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To: AuH2ORepublican; goldstategop
Thune isn't interested in running for the House again, he's apparently going to run against Daschle - That's why Tommy has been campaigning early and otherwise been acting very paranoid.
31 posted on 09/03/2003 8:44:54 AM PDT by Pubbie (Bill Owens for Prez and Jeb as VP in '08.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; JohnnyZ
Jim Holt is going to run in Arkansas - Do you know anything about Holt?
32 posted on 09/03/2003 8:46:29 AM PDT by Pubbie (Bill Owens for Prez and Jeb as VP in '08.)
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To: William Creel
A state senator in Arkansas.
34 posted on 09/03/2003 8:47:34 AM PDT by Pubbie (Bill Owens for Prez and Jeb as VP in '08.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican
That's too bad cause Harry Reid IS beatable. He's a liberal Democrat in a state trending GOP.
35 posted on 09/03/2003 8:49:15 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Constitution Day
Unfortunately, Jim "do it for the schoooolllls" Hunt was the North Carolina Governor, for what seemed like forever.

There is a reason he was called Jim "Guv For Life" Hunt.

36 posted on 09/03/2003 8:50:07 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Distributor of Pain, Your Loss Becomes My Gain)
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To: LS
Its just like Republicans to pass up a wonderful opportunity to pick off such an inviting target.
37 posted on 09/03/2003 8:50:20 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Pubbie
Funny since Tom Daschle looks unbeatable in South Dakota. He helped Tim Johnson get re-elected last year. I don't think much of John Thune's chances. Don't forget the Indian vote fraud in Seminole County. I am already expecting another 90% turnout on the reservations there all for The Daschle.
38 posted on 09/03/2003 8:52:31 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Rebelbase
Hmmm, I hadn't thought of that. I had thought it would be Bowles vs. Burr.

I definitely think Hunt is a possibility, but the last I heard, he was a partner at the Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice law firm.

40 posted on 09/03/2003 8:54:07 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: warchild9
I think Edwards's hair looks more like an early Glen Campbell - i.e., be careful not to fall down, you'll crack your hair.
41 posted on 09/03/2003 8:56:01 AM PDT by Spyder (Just another day in Paradise)
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To: Pubbie
WOW! A two-fer!

He doesn't stand a chance in the Presidential race....and he will no longer be a Senator.

Woo-Hoo!!!!
42 posted on 09/03/2003 8:58:33 AM PDT by justshe ("Do you trust a Democrat to protect America?")
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To: Pubbie
It's not like he could win anyway.

I just wish Congressman BillyBob would run for the slot.

SO9

43 posted on 09/03/2003 8:58:50 AM PDT by Servant of the Nine (A Goldwater Republican)
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To: goldstategop
Isn't there some strong Republican, pro-business candidate in Nevada to run against Reid? In addition to Illinois, I think Alaska is potentially vulnerable, with Frank Murkowski naming his daughter to the seat. I don't know what candidate can go against Dorgan in ND.
44 posted on 09/03/2003 8:59:30 AM PDT by alwaysconservative (California: Come on in to Republicanism, the water's fine!)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; Pubbie
If John Edwards does decide to not run for Senate re-election, an open NC seat is no cake walk for the GOP. In recent history, NC Senate seats are won narrowly. I'd prefer Burr face Bob Etheridge in the general election. Both candidates start off relatively unknown to people outside their districts.

Erskine Bowles shall be a tough candidate to beat. I was surprised by Erskine Bowles's strong showing in the rural areas of NC. Bowles has deep pockets to self-finance a campaign and is still fresh in the minds of NC voters from last year's election. Burr is going to have to work hard to win the seat. Although with Bush on top of the ticket, Burr should be able to win.
45 posted on 09/03/2003 9:00:35 AM PDT by Kuksool
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To: alwaysconservative
MultiMillionare Realtor Jack Woodcock is strongly leaning towards a run in Nevada. He's said he is willing to spend $250,000 of his own money just to get his campaign started.

In Alaska, don't worry, we'll retain that seat because of the ANWAR issue.
46 posted on 09/03/2003 9:03:14 AM PDT by Pubbie (Bill Owens for Prez and Jeb as VP in '08.)
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To: Pubbie
If Jack Woodcock works hard, he could knock off Harry Reid. The seat is not his just cause he's a millionaire. Remember Mike Huffington.

Linda Murkowski seems safe. People like political dynasties. If Massachusetts loves Ted, so goes Alaska.

47 posted on 09/03/2003 9:06:55 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
Yes, Reid is powerful in Nevada, but he isn't popular, or at least, as popular as he should be.

48 posted on 09/03/2003 9:09:53 AM PDT by Pubbie (Bill Owens for Prez and Jeb as VP in '08.)
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To: Kuksool
100% correct in your assesment! burr is a good man and has a good chance of winning but as you said it wont be a cake walk no matter who he runs against,,,here in nc we tend to self destroy at the last minute before the election! hopefully the white house and bush crew will step in like they did for dole! other wise if left up to our state party we would get another democRAT...keep your fingers crossed!
49 posted on 09/03/2003 9:17:41 AM PDT by rrrod
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To: Kuksool
100% correct in your assesment! burr is a good man and has a good chance of winning but as you said it wont be a cake walk no matter who he runs against,,,here in nc we tend to self destroy at the last minute before the election! hopefully the white house and bush crew will step in like they did for dole! other wise if left up to our state party we would get another democRAT...keep your fingers crossed!
50 posted on 09/03/2003 9:17:42 AM PDT by rrrod
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