Former Rep. Rob Simmons (R) is challenging Sen. Chris Dodd (D)
Former Rep. Rob Simmons will challenge embattled Sen. Chris Dodd next November, a recruiting success for national Republicans who believe that the Connecticut Democrat has badly imperiled his chances at reelection over the last several years.
“The family had a long meeting today and was unanimous that I run,” Simmons e-mailed the Associated Press on Sunday. “So, I’m running.” Simmons added that a recent Quinnipiac University poll showing him in a dead heat with Dodd had helped close the deal for him.
Republicans were quick to tout Simmons’s candidacy as evidence that the party was on its way back after a series of devastating losses in 2006 and 2008.
“Connecticut represents a tremendous opportunity for Republicans in 2010, particularly when you have an experienced and respected candidate like Rob Simmons already polling ahead of a 30 year incumbent,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee communications director Brian Walsh.
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