Senator George Voinovich To Retire

US Senator George Voinovich announced this week that he will retire at the end of his term.  No big surprise there.   Voinovich is 72 years old, he’s been in politics for more than 40 years, and if he ran he’d face a very expensive and difficult campaign.

At 72, which would you rather do, spend time with the grandchildren, or watch yourself on negative TV ads produced by your Democratic opponents?

Voinovich’s departure coincides with the launched of the 2010 campaigns, just 2 weeks into 2009. Voinovich’s announcement was not even cold yet when Former Congressman Rob Portman announced his intention to seek the Republican Party nomination for the US Senator race. The next day Rob Portman delivered a long list of prominent republican endorsements.

So it looks like Rob Portman will be the GOP candidate. The Democratic side could be a little more messy: Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and Congressman Tim Ryan are all potential candidates.

After the senate race is settled – especially on the Republican side – the pieces will fall into place for the Governor’s race, with former Congressman John Kasich being the likely front runner to take on Governor Ted Strickland.

That might leave the last big race – Ohio Attorney General- to former US Senator Mike DeWine.

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