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A new Rasmussen poll of New York looks at how former Rep. Harold Ford (D-TN) might do if he ran against appointed Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in the general election, as an independent, rather than challenging her in the Dem primary. The answer is that he wouldn’t get very far — but Gillibrand wouldn’t walk away with the contest itself, with a potential split in the Democratic vote.
The numbers: Gillibrand 39%, an unnamed generic Republican candidate 34%, and Ford 10%. […] Rasmussen had to use a generic Republican precisely because there is no GOP candidate right now, and the party’s recruiting efforts have kept coming up short. (We’ll see whether the Republican victory in Massachusetts gets anybody interested in this race.)
Interested? Harold Ford, ever the opportunist, seeing the success of Scott Brown in the Massachusetts senate race, has changed his strategery for the New York senate primary accordingly, and he thinks he’ll have the same success.
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From The New York Times:
Under assault from allies of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, former Congressman Harold E. Ford Jr. fired back on Friday afternoon, saying he would be not be “bullied or intimidated” by “party bosses” as he considers challenging her in this fall’s Democratic primary.
Mr. Ford’s interest in the race is triggering a growing sense of alarm within the Gillibrand camp, which has quickly sought to portray him as out of step with New York Democratic voters and, through supporters like Senator Charles E. Schumer, tried to dissuade him from entering the race.
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