Just about every pundit has been speculating on whether Linda McMahon stays in it to win it, that is keeping her name in for another Senate run. With the next Senate election in 2012, things aren’t too far off to begin looking for signs of the next big money race. In 2012 Joe Lieberman is up for reelection. In 2006, he petitioned onto the ballot, as a candidate of the Connecticut for Lieberman party, after losing the Democratic primary to Ned Lamont.
The Connecticut For Lieberman party didn’t get 1% of the vote in this senate election, despite running a candidate, so the path back to the Senate for Joe Lieberman isn’t so clear cut. He could of course petition his way back onto a ballot, assuming the Democratic Party doesn’t endorse his candidacy. Which seems fairly likely considering there’s a whole universe out there of the anti-Lieberman Liberals who just don’t like him.
Leading the purely speculative roster of who might run on the Democratic side for the Senate seat.
Chris Murphy, just reelected to Congress.
Susan Bysiewicz, you can never count her out.
Ned Lamont, just because who wouldn’t want a repeat.
Jim Amann, lobbying is hard work after all.
John DeStefano, assuming he’s gotten bored with New Haven.
On the Republican side, the easy answer is McMahon. But if she doesn’t run, look for Rob Simmons to make a run for it.
With no shortage of candidates on the Republican side, unlike 2006, Lieberman’s path back to the Senate could be difficult.