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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

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Pundit sees Kohl on solid footing for 2012

The Cook Political Report places U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl in the "solid" ranking in its first prognostications for the 2012 election.

Cook senior editor Jennifer Duffy writes that candidates ranked in the solid column "are there because most of these won’t become competitive, either because of the strength of the incumbent or the incumbent’s party in that particular state.

"Of course, any of these races could move during the cycle, particularly if there is a retirement or if the incumbent draws an especially strong challenger."

Dem sources expect Kohl, D-Milwaukee, to run for another term. See more on Kohl's 2012 prospects in Friday's WisPolitics REPORT.

UPDATE: Cook has also put out some ratings on 2012 House races.

Only two Wisconsin races make the list.

GOP U.S. Rep.-elect Sean Duffy was one of 14 Republicans to make the "lean Republican" list, meaning the race is expected to be competitive, but the Republican has an advantage.

U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, is one of 28 Dems whose races were listed as "likely Dem," those that aren't currently competitive "but have the potential to become engaged."


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