First, Scott Brown said he wouldn't run. Then, other prominent Republicans quickly removed themselves from the picture. Now, GOP chances for a pickup in the Bay State are not looking good.
Now that Scott Brown is out of the picture, the dean of the Massachusetts congressional delegation is in the driver's seat. Can he stay there?
The former governor whose political stock took a dive in 2009 is trying to make a comeback. There are some reasons to believe it will be successful.
The former South Carolina first lady won't run for the congressional seat her ex-husband, former governor Mark Sanford is planning to pursue.
Republican Scott Brown is already casting Markey as a congressman who returns to the Bay state too infrequently. If Brown runs for the Senate too, expect to hear more about it from him.
What once looked like a wide open and potentially crowded Democratic race in the Bay State is now beginning to resemble a coronation, reflecting a clear desire on the part of Senate Democrats to head off a divisive primary, with the threat of Sen. Scott Brown (R) looming on the other side.
The mayor of Newark will explore a run for the Senate in two years, not governor in 2013.
Polls show the New Jersey governor is well-received by women, both nationally, and in his home state.
With Sen. Jim DeMint (R) stepping down early next year and state law specifying when special House elections must take place, a March primary and May general election to replace Scott is likely in the offing.