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2010: Is Chuck leaving the DSCC?

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, who is up for re-election in 2010, appears to finally be ready to give up the DSCC gavel. His likely successor is New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez. "Menendez, Schumer's No. 2 at the DSCC during the 2008 cycle, has been viewed as Schumer's heir apparent for the past two years, with no other names receiving consistent mention. Menendez would have his work cut out for him, succeeding the aggressive New Yorker who helped Senate Democrats first claim, and then expand, their majority. Despite the fact that Schumer is up for re-election in 2010, some Democratic insiders are not fully convinced he is ready to give up control of the DSCC. Some Democratic sources even go so far as to predict that Schumer will retain the chairmanship." 
 
A new Quinnipiac poll in Florida shows that GOP Gov. Charlie Crist ends 2008 in pretty good political shape considering the drubbing his party took in his state and nationally. But GOP Sen. Mel Martinez, who is also up for re-election in 2010, doesn't sport the type of poll ratings that indicate he'll be safe. Ambitious Dems may look at this poll and decide Martinez is the GOPer to challenge in Florida -- not Crist. 
 
Speaking of 2010 polls, one in New York that matches up Gov. David Paterson (D) and Rudy Giuliani (R) shows Paterson sporting a narrow 49%-43% lead.