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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

MI-GOV: Cherry drops out

Via WLNS News:

6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick reports that Lt. Governor John Cherry, once the presumed front-runner for the Democratic nomination, will drop out of the race for Governor.

Several sources have confirmed the story 6 News first broke Monday night at 11pm.

The Cherry campaign is meeting this morning. No formal announcement has been set, but the move could come sometime today.

ORIGINAL STORY: John Cherry - one of the front-runners in the race to become Michigan's next governor - may call it quits.

Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick broke the news on 6 News on Monday night.

Cherry, a long-time legislator who spent the last eight years as Jennifer Granholm's lieutenant governor, could make the announcement as soon as Tuesday.

The Cherry campaign was unavailable for comment.

But word is that Cherry has had trouble raising money - and fellow Democrats have privately and publically expressed doubts about his ability to win the race if he secured his party's nomination.

That could leave the door open for House Speaker Andy Dillon, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, and other candidates - some who have expressed an interest in the race, and some who haven't.

This is big. Cherry was the Democrats strongest possible candidate. This now ensures a GOP pickup.

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