Senator Wayne Allard is expected to retire rather than run for re-election in 2008, igniting a potentially crowded primary where at least three candidates are already making their interest known.
Republican sources say that Allard will not run for a third term to the U.S. Senate because of several reasons, most notably his pledge to serve only two terms in the senate and his wife Joan’s dislike of Washington D.C. (the Rocky Mountain News says that Allard’s family will be the key to his decision). But those aren’t the only reasons why Allard is expected to bow out of the 2008 race. Here’s a few more:
The political blog “The Fix” at The Washington Post recently listed Allard’s seat as one of the top senate race to watch in 2008, and if you compare the amount of cash on hand for some of the other incumbents listed, Allard isn’t even in the proverbial ballpark. Take a look at some of the other candidates on the Post’s list:
(As of September 30, 2006)
Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana): $725,184
Norm Coleman (R-Minnesota): $1,782,367
Max Baucus (D-Montana): $1,392,903
Now, take a look at the funds of two other senators who are thought to be considering retirement:
Thad Cochran (R-Mississippi): $350,745
Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico): $264,271
Allard’s financial figures look a lot closer to those of Cochran and Domenici than they do to Landrieu and Coleman.
If Allard does not run for re-election, as expected, it would mark the third consecutive statewide race in Colorado where the office at the top of the ticket was wide open.