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Harold Ford Not Running

Harold Ford, Jr. is not going to challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). This, from The Times:
[Ford] has told friends that while he is convinced he could prevail against Ms. Gillibrand, he feared the winner of the primary would have little money and remain highly vulnerable to a well-financed Republican challenger at a time when the Democratic Party controls the Senate by a slim majority.

“I’ve examined this race in every possible way, and I keep returning to the same fundamental conclusion: If I run, the likely result would be a brutal and highly negative Democratic primary — a primary where the winner emerges weakened and the Republican strengthened,” Mr. Ford wrote in an opinion article to be published in The New York Times on Tuesday.

“I refuse to do anything,” he wrote, “that would help Republicans win a Senate seat in New York, and give the Senate majority to the Republicans.”
Good move Mr. Ford. Good move. There was no indication that you would have beaten Ms. Gillibrand -- and even if you had, you could have then faced a brutal general election in the fall. I think that stepping aside is the smartest play that you could have made.

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