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After Dodd's Announcement, Simmons Recalibrates
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Connecticut’s political landscape is in a state of flux after last week’s stunning announcement by Senator Chris Dodd that he would not seek re-election.  Republican Rob Simmons finds himself in a different Senate race than the one he entered. WNPR’s Diane Orson has more.

Only a week ago, Former Congressman Rob Simmons was pretty confident that he could defeat incumbent Democratic Senator Chris Dodd and his GOP rivals.  Polls showed he could do just that.  But hours after Dodd announced he’d step aside, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal jumped into the race.  Now Simmons faces arguably the state’s most popular politician, but Simmons insists, things are not that different:

"The way I look at it is, there’s going to be a change in the face, but not necessarily a change in the race. The issues that we’ve been interested in, deficit spending, the increased debt, the failure of the stimulus package, unemployment, are still there."

The exodus of both Senator Dodd and Governor Rell has shaken open political opportunities in Connecticut that have been sewn up tight for a long time.  State politicians are quickly jockeying for position in a new and fluid political landscape.

For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson.