November 10, 2006
With the end of the Virginia Senate race marking the end of the 2006 midterm election cycle, all eyes turn to the run for the Presidency in 2008.
"We thought we would have a little bit of a break before the candidates started their run up to the '08 Presidential nomination. We have already had two candidates declare, one on each side," said Matt Smyth with the UVa Center for Politics.
Those two men are Iowa Governor Democrat Tom Vilsack and 13 term California Congressman, Republican Duncan Hunter. Both are considered dark horses for their parties nominations, behind two front runners.
"You know, I am going to relish this victory," said New York Senator Hillary Clinton on Wednesday.
Just one day after winning New York's Senate seat, Hillary Clinton was already deflecting questions about her Presidential aspirations. However, some say her actions speak louder than her words.
"She spent a lot of money not just in her race but in other races to help other Democrats. That is one way for candidates to shore up support within the party," Smyth said.
Other Democrats like New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, and Illinois Senator Barack Obama will be out to prove they are the anti-Hillary.
"Americans deserve a better and effective and efficient but also corruption free and scandal free government," said Republican Arizona Senator John McCain the day after Election Day.
McCain heads a list of Republican hopefuls which include Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. However, as the minority party, the Republican will be armed with one new weapon.
"If they (the Democrats) aren't able to perform then Republicans can use that as criticism as they run for Congress and the Presidency in 2008," Smyth said.
Neither Clinton nor McCain have declared their intentions to run for President. Pundits say that the more well known candidates who have name recognition and more money often times wait until January or February to announce.
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