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The Week In Midterms: Showdown In Texas

Starting today, we'll take a look back at some of the biggest news of the week in the midterm elections. The focus will be on Senate and gubernatorial races, but occasionally we'll note big news in some of the key House races. Feel free to e-mail us with suggestions.

SENATE

NEW YORK: Kirsten Gillibrand continues to focus her attention on a Democrat from another state who may not even run, as the GOP continues to search for its own candidate. Former Republican Gov. George Pataki is not expected to run, even though he continues to lead Gillibrand in the polls. Former Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford Jr. met with state party Chairman Jay Jacobs, who told Ford to think "long term" about his political future in the state.

FLORIDA: The week started horribly for Gov. Charlie Crist, as a new Rasmussen poll found him trailing Senate GOP primary opponent Marco Rubio by 18 points. Things turned for Rubio on Thursday, however, as the Miami Herald published a front page story looking at his personal use of a state party credit card.

INDIANA: Rep. Brad Ellsworth's entrance to the race at the end of last week came one day after a poll found him trailing former Republican Sen. Dan Coats by 14 points. This week we learned Ellsworth isn't the only Democratic congressman interested in running for Sen. Evan Bayh's seat -- Baron Hill made clear he would make a decision on a bid in the next week or two.

ILLINOIS: The Senate field was solidified this month when Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and Rep. Mark Kirk won their respective primaries. In the first poll since, Giannoulias leads by 7 points with one-in-five voters still undecided.

KENTUCKY: The Republican primary between Trey Grayson and Rand Paul is getting nastier by the week, with Grayson releasing another round of TV attack ads.

GOVERNOR

FLORIDA: The RGA's first ad of the 2010 campaign targeted Alex Sink's (D) banking background. Rasmussen finds Bill McCollum (R) ahead by 13. The candidates dueled over ethics. Sink's campaign staff sees changes.

ILLINOIS: Gov. Pat Quinn (D) leads both potential Republican candidates, per Research 2010. The GOP primary remains unsettled, but state Sen. Kirk Dillard (R) admitted his chances of overtaking state Sen. Bill Brady (R) are slim.

IOWA: Gov. Chet Culver (D) trails former Gov. Terry Branstad (R) by double digits. One Democrat wants to recruit a primary challenger. Culver says he hasn't been asked to step aside.

NEW YORK: Another New York Times story hits Paterson, prompting calls to resign. He asks Atty. Gen. Andrew Cuomo (D) to investigate. The senators stop short of that for now. He says he won't drop his campaign just yet, but will talk to party leaders. Siena shows Atty. Gen. Andrew Cuomo (D) a clear frontrunner.

OHIO: Gov. Ted Strickland (D) has retaken a lead over former Rep. John Kasich (R).

TEXAS: Rasmussen shows Gov. Rick Perry (R) ahead, just a point shy of avoiding a runoff. PPP (D) shows it a bit closer. The Republicans are raking it in. And are spending big too. The DGA is investing in Bill White (D). And Perry sat down for an interview this week with Politics Daily.

--Kyle Trygstad and Mike Memoli