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Starting Lineup: Emmer's Exit

Hutchison Tests The Fundraising Waters: Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R), who is firmly planted on the retirement watch list, is holding a $1,000-per-plate fundraiser in D.C. Wednesday morning. The event will undoubtedly continue the speculation about whether Hutchison will, in fact, run for re-election in 2012, as she is likely to face a difficult primary challenge from the right. A handful of Republicans have already come forward and announced their interest in the race. The event will take place at Johnny's Half Shell on Capitol Hill, according to the Dallas Morning News: "She and her aides wouldn't say what that portends. But it's her first effort in more than a year to build up her nearly depleted Senate campaign account and the clearest sign yet that she is keeping her options open." Paging Massachusetts' Liberal Base: Massachusetts Rep. Michael Capuano said Tuesday that there is possibility that Obama could face a primary challenge in 2012. "I don't live in an ivory tower," Capuano said on Fox News. "I have to pick the best amongst those people who are running, and it may or may not be President Barack Obama's reelection." Capuano went on to say the primary likely wouldn't be good for the party, but the remark, made on Fox News, will likely stir the liberal base in Massachusetts. Capuano would undoubtedly need the backing of that bloc to win a Democratic Senate primary, if he decides to run again in 2012 against Brown. The Somerville Democrat is a feisty campaigner and, from discussions in Massachusetts, there is little question he would strongly consider running again. (Capuano, you'll recall, lost the Democratic primary to Attorney General Martha Coakley (D)). Capuano's biggest problem: He isn't much of a fundraiser and only has $144,000 in his bank account. Brown has nearly $6.8 million in his warchest. Another thing to keep in mind: Capuano's 8th District will likely change in redistricting next year, as Massachusetts is slated to lose a congressional seat. That could provide further motivation for him to make a run for the Senate.

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