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-- Elizabeth Warren's entrance into the Massachusetts Senate race has already pushed one competitor out: Newton Mayor Setti Warren quit the race last week, citing the altered dynamics of the race since her bid began. It looks like City Year founder Alan Khazei -- who raised a substantial sum last quarter -- is best-positioned to make trouble for Warren in the primary, but keep an eye on whether/how much his fundraising pace slowed after the former CFPB adviser announced. -- It was a tough week for North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue, with her (sarcastic?) suggestion that congressional elections should be suspended next year. Perdue and her staff have called the remarks hyperbole and sarcasm, but the story has lingered all week, with her likely opponent Pat McCrory is raising money off the incident. Whether she was at all serious or not, it's not good for Perdue, who has a history of gaffes and is considered the most vulnerable governor up for reelection in 2012. -- It looks like it will be "pizza" for lunch in Utah, with the state's redistricting committee settling on a plan that slices up Salt Lake County -- the most crucial part of Rep. Jim Matheson's, D-Utah, base. He already represents the most conservative district held by a Democrat, and now with his strongest portion gone, it makes it all the more plausible he could make a statewide bid for either the Senate or the governorship if the plan passes, as expected. Matheson's also floated running in the new 4th District, which has parts of his base, but that also would be a steep climb. He did survive the wave election of 2010, and shouldn't be discounted, but he may run out of good options soon in the Beehive State.

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