Incumbent Rep. Dennis Moore Retiring

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Get ready to learn a lot about “Kansas 3” over the next year. Today, Rep. Dennis Moore, a conservative Democrat from a suburban district in Kansas, announced he would not run for reelection in 2010.

We have updated his bio in the congressional directory database. Since there will likely be a wide-open field on both sides to compete for the rare open seat, we will hold off putting in the names of the likely opponents for now. For those of you who own CongressPro, the bio will be updated the next time you are connected to the Internet. For others, it will come in an update we will submit to Apple over the next few weeks.

The importance of Rep. Moore’s retirement to Republicans is that they believe this will become a trend. Democrats point out that every cycle there are retirements and they do not expect an exodus from the House of Representatives on their side. A good round-up of the reaction was posted by The Hill today.

It’s anyone’s guess whether or not this will be a 2010 barometer but it does clear the way for candidates on both sides to get ready for a full campaign. It will be interesting to see how each side handles their primaries. Are each going to nominate an ideological purist or someone more toward the center? Regardless of who is nominated, this campaign will be targeted by both major parties.

Once the “Soul of the Parties” primaries are over, get ready for a race for the “Heart of America.”

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