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Politico: Talent No Longer a Sure Bet; MOPNS: “50/50 @ Best” on 12/6/10

January 11th, 2011 by Mark Truman · No Comments

Former Missouri political reporter Dave Canatanes is reporting in Politico today that former Sen. Jim Talent is “no longer a sure bet for Senate race.” We told you back on December 6th that our sources told us that Mr. Talent entering the race was 50/50 at best.

“He’s not communicating with party insiders and those who typically help solidify a candidate this far out.  In fact, most of them have said they’ve called him.  He’s not calling them,” said one GOP operative who considers Talent a friend.

The official line is that the former senator is still mulling his options, but this week’s overseas trip with likely presidential candidate Mitt Romney has further fueled the theory that Talent might be more comfortable in an advisory role on a national campaign than as the principal in his own.

In fact, when asked about a potential comeback bid, a spokesperson for Talent repeatedly cited “a number of other options for the future, including possible service in a future administration.”

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