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MASSACHUSETTS

Speculation mounts on Warren bid for Senate

President Obama’s decision not to pick Elizabeth Warren to head a new consumer protection agency is pumping up speculation that Ms. Warren could launch a Senate bid against Sen. Scott P. Brown, Massachusetts Republican, a top Democratic target in 2012.

Some Massachusetts Democrats said Monday that the consumer advocate would need to launch her candidacy sooner rather than later to counter Mr. Brown’s popularity across the state and nearly $10 million in his campaign account.

Democrats fret that the party, which has been unable to find a big-name challenger to take on Mr. Brown, may be squandering a prime chance to reclaim the seat held by for nearly half a century by Edward M. Kennedy.

Top national Democrats desperate to find a strong challenger have been urging Ms. Warren to run.

REPUBLICANS

GOP to recruit Hispanic statehouse candidates

Republicans hope to recruit 100 Hispanic candidates for legislative seats across the nation in 2012, looking to strengthen its bench of GOP officeholders.

The Republican State Leadership Committee, a group that works to elect Republicans to statewide and legislative offices, said Monday it intends to spend at least $3 million in hopes of sending more Republican Hispanic leaders to statehouses while making inroads with female voters and voters under age 30.

Hispanics accounted for more than half of the U.S. population increase in the last decade, and Republicans said the demographic trends would have a major influence on the political landscape in the next decade.

“If we don’t adapt now to changes that are taking place in the country, we will face a very different electorate in a couple of cycles than we do today,” said Ed Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman who leads the RSLC. “If we don’t change our performance with some of these key constituencies, we’ll have a very difficult time being a majority party.”

Mr. Gillespie and others involved in the effort said they hope to build upon 2010, when Republicans helped elect several high-profile Hispanic candidates, including Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico.

REPUBLICANS

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