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Saturday, June 08, 2013

 10:12 AM 

Vinehout debating running for re-election to Senate seat or guv's office

State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout says she learned a valuable lesson in her unsuccessful run for guv in last year's Dem recall primary.

If you're going to run as the "no money candidate," you have to have enough resources to get that message out.

Vinehout said she is considering whether to take another shot at guv in next year's race after finishing third in the five-way primary last May for the opportunity to run against Walker.

She said it will be a difficult decision because it would mean giving up her western Wisconsin Senate seat. Still, she said she's never been somewhere that so many people randomly stopped her to ask if she's going to run for guv. One delegate interrupted her interview with WisPolitics.com to ask just that.

Vinehout said the decision on a gubernatorial campaign will come down to whether she can raise enough money to effectively challenge Walker. She said his fundraising capabilities and his polling numbers are possible deterrents.

"If you're going to take out the king, you've got to make sure you have enough money to take him out," she said.

-- By JR Ross

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