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6:20 pm
Tue January 5, 2010

Analyst: Bernero's chances may improve with Cherry out

LANSING, MI –
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's chances of becoming Michigan's next Governor may have improved now that Lieutenant Governor John Cherry has dropped out of the race. That's according to political analyst Craig Ruff of Public Sector Consultants.

Cherry says he couldn't raise enough money to run a viable campaign. And Ruff says Bernero needs to improve his name recognition outside of mid-Michigan if he's going to be successful. He says that means he'll need to raise more money.

"If the sitting Lieutenant Governor in the course of a year can't raise what he thought he needed, it's gonna be a real struggle for Virg and all the other Democrats," he says.

Bernero announced he might run for Governor shortly after being elected to a second term as mayor. He says he'll make an official announcement in the very near future.