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The Bidens, and six other political dynasties in the making

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• Physician and libertarian activist Rand Paul, son of Rep. Ron Paul (T) of Texas, is also cribbing from his father’s playbook in his own 2010 race for a Kentucky seat in the US Senate. With the help of Ron Paul’s signature “moneybomb,” Rand Paul raised $436,450 in 24 hours over the Internet in August – a record in Kentucky politics. “Let’s see what he does with it. Right now, nobody has any idea who he is,” says Jennifer Duffy, senior editor for the Cook Political Report.

• Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan heads into her 2010 US Senate race with a family name that’s been a fixture in Missouri politics for three generations. Her mother, Jean Carnahan, was appointed to the US Senate seat won by her father, two-term Gov. Mel Carnahan, who was killed in a plane crash during the campaign and elected posthumously. Her brother, three-term Rep. Russ Carnahan (D) of Missouri, has four terms to go to match the record of their grandfather, Rep. A. S. J. Carnahan (D).

• Her likely opponent, seven-term US Rep. Roy Blunt (R) of Missouri, heads another prominent political family in the state. His son, Gov. Matt Blunt, stepped down after one term in 2008.

• Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) of Florida, who is running for an open Senate seat in 2010, was elected to the House unopposed in 2002, after his mother, five-term Rep. Carrie Meek, announced her retirement, just two weeks before the filing deadline.

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