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2010 An Easy Ride For Ranking GOP Banking Sen.

Montgomery, AL – The ranking Republican on the Senate Banking Committee, Alabama's Richard Shelby, has built a campaign chest of nearly $15 million that's likely to buy him an easy ride in next year's election.

The 75-year-old senator has no announced opposition in either party. And it's growing increasingly unlikely that a big-name Democrat will enter the race.

Alabama Democratic Party Chairman Joe Turnham says well-known candidates are looking at other races that are more politically viable. He says Shelby's campaign chest is ``nearly an economic stimulus of its own.''

Shelby is a four-term senator who attributes his success to working hard in Washington and returning home to Alabama a lot.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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