Rumors have even centered on former Minority Leader Tom Daschle, who was bounced by voters last year in South Dakota and currently resides in Washington. At a farewell party for Mr. Daschle earlier this month, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat and chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, was reportedly overheard whispering that Mr. Sarbanes had some ideas about Mr. Daschle's filling his Maryland seat were he to retire.
My gut feeling is there is no way Daschle will run for this seat. Though he was branded a D.C. resident in Thune's famous "In his own words" ad, the people I know who worked for Daschle in D.C. all say he is very proud to call South Dakota home. It's an interesting rumor but I highly doubt it will become reality.