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January 4, 2010 at 5:32 PM

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Ex-footballer latest GOP challenger to Murray's Senate seat

Posted by Richard Wagoner

This item comes from staff reporter Kyung Song.

Clint Didier, who won two Super Bowl rings as a tight end for the Washington Redskins, officially announced his candidacy for Patty Murray's Senate seat Sunday. Didier is a relative latecomer to the game, joining at least four other Republicans who are trying to unseat the Democratic incumbent.

Didier, a Pasco businessman who calls himself "not a practiced politician," almost certainly is the only candidate to cite former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs' book, Game Plan for Life, as an inspiration. Yet Didier's entry into the race does little to alter the fact that Murray still faces no serious rivals. Her campaign war chest stood at $4.6 million at the end of September.

Dwight Pelz, head of the Washington State Democratic Party, called Murray the only person in the race with a record of serving the state on a variety of issues.

"But we don't take anything for granted and I know the senator and state Democrats are reaching out to voters across our state and that commitment is what will ensure her win in November," Pelz said.

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