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Schiff Will Use Donors to Gauge Support for Senate Run

Connecticut Republican Peter Schiff is using donation levels over the next few weeks to gauge support for a potential Senate run in 2010. But he might want to make a note of the experience of political mentor, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, whose 2008 presidential campaign experience demonstrated that a huge number of donations do not necessarily denote electoral viability.

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Schiff alerted supporters Tuesday that his campaign Web site is now accepting donations.

“My decision to run is largely dependent on the level of early support and contributions I receive from people like you,” he wrote in the e-mail. Recent polling, he said, has convinced him the race is “winnable,” and “now it’s up to the people to show their support because no candidate can win this race alone.”