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Lieberman considered for Times lead Tuesday

Published: Monday July 3, 2006

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The New York Times will be running a front-page story on Joseph Lieberman's announcement that he will campaign for the Senate as an independent if he loses the Democratic primary, RAW STORY has learned. At the time of this writing, the story is slotted to appear as the lead in tomorrow's edition.

The story, written by William Yardley, who covers Connecticut news for the Times, focuses on Lieberman's growing sense of vulnerability with the electorate, resulting from his support for the Iraq War. After winning his Senate seat three times with ease, Lieberman is now facing a surprisingly strong challenge from political newcomer Ned Lamont.

Lieberman announced on Monday that he would begin collecting the 7,500 signatures necessary to run as an independent if he should lose the August 8 primary.

The front-page placement of the story -- which appeared to be a slightly updated version of one which appeared today in the New York Region Section -- underscores the seriousness with which the possibility of Lieberman's loss is being taken, despite what currently appears to be his comfortable lead in the polls.