Former GOP Rep. Denny Rehberg is considering a run for the Senate seat of retiring Montana Democrat Max Baucus, according to the Hill
Rehberg lost a Senate race last November to Democrat Jon Tester.
"Ever since Max announced his retirement two days ago, my phone has been ringing off the hook. The encouragement I've been getting from Montanans to take a serious look at this race has been overwhelming," Rehberg told The Associated Press.
"I owe it to them, and to all the folks who I've served over the years, to keep listening and see how things develop. I'm not ruling anything out at this point."
The departure of Baucus gives the Republicans a good chance to pick up a Senate seat, as the GOP seeks to regain control of the chamber.
Rehberg said in January he wouldn’t run for office again and recently joined the Washington lobbying group Mercury/Clark & Weinstock.
Among Republicans, former state Rep. Corey Stapleton and state Sen. Champ Edmunds already have joined the race. Rep. Steve Daines, who replaced Rehberg in the House, is mulling a bid, and former Gov. Marc Racicot is considered a possibility, The Hill reports.
Among Democrats, former Gov. Brian Schweitzer is seen as the strongest potential candidate and is considering a run, The Hill reported. Other possibilities are Emily’s List President Stephanie Schriock and Montana Secretary of Public Instruction Denise Juneau.
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