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NC Rep. Hall considering US Senate run

NC Rep. Duane Hall
NC Rep. Duane Hall Raleigh

State Rep. Duane Hall is considering a run for U.S. Senate and intends to form an exploratory committee, which will allow him to begin raising money.

“I had a few people come to me and talk to me about it,” said Hall, a Raleigh Democrat in his second term.

He has been talking to potential supporters about a U.S. Senate campaign.

“I’m not announcing anything,” Hall said Thursday. “I’m not running for anything. I’d like to talk to a few more people first.”

Hall, 48, is a real estate lawyer.

National Democrats have been searching for a candidate to run against incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, who they insist is vulnerable.

A memo the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee circulated earlier this month contends that 2016’s higher presidential turnout will be a good thing for Democrats, and will be boosted by what they portray as an unpopular governor and state legislature.

But top recruitment target, former U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, said last month she was not running. No one else has stepped forward to fill the void. Hall is the first to say he’s thinking about it.

Update:

Hall later sent a prepared statement.

“Richard Burr is vulnerable, in a year with a strong presidential candidate and an important governor's race there's a unique opportunity for a Democrat to unseat a weak incumbent like him. In two decades in D.C. all he has managed to do is get re-elected and pick fights with veterans. I'm not saying it's going to be me, but somebody is going to step up and take him to task.”

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