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US Sen. Heitkamp says she’s weighing run for governor

BISMARCK, N.D. — U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says she will decide “sooner rather than later” on whether she will run for North Dakota governor.

Rumors of the North Dakota Democrat’s bid for the state’s highest office were swirling long before Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s announcement Monday that he wouldn’t seek re-election.

Heitkamp tells The Associated Press she has an interest in the governorship. But Heitkamp says she also likes her job in Washington. She says she wants to be where she can do the most good for North Dakota.

Heitkamp has appealed to voters in heavily Republican North Dakota by emphasizing her independence from her party. Many view her as more of an independent than a Democrat.

On the Republican side, several names have been floated as possible candidates, but no one has committed to the race.

In related news, North Dakota’s governor says will not seek re-election in 2016.

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