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Michigan Republican Dave Camp considers 2014 Senate run

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Michigan House Republican Dave Camp is considering a possible Senate run in 2014, Politico’s John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman reported.

A Midland native, Camp serves as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, an influential task force in charge of tax writing. Camp has been working across the aisle with Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, (D-MT), on overhauling the tax code.

But Camp’s term-limited chairmanship is ending, and now Washington -- and Michigan -- are buzzing with the possibility of a Senate run. From Politico:

"I’m looking at it," Camp said. "It’s a big decision, and I’m going to look at it very carefully and thoughtfully."

Politico also reported that the Michigan representative has met with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to discuss the possibility of entering his hat into the senatorial ring.

If Camp does enter into the race, he’ll be joining a growing list of Republicans vying for a seat in 2014. Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land entered the race in June, and Justin Amash, the House representative for Michigan’s third district, is also considering the seat. And earlier this July, the National Republican Senatorial Committee met with Kim Small, a district judge in Oakland County, to talk about a race for a Senate seat.

Representative Gary Peters appears to be the Democratic front-runner in the race for Senate.

The election will be held on November 4, 2014. 33 of the 100 seats will be contested, with the possibility of special elections to fill any vacancies. 

- Melanie Kruvelis, Michigan Radio Newsroom

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