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Report: Graves considering 2012 Senate run

The Hill, a political publication based in Washington, D.C., reported Wednesday that U.S. Rep. Sam Graves is considering running for Senate next year against Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

From the article:

Rep. Sam Graves (R) told The Ballot Box he’s “looking at” running against McCaskill in 2012.

“I certainly wouldn’t want to close the door on it. It’s something that I look at and kind of evaluate and we’ll see what happens,” he said in an interview. “There’s a great opportunity to take back that Senate seat.”

Graves said he’s weighing a myriad of factors, including whether to leave his position as chairman of the House Small Business Committee.

“There’s some things that I really want to accomplish there,” he said.

The article went to say that Graves, a Tarkio native, could have an edge because he has “experience as a sixth-generation farmer in northwestern Missouri.”

“That could also be a plus if he decides to mount a bid for Senate,” the article said. “Rural ties go a long way in Missouri politics and two of Graves’s potential GOP rivals, [Sarah] Steelman and former Sen. Jim Talent, could be seen as “city slickers” because of their urban roots.”

Steelman, who officially jumped into the race last year, represented Rolla in the Missouri Senate. Talent, who hasn’t made a decision about running, is from St. Louis County.