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      Heineman Mulls Senate Run; Other Republicans Wait

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      By MARGERY A. BECK, Associated Press

      OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - It's been nearly three months since U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns announced he wouldn't seek a second term in 2014, and still, not one of his fellow Nebraska Republicans has stepped up to replace him.

      The reason: They're waiting to see whether popular GOP Gov. Dave Heineman will run. If he does, Heineman will likely run unopposed in the Republican primary. If he doesn't, some Republicans say the state could see a crowded GOP primary.

      Heineman says he's weighing whether he wants to leave an executive position for the Senate, known largely as a place of dysfunction and partisan gridlock. He expects to announce a decision by the end of May.

      Former state GOP chairman David Kramer says the governor is likely waiting until the end of the legislative session.

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