Former Rep. Bill Sali (R-Idaho) will announce his 2010 plans at 1:30 p.m. eastern time today.

Sali is considering a run for his old sea. He has been largely silent for months as Iraq veteran Vaughn Ward has built a campaign against Rep. Walt Minnick (D-Idaho). But Sali looms as a potential game-changer.

GOP leaders in Washington would rather not have Sali back for another campaign. They are firmly happy with Ward, and Sali significantly underperformed the top of the GOP ticket in 2008. While Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took 62 percent, Sali took 49 percent and lost.

Idaho's filing deadline is today, along with Iowa's.