Sebelius not mulling Senate run
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Outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusObama's health secretary to be first female president of American University Leaked email: Podesta pushed Tom Steyer for Obama’s Cabinet Romney: Trump victory 'very possible' MORE (D) won't run for the Senate in her home state of Kansas, according to a department spokeswoman.

"Secretary Sebelius is continuing her important work at H.H.S. and is not considering a run for the Senate," the spokeswoman told The New York Times.

Some had speculated that Sebelius, a former Kansas governor, might be willing to run for the Senate against Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.).

But few close to Sebelius expected that to happen. The secretary has become a lightning rod for ObamaCare's struggles as head of the department overseeing its enactment, cutting deeply into her standing with independents and Republicans in her home state.

Her role at the HHS has also been grueling, sources close to Sebelius told The Hill earlier this week.

Kansas is overwhelmingly Republican. But Roberts is facing a primary challenger, and if somehow Dr. Milton Wolf's (R) long-shot Tea Party bid succeeds, Democrats could theoretically compete for the seat.