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Sebelius to run for Senate?

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is thinking about running for the Senate in Kansas, according to a report Wednesday in The New York Times.

Several Democratic sources told the Times that Sebelius has been floated as a possible challenger to Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.). 

“One person who spoke directly to Ms. Sebelius said that she was thinking about it, but added that it was too soon to say how seriously she was taking the idea,” the Times report said. 

News of a potential Senate bid comes just days after Sebelius announced her resignation as Health and Human Services secretary. 

{mosads}Sebelius will not officially step down until her successor, Obama budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, is confirmed to succeed her.

Although Democrats have not held a Senate seat in the state since 1939, Roberts, 77, is a vulnerable incumbent running for his fourth term. 

Tea Party-backed candidate Milton Wolf, a radiologist, is running against Roberts in the GOP primary. Wolf launched his first TV ad on Wednesday, slamming Roberts and expressing his goal to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

“After 47 years in Washington, Kansas is a distant memory for Pat Roberts,” Wolf says in the ad, adding that no one should spend that many years in D.C.

Roberts served in the House from 1981 until 1997, and was elected in 1996 to the Senate. 

If Roberts manages to defeat Milton in the primary, Sebelius might have a shot.

Despite becoming the face of ObamaCare’s initial plagued rollout last fall, Sebelius was previously considered a popular governor of Kansas. She served from 2003 to 2009.

Obama, however, only won 38 percent of the state’s vote in the 2012 election.

Chad Taylor, district attorney of Shawnee County, Kan., has already entered the Democratic race for Roberts’s seat.

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