RALEIGH (AP) -- Congressman Brad Miller says he's considering a challenge to Republican Senator Elizabeth Dole in next year's election.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has been courting the three-term lawmaker and former state legislator to take on Dole, North Carolina's senior US senator.
Governor Easley, who's prohibited by law from seeking a third term in 2008, has said he's not interested in running for the Senate.
National Democrats have found it difficult to get a candidate for the position.
Miller says the decision is especially difficult because his party holds a majority for the first time since he was elected to Congress. He also says it would be difficult to beat such a well-known politician, even though Dole has been criticized by Democrats for spending more time in Washington than in North Carolina.
Miller says he's going to talk to people in North Carolina to get a sense of what they're thinking.
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