Former Democratic Rep. and NFL Quarterback Heath Shuler is actively exploring a Senate run in North Carolina, National Journal reports, citing 2 people without naming them.
- If Shuler runs he would be Democrats’ top recruit for seat held by Republican Richard Burr
- NOTE: Shuler served 3 terms in House before deciding not to seek re-election in 2012
- NOTE: Earlier this year, former Sen. Kay Hagan turned down a run for the office; party hasn’t yet found another potential contender
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