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Another Potential Herbert Challenger in Utah

December 20, 2011

If you're looking to run against Utah Republican Gov. Gary Herbert, you might want to get in line.

With two Republicans -- former state Rep. Morgan Philpot and state Rep. Ken Sumsion -- already running to his right, a new Democrat considering a challenge against the Republican incumbent has emerged.

Retired two-star Army General Peter Cooke tells the Salt Lake Tribune it's likely that he will jump into the fray.

"I would say it's very, very, very probable," Cooke told the paper, adding that an official announcement won't come until after the holidays. "I've been approached by many businessmen and a lot of my military veterans, and I'm very seriously considering it. There's a good chance I'm going to move forward with it."

Cooke ran for Congress once before in 1978, and has worked in government before. Other Democrats are also looking at a run, but Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson, who would have been a potentially formidable candidate, announced last week that he will run in the state's new 4th District as opposed to making a statewide bid.

Whoever the Democratic nominee, the general election will be a tough climb for the party in the red state.

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