Heath Shuler Is Exploring a North Carolina Senate Run

The former representative and NFL quarterback would be Democrats’ top recruit to face off against Sen. Richard Burr.

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Alex Roarty
Aug. 6, 2015, 9:10 a.m.

Former Demo­crat­ic Con­gress­man Heath Shuler is act­ively ex­plor­ing a Sen­ate run in North Car­o­lina, two sources with dir­ect know­ledge of the situ­ation tell Na­tion­al Journ­al.

Should he run, Shuler, a former NFL quar­ter­back who rep­res­en­ted a dis­trict in the state’s west­ern half, would in­stantly be­come the Demo­crats’ top re­cruit for the Sen­ate seat held by Re­pub­lic­an in­cum­bent Richard Burr. Earli­er this year, former Sen. Kay Hagan turned down Demo­crat­ic en­treat­ies to run for of­fice, and the party has since struggled to find an­oth­er po­ten­tial con­tender.

Shuler served three terms in the House be­fore de­cid­ing not to seek re-elec­tion in 2012.

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