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Dole denies blog report she won't seek re-election

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Published: Tuesday December 5, 2006

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Elizabeth Dole, the Republican Senator from North Carolina, who was a one-time candidate for President of the United States, will not seek re-election in 2008, according to the blogger who was the first to publish former Congressman Mark Foley's e-mail exchanges with teenage male Congressional pages. Dole's office denied the claim.

Lane Hudson, who blogged at Stop Sex Predators anonymously before being "outed" at Radar Online, reported the news at his new blog called News for the Left, citing a "confidential source on Capitol Hill." He claims that in the aftermath of the Republican Party's failure to secure their majority in the US Senate, Dole has become so "completely demoralized" that she is no longer interested in standing for re-election.

Senator Dole's Office was contacted earlier in the day by RAW STORY. Several hours later, they responded via e-mail that "Senator Dole is running for re-election in 2008."

Dole, the wife of former Senator Bob Dole, who failed in his campaign to replace President Bill Clinton in 1996, was elected to the Senate from her home state of North Carolina in 2002. She had earlier challenged George W. Bush for the nomination for president in 2000. After the 2004 Election, she was appointed the Chairperson of the National Republican Senatorial Committee and became responsible for fundraising efforts in support of retaining the Senate's Republican majority this past November.

The Democrats will have a 51-49 majority in the Senate during the 110th Congress. Senator Dole has been succeeded as NRSC chair by Mel Martinez, the freshman Republican Senator from Florida who will spearhead his party's efforts to re-take the Senate in 2008.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect comment received by Dole's office.