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(via Wikimedia Commons/ United States Department of State)

Former Missouri Republican Party Chairwoman Ann Wagner has taken a step toward a run for Congress.

Wagner said Tuesday that she has set up an exploratory committee for a potential campaign in the 2nd Congressional District in suburban St. Louis. Wagner says her move is based on the likelihood that the 2nd District will be an open seat. The incumbent, Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, has been considering a challenge to Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.

(Screenshot via Mo. Sec. of State website)

Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed the members of two bipartisan commissions that will redraw Missouri's legislative districts based on the 2010 census.

The Missouri Constitution requires the governor to appoint a panel of five Republicans and five Democrats to redraw state Senate districts, and a panel of nine Democrats and nine Republicans to redraw the House districts.

UPDATE 3:25 p.m. Jan. 27, 2011:

As expected, Talent has announced that he will not run for Senate in 2012. He shared the news with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch today.

UPDATE 10:53 a.m. Jan. 26, 2011:

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Missouri Republican Ann Wagner was not selected to serve as the new chair of the Republican National Committee.

Republicans elected Reince Priebus as their new party chairman in the 7th round of voting.

After five rounds of voting Wagner came in fifth.

Ann Wagner, a familiar face to Missouri Republicans, (and the people of Luxembourg) announced her intentions for a bigger post today; Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

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