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Carnahan still unsure which political office he'll pursue next

(Bill Raack/St. Louis Public Radio)
Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis speaking to reporters today at a "Made in America" forum in St. Louis. Carnahan said he's still undecided about his Election 2012 plans.

U.S. Congressman Russ Carnahan says he still has not decided what political office he’ll pursue next year.

The St. Louis Democrat’s 3rd Congressional District will be eliminated based on redistricting maps approved by Missouri lawmakers. Today Carnahan was asked by reporters if 2nd District congressman Todd Akin’s announcement this week that he’ll run for the Senate makes his decision easier.

“There is an open 2nd congressional seat that has a large number of my current constituents in it, so we’re obviously taking a serious look at that," Carnahan said. "And I know there are other folks that are also taking a serious look at having the court review the maps that have been passed by the legislature.”

The second-highest ranking Democrat in the House, Congressman Steny Hoyer of Maryland, was in St. Louis Wednesday to help raise money for Carnahan’s reelection campaign.

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