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Dean Heller Announces Run for U.S. Senate

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LAS VEGAS -- Three-term Congressman Dean Heller says he will run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Nevada Republican John Ensign.

Heller's announcement after months of alluding to a run comes a week after Ensign announced he won't seek a third term. Ensign says he wants to shield his family from campaign attacks stemming from his extramarital affair.

Heller sent an e-mail to supporters Tuesday morning announcing his Senate run. He says he wants to curb government spending and heal Nevada's troubled economy. The Silver State has the highest unemployment in the nation at 14.2 percent.

Heller's staff has said he would trump any candidate in primary or general election Senate  races. Potential rivals include Republican and tea party favorite Sharron Angle and Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley.

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