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Corey Stewart not ruling out run for U.S. Senate

Sunday - 3/6/2011, 5:00pm  ET

WASHINGTON - A decision by one local politician to seek re-election to his current job has surprised many, but the move's impact on a U.S. Senate race remains uncertain.

Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, is running again for his job this coming November. His decision came amid speculation he would instead choose to run for the U.S. Senate -- but does it mean he is out of that 2012 race?

"At the end of the day if an opportunity shows up and the people want me to do that, I'll do it," Stewart says.

Stewart is a Republican who has engaged in a high profile campaign against illegal immigration. He would likely be forced into an expensive primary with George Allen, a former U.S. senator and Virginia governor, if he entered the national race.

Virginia Republicans believe the decision by incumbent Senate Democrat Jim Webb not to seek re-election gives them a better shot at the Senate seat.

"There's no use in speculating on it right now because I just don't know what I'm going to do, and I really need to do first things first, and that's run for re-election," Stewart says.

WTOP's Hank Silverberg contributed to this report. Follow Hank and WTOP on Twitter.

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