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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he’s considering running for his old seat in the U.S. Senate.

Chafee made the announcement Wednesday in an interview with WPRO-AM.

Chafee was a Republican when he lost the seat to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse in 2006. Whitehouse is seeking a third term.

Whitehouse’s campaign issued a statement that didn’t mention Chafee after it was asked for comment. It says Whitehouse looks forward to talking with Rhode Island residents about his Senate priorities.

Chafee became an independent and was elected governor in 2010. He became a Democrat and chose not to run again.

Chafee largely funded his own campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2015.

He was considering another run for governor.

He says supporters of Independent Vermont U.S Sen. Bernie Sanders urged him to run because of Whitehouse’s support for Hillary Clinton.


This story has been corrected to show that Sanders is Independent, not Democrat.


Information from: WPRO-AM,