A Democratic congressman from Raleigh said today that he's weighing a 2008 U.S. Senate run, making him the first potential challenger to Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole. U.S. Rep. Brad Miller, 53, said he's discussed the race with party officials in Washington and now plans to consult with friends in North Carolina.
"I don't plan to play Hamlet," Miller said. "I plan to get a sense of the lay of the land and make a decision."
Despite early speculation to the contrary, Dole, 70, has said she plans to run for a second term. Last week, she announced that her campaign had raised $1.7 million in the first three months of the year.