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Posted at 4:47 PM ET, 03/ 2/2011

Kaine will likely announce Senate decision as soon as next week

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

Tim Kaine, former governor and current chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will most likely announce whether he is running for U.S. Senate as soon as next week, according to sources close to Kaine.

Kaine is on vacation with his family until Monday, in part to consider the decision, they say. The sources say he will announce soon after returning.

He has consulted with President Obama and been encouraged to run by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, both of Virginia's senators and countless state officials. On Feb. 19 at Virginia Democrats' Jefferson Jackson Dinner, he was greeted by enthusiastic crowds of activists in his hometown and by those wanting him to run.

Several other Democrats have been mentioned as possible contenders. Defeated representative Tom Perriello is the most prominent name. Other possible candidates include Rep. Gerry Connolly, former representative Rick Boucher, state Sen. Chapman "Chap" Petersen (Fairfax), state Sen. A. Donald McEachin (Richmond), State Del. David L. Englin (Alexandria) and Michael Signer, who lost the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor in 2009. Former representative Glenn Nye (D) has ruled himself out.

Former senator George Allen, who lost the seat in 2006 to Webb, and tea party leader Jamie Radtke are running for the GOP nomination. Several Republicans are considering a run.

By Anita Kumar  | March 2, 2011; 4:47 PM ET
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