CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) -- Republican Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson expects to decide in a couple weeks if she will seek to replace Sen. Claire McCaskill in 2012.
Emerson told The Southeast Missourian she intended to discuss the potential Senate run with her husband this weekend.
Emerson was re-elected in November to an eighth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
She said she's not sure a Senate seat would give her the same opportunity to be "up close and personal" with her 8th District constituents.
If Emerson does decide to run, she will face at least two other Republicans in a primary. Former state treasurer Sarah Steelman and St. Louis lawyer Ed Martin have announced their plans to seek the seat McCaskill, a Democrat, won in 2006.
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