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Will U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan seek re-election?

A Politico article is raising an interesting question: Will U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan seek re-election?

Hagan, a Democrat, raised the specter herself by dodging Politico's question. Reporter Manu Raju writes: "There are surprise retirements every cycle, and some senators are cagey about their intentions this far away from the next election, even if they are widely expected to run.

“I’m definitely working hard to avert the fiscal cliff, focus on the tasks at hand right now, and that’s what I’m focused on,” said first-term Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, when asked about her plans."

The question will hound Hagan until she answers it. The 2014 campaign fundraising cycle starts in six weeks and the freshman senator faces a steep battle ahead. She won office in 2008 with President Barack Obama on the ticket and now must defend her post in a lower-interest midterm election against a cast of Republicans salivating at the chance to defeat her. But at the same time, the Democratic bench is thin and Hagan offers her party's best chance for victory.

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