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Joe Miller, Former Alaska Tea Party Senate Candidate, 'Seriously Considering' Another Run: Report

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After coming up short in one of the most captivating Senate races in the 2010 election cycle, Tea Party favorite Joe Miller is "seriously considering" mounting a Republican challenge against Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in 2014, National Review reports.

Miller won the Republican nomination in 2010, but eventually lost to GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who adjusted her campaign to run as a write-in candidate after falling to Miller in the primary.

National Review reports that Miller was on Capitol Hill Friday, where he met with Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He also swung by to see Murkowski in what was reported as their first meeting since the 2010 election.

The Hill reports that Miller also visited with Begich to thank the senator for nominating his son to a military academy, but at the time wouldn't shed any light on his potential plans for 2014.

While Miller still maintains support among conservative activists in Alaska, his controversial history may raise concern with the state's broader electorate.

Federal informant and former Miller campaign worker William Fulton told HuffPost's Ryan J. Reilly earlier this month that the Senate candidate had worn a bulletproof vest the night he defeated Murkowski in the Republican primary.

Fulton said the story demonstrated that Miller was "a paranoid guy with a bunch of guys with guns that like to hang out with him who almost became a senator."

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