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07/16/2013 05:08 pm ET

Mike Enzi Will Seek Reelection In 2014 Senate Race

AP

Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) announced Tuesday that he intends to seek reelection in 2014.

Enzi, first elected to the Senate in 1996, will face off against Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, in the Republican primary. Cheney announced her candidacy on Tuesday.

According to the Associated Press, Enzi will make a more formal announcement on his candidacy at a later date.

As The New York Times reported earlier this month, Cheney has begun laying the groundwork for a 2014 run:

In an interview last week after a town hall-style meeting at the county fairgrounds here, a few feet from a plaque marking the site of Mr. Cheney’s first political speech, Mr. Enzi revealed that Ms. Cheney told him this year that she was thinking about challenging him in 2014.

“She called me and said that she’s looking at it,” he said.

And did Ms. Cheney ask Mr. Enzi, now in his third term, if he was planning to run again?

“No,” Mr. Enzi said.

Some Republicans have already voiced support for Enzi in a potential match-up against Cheney, including former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

“I don’t know much about her or her politics, really,” Paul said of Cheney. “I am a friend of Sen. Enzi and while we aren’t exactly the same, I consider him a good conservative.”

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