04/05/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Ally Planning To Challenge Burris For Senate Seat

Former Commerce Secretary William Daley is leaning toward running for the Senate seat President Obama once held, sources close to Daley tell The Hill. They characterize the decision as all but finalized.

Daley would likely be an instant front-runner in the race to replace Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.). Though the White House may be loath to get involved in a primary, it would be hard to overlook the fact that Daley was a co-chairman of Obama's presidential campaign and the transition team.

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