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Nebraska: Terry Appears Headed for Tough Fight

State Sen. Tom White (D) announced Monday that he is forming an exploratory committee to look at challenging Rep. Lee Terry (R) next year.

White is considered a top recruit for Democrats, who have not aggressively targeted Terry before. Terry won re-election in 2008 with 52 percent, his lowest total since being elected to Congress in 1998, and President Barack Obama won the Omaha-based 2nd district in last year’s presidential race.

White, a 52-year-old civil rights attorney who has served three years in the state Legislature, also launched a campaign Web site:

In an e-mail to supporters, White did not name Terry but stressed his independence and desire for more bipartisanship — two themes that will no doubt be a focus of his campaign.

“To me, it doesn’t matter if it’s a Democratic idea or a Republican idea. What matters is whether it’s a good idea, one that will create jobs and strengthen the economy,— he wrote. “That basic principle is needed in Congress now more than ever.—

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