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      Michael Thurmond for U.S Senate?

      Georgia Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond has told The Associated Press he's leaning toward a run for U.S. Senate.

      The 57-year-old Democrat says he is strongly considering a challenge to Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson. Thurmond says his experience as labor commissioner would serve him well if he decides to run, because jobs are a top priority for the nation.

      Isakson is seeking a second term and has $3.9 million in the bank for his re-election bid. Isakson recently returned to the campaign trail after being hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat and a blood clot.

      So far, the only Democrat to challenge him is former Rockdale County chief of staff R.J. Hadley, a first-time candidate who has struggled to raise money.

      Thurmond, an Athens native, says he will announce his decision on Wednesday.

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