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Todd Tiahrt closer to making a decision on political future

By Michael Schwanke, mschwanke@kwch.com
Published On: May 01 2014 06:31:15 PM CDT
Updated On: May 01 2014 06:46:40 PM CDT
WICHITA, Kan. -

Todd Tiarht is seriously considering a run for U.S. Congress again.

The former 4th district congressman confirmed to Fact Finder 12 Thursday he is considering a return to politics.

Tiahrt held the seat from 1995 to 2011 when he decided to make a run for U.S. Senate, and was defeated by Jerry Moran.

He said he has not made a final decision, but is being encouraged to run again by farmers and members of the aviation community.

“I’m getting lots of encouragement and I am considering it," Tiahrt said. "I have not formed a campaign or committee yet."

Tiahrt would face off against incumbent Rep. Mike Pompeo in the Republican primary.

Dr. Russell Arben Fox, political expert, said he is watching this race closely.

“Apparently he's been talking it up very seriously with his key supporters for a long time now,” Fox said.

Fox said normally incumbents have a huge advantage, but Tiahrt was in the seat for 16 years. 

“It's going to be a slugfest,” Fox said.

Candidates have to file by June 2.

“I think the only reason he's held off on an official announcement is he's trying to line up major money commitments," Fox said. "I could be wrong."

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