The sharp reversal by the former senator gives Democrats a much better chance at keeping retiring Senator Ben Nelson's seat.
Former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey officially announced Wednesday that he will run for retiring Sen. Ben Nelson's seat in Nebraska, giving Democrats a second life in a race that had been written off earlier this month when Kerrey initially declined to run.
"Doing things the conventional way has never been my strong suit," Kerrey said in a statement Wednesday. "This afternoon, I will file to become a candidate for the United States Senate in Nebraska. I came to realize that my previous decision was the easy one, not the right one. My commitment to serve Nebraska and America, and to be part of the debate about the challenges we face was too strong to dismiss. My family supports this decision 100%. I look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks. We have a lot of work to do."
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That's a complete about-face from a Feb. 7 statement in which Kerrey said "in the end I choose to remain a private citizen."
Even with Kerrey running, Republicans are still favored to pick up the seat. But his reemergence is welcome news for Democrats, who now have a fighting chance.