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Lott says he's running again for U.S. Senate

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - U-S Senator Trent Lott says he's running for a fourth term this year, a decision that ends months of speculation.

Lott told a hometown crowd in Pascagoula today that he wants to continue working on federal issues related to Mississippi's recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

The 64-year-old Republican said that he's "chosen Mississippi and America once again. I am going to ask the people of Mississippi to re-elect me."

The former Senate majority leader also hinted that he might seek another leadership position in Washington. He has a news conference scheduled tomorrow in Washington to discuss that issue.

Lott was first elected to the U-S House in 1972 and to the Senate in 1988.

His announcement comes six weeks before candidates' March first qualifying deadline.

Political experts have said Lott is unbeatable if he runs.

Lott lost his majority leadership position in December 2002 after saying at Senator Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday party that Mississippi had proudly voted for Thurmond when the South Carolinian ran for president as a segregationist in 1948.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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