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On Wednesday, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) announced that he would not seek re-election when his term ends in 2018.

That same day, a source close to Utah state Senator Deidre Henderson told Independent Journal Review's Erin McPike that she is seriously considering a run to replace Chaffetz:

The source claimed that the Republican state senator is calling allies and donors and has been encouraged to jump into the race quickly.

Henderson got her jump start into politics as a volunteer on Chaffetz's 2008 campaign and served as his political director and, later, served as his campaign manager.

According to Henderson's Twitter, she describes herself as a “wife, mother, Utah State Senator, and obsessive expiration date checker.”

On Wednesday, a source close to former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin told IJR that he is also “considering running in 2018,” but still hasn't made a decision on how he will proceed.

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