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SMITH NOT RUNNING
This Aug. 6, 2012 photo shows former U.S. Senator Gordon Smith being interviewed in Portland, Ore. Smith is living and working in a Washington, D.C., suburb and says that while he may get the call to public service again, he has no plans to run for office anytime soon. The former Republican U.S. senator from Oregon lost to Democrat Jeff Merkley four years ago and showed up at the party's annual Dorchester Conference two years ago. That generated buzz about him running again, perhaps for governor. But Smith tells The Oregonian there's no prospect of that. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Michael Lloyd)