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Sen. Durbin Confirms Run for Re-Election

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    Sen. Dick Durbin will run for re-election for 2014, the Senator told NBC Chicago Saturday.

    “I love my job,” he said. “I feel strong, healthy and it’s great to have a President who knows where to find Illinois. I’ll be able to help in the Senate and bring some jobs to this state.”

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    The senator's re-election bid alleviates some national concerns for his party after four democratic senators announced retirement plans.

    Durbin, 68, is the U.S. Senate's second most-powerful Democrat, a position he's held since 2007. A successful re-election bid would put him in Washington through 2020.

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    Though he did not give an exact date for when he will formally announce his run, the senator said it will be soon.