Alan Keyes Considering GOP Request to be Senate Candidate

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Alan Keyes, a two-time presidential hopeful from Maryland, says he needs time to decide if he really wants to jump into the fray less than three months before the election.

Keyes told Republican leaders who offered him the nomination Wednesday night that he would make his decision known Sunday. If he accepts, Keyes will be stepping into a national spotlight race with another Harvard-educated, polished debater, Democratic rising star Barack Obama.

He would also set up the first U.S. Senate election with two black candidates representing the major parties, almost assuring Illinois would produce only the fifth black U.S. senator in history.