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Cornyn declines to endorse Ensign in 2012

Source : AP
Last Updated: Wed, Aug 05, 2009 17:35 hrs

The head of the Senate's Republican campaign arm is not saying for now whether he will back embattled Nevada Sen. John Ensign for re-election in three years.

Sen. John Cornyn oversees the National Republican Senatorial Committee. He says he is focusing on the 2010 election and wants to give Ensign — also a Republican — and his family space to work through their troubles.

Ensign acknowledged in June he had an affair with a former campaign aide. His attorney has also said that Ensign's parents paid the woman and her family $96,000 after learning about the affair.

Ensign has not said whether he'll seek re-election in 2012. It's also not certain whether Cornyn will be heading the Senate Republicans' campaign operation then.

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