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Elizabeth Benjamin of the New York Daily News says a Lazio campaign is likely:
Lazio was fairly coy with The Times, saying only that he has had conversations with people about running and considers it "an honor to be thought of as an attractive candidate."
A source close to Lazio who spoke with me after the story broke yesterday went considerably further, ranking the likelihood of Lazio's gubernatorial run as an "8.5" on a scale of one to 10.
Lazio would at least give New York Republicans a well-known name in the governor's race, but he's not exactly a top-tier candidate. He only received 43% of the vote in his much-touted 2000 campaign against Clinton and hasn't held elected office since then.
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