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6:45 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Terry faces possible tea party primary challenge

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A week ago, Rep. Lee Terry appeared to be heading into the 2014 election season unopposed.

Now, just days after apologizing for his adamant response that he would continue collecting his paycheck during the federal government shutdown, Terry faces not only renewed interest in his seat from Democrats, but a possible primary challenge from a tea party candidate.

Former state Sen. Chip Maxwell, of Omaha, said Wednesday he is exploring a run for Terry's 2nd District seat. Maxwell says Terry's remarks to the Omaha World-Herald last week did not play a role in his decision.

Terry had said he has "a nice house and a kid in college" and would not give up his paycheck. He has since said he will not collect his paycheck until federal workers can.

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