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Berkley charging ahead with bid for Ensign's seat


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Democratic U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley of Nevada is charging ahead in her bid for a U.S. Senate seat, even as her Republican rival prepares to take the post in an unprecedented appointment.

She said Thursday that Gov. Brian Sandoval's decision to appoint U.S. Rep. Dean Heller to the seat vacated by Sen. John Ensign does not give him a significant advantage heading into next year's race.

Berkley says the state's voters have a clear choice between her and Heller in the 2012 election.

Heller's move to the Senate will require Nevada to host its first special election for a House seat.

State statute does not allow for a primary, but the rules for defining the general election candidates are unfocused, leaving candidates unsure about whether they will make the ballot.

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