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Former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin is considering running again for South Dakota's seat House of Representatives, she said Wednesday.

A rematch against Rep. Kristi Noem, who received 48 percent of the vote to Herseth Sandlin's 46 percent in the Nov. 2010 election, is one of the options Herseth Sandlin is considering. She's being encouraged to do so by national Democrats.

"Certainly an opportunity for me to serve South Dakota in elected office at some point, either in the near term or down the line, is something I'll evaluate because of how much I enjoyed serving," Herseth Sandlin said.

Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told national media earlier on Wednesday that he has been encouraging Democrats who lost in 2010, including Herseth Sandlin, to run again. Herseth Sandlin confirmed Israel's account.

"We've traded some emails," she said. "I've been doing a lot of traveling and spending time with family and friends. It's pretty early in the new Congress. I'm exploring all my professional options, looking for my own personal balance. I'm looking forward to sitting down with the chairman, but I haven't made any decisions about what I'll do politically. It's too early."

Israel's comments prompted a critique from the National Republican Congressional Committee.

"If Herseth Sandlin desperately wants her old job back then she could start by actually traveling back to South Dakota and explaining why she voted for the failed stimulus bill and the rest of the Pelosi agenda that caused her to lose her seat in the first place," committee spokesman Tyler Houlton said in a statement.

Herseth Sandlin said she hasn't gone beyond exchanging e-mails with national Democrats encouraging her to run.

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"I'm taking my time to explore all of my options to see what makes the most sense," she said.

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