Bob Kerrey to run for Nebraska Senate seat he once held

Former Sen. Bob Kerrey is reversing course and says he'll seek the Democratic nomination for the Nebraska seat he once held.

Kerrey's announcement Wednesday comes just weeks after he publicly rejected a run to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson. It's also just two days before Nebraska's candidate filing deadline.

The 1992 presidential candidate and former Nebraska governor previously said not running was in his family's best interest.

Kerrey's announcement gives new hope to national Democrats desperate to stop Republicans from netting four Senate seats this fall and regaining control of the chamber.

But it's also sure to create state party friction. Fellow Democrat Chuck Hassebrook stepped into the race after Kerrey bowed out and gave up a University of Nebraska regent seat he's held for nearly 18 years