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GOP officials say Craig may resign

Associated Press - August 31, 2007 4:43 PM ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican officials say Idaho Senator Larry Craig could resign as early as this weekend.

They say the embattled politician is mulling stepping down, after days of public and private pressure stemming from his arrest in an undercover vice operation in an airport men's room.

Republicans are also saying Idaho's governor already appears to have settled on a successor to Craig. That would be Idaho's lieutenant governor.

Neither President Bush, the national party nor any of Craig's GOP colleagues has publicly expressed support for the three-term senator.

The developments are further evidence Republican officeholders and party leaders want Craig to give up his Senate seat as soon as possible. Several officials say GOP leaders want a successor to be selected and ready to take the oath of office when the Senate returns from its summer vacation early next week.

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