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Milton Wolf, Jerry Moran Face Off Ahead Of Possible Primary Challenge (Updated)

Wolf went head to head with Moran for the first time on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Update 4:13 p.m. | As conservative Kansas doctor Milton Wolf considers a Republican primary challenge to Sen. Jerry Moran, he confronted the incumbent Monday over Wolf's beef with the state’s Republican Party from his last campaign.  

Last week, Wolf was cleared by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts from a charge he had divulged privileged patient information on Facebook. That charge was first raised during his 2014 primary challenge to Sen. Pat Roberts, which Wolf believes was furthered by the party's leadership and Moran.  

In Kansas, Milton Wolf Mulling a Second Conservative Challenge

Wolf is considering challenging another Senator from Kansas from the right. (File Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

In the view of Kansas doctor Milton Wolf, there might be an illness shared by his state’s two Republican senators: They’re not conservative enough.  

Wolf has already once declared himself the cure: In 2014, he led an aggressive, but unsuccessful, primary challenge that placed him within 7 points of Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.  

Senators Confirm Re-Election Bids for 2016

Vitter has announced a bid for governor, leaving the future of his Senate seat in flux in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The 2016 cycle could feature the fewest open Senate seats in at least a decade.  

Of the 34 senators facing re-election next year, just one has announced retirement . A CQ Roll Call survey of the entire Senate class showed only one more senator publicly undecided about re-election, plus three additional senators considering bids for other offices. Two more Senate offices did not return requests for comment on re-election plans, though Democrats are near certain one of them — Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., will seek another term.  

Jerry Moran Kicks Off 2016 Cycle With $1.4 Million War Chest

Moran is up for re-election in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., has more than $1 million in his war chest heading into the 2016 campaign cycle, when he faces re-election.  

According to fundraising numbers provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call, Moran raised $484,000 in the 4th quarter of 2014. He has $1.4 million cash on hand. Moran, who served as the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee in 2014, has not publicly announced his 2016 plans, but sources say he intends to seek re-election.  

Congressman Says Wife Nixed Senate Run

Huelskamp could face a primary challenge in his House district in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., does not plan to run for Senate, he told CQ Roll Call Wednesday.  

"Nope. My wife’s pretty clear on that," he said just outside the House chamber, when asked if he was still thinking about running for Senate. In November, Huelskamp told CQ Roll Call  he was open to the possibility of challenging Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan. Now that he's eschewed that statewide bid, the three-term Republican might have to navigate his own primary  in 2016.