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Democratic state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, seen here in a visit to Mount Pleasant in 2012, is mulling a run for governor.

by Heather Asiyanbi

State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout is on a state tour to vet the option of running for governor next year. On December 8, she’ll visit Wilson’s Coffee on Washington Avenue in Racine to meet residents and answer questions.

While she says she hasn’t made a decision either way, theJSOnline – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noted Sunday that Vinehout is sounding and acting more like a candidate each day.

“I have been getting around the state,” she told the newspaper. “I did 22 events in 15 days before deer hunting season.”

This would be Vinehout’s second go at the state’s top job; the last time she ran was in the 2012 Democratic primary during the recall of Gov. Scott Walker. Then, Vinehout received 4 percent of the vote, but she’s not worried.

“It’s a different race, different time period, different opposition. You don’t have to outrun the bear, you just have to outrun the guy you’re hunting with,” she is quoted as saying.

If she does decide to run, Vinehout will face Mary Burke – and her formidable funding machine – in a Democratic primary next summer. The winner of that contest will face Walker in November.