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Sandoval To Pick Ensign’s Successor Soon

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval says he’ll name Sen. John Ensign’s successor within two weeks — before Ensign’s May 3 departure from Congress.

Nevada law allows the Republican governor to name a successor at any time.

But Sandoval said Friday he’ll do so before Ensign resigns.

Ensign announced Thursday he’s stepping down amid a nearly two-year ethics probe stemming from his extramarital affair with a former staffer and allegations he helped the woman’s husband find lobbying work.

Sandoval isn’t commenting on his selection process.

He’s widely expected to name Republican Congressman Dean Heller, who he already endorsed in the 2012 contest to replace Ensign.

Heller also has the support of national and state Republicans.

Democratic Congresswoman Shelley Berkley has announced she would run for Ensign’s Senate seat.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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