Kerrey, who served in the Senate from 1989 to 2001 after a single term as governor, will be in the state assessing reaction to his possible re-entry into Nebraska’s political life after a decade in New York City where he was president of New School University.

Kerrey was not a candidate for a third Senate term in 2000.

A number of friends and close political associates said Friday they believe Kerrey is inclined to seek the Senate seat that will be vacated by Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson at the end of the year.