Michael Steele for U.S. Senate?

The 2016 race for control of the U.S. Senate continues to heat up with new entrants coming almost weekly. In a panel discussion in Washington this weekend, Michael Steele, former Gov. of Maryland and former Chairman of the RNC, revealed he is considering re-entering elective office.

After Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) announced her retirement last month, a tectonic shift began as various officials moved to position a run for the open seat in a state that historically leans heavily Democrat.

Steele previously ran for U.S. Senate in 2006, but was defeated by Ben Cardin in the election cycle that ultimately proved to be disastrous for Republicans during George W. Bush’s second midterm.

The question, which he admitted in an MSNBC interview, will likely be the deciding factor on his mulling the run is whether the 2016 presidential cycle, which is likely also to be favorable for Democrats, is a risk worth taking.