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State Sen. Sam Caligiuri, R-Waterbury (Christine Stuart file photo)

(Updated 6:33 p.m.) After talks with Republican party leaders, state Sen. Sam Caligiuri will have a choice to make: continue his campaign against U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd or take on U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy.

Caligiuri said that he will make his decision over the next few days.

Caligiuri was one of five Republicans seeking the nomination to run against Dodd. In the race for Murphy’s seat he would be entering another crowded field of candidates, which already includes at least five Republicans.

“I have urged him to focus his energies on the Fifth Congressional district where I believe he would be a top candidate,” Republican Party Chairman Chris Healy said Tuesday.

“And while it is in no way meant to diminish the efforts of other Republican candidates, Sen. Caligiuri has established himself as a proven reformer and principled legislator,” Healy said.

But the news did seem to upset Justin Bernier who has been mounting a campaign against Murphy for the past seven months.

“The situation in New York’s 23rd congressional district showed us what happens when party insiders play favorites,” Bernier said. “I am confident that the Republicans in the Fifth District of Connecticut will make the right decision in this nomination process.”

In addition to Caligiuri, Bernier, Bill Evans, Kie Westby, Dan Carter, and Mark Greenberg, who announced his candidacy Tuesday, will be seeking the Republican nomination in the Fifth Congressional District.