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Donald Trump has nar­rowed his search for en­ergy sec­re­tary to four peo­ple, with for­mer Texas Gov. Rick Perry the lead­ing can­di­date.

Peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the pres­i­dent-elect’s se­lec­tion process said two Demo­cratic se­na­tors from en­ergy-pro­duc­ing states — Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Vir­ginia — are in the mix, along with Ray Wash­burne, a Dal­las in­vestor and Perry for­mer chair­man

of the Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee.

If Trump picks any of the four he will break with re­cent tradition of putting sci­en­tists at the top of the En­ergy Depart­ment. Among other things, the agency is re­spon­si­ble for poli­cies on the safe han­dling of nu­clear ma­te­rial.

Trump met with Perry and Wash­burne while at­tend­ing the Army-Navy foot­ball game in Bal­ti­more on Saturday. It was at least the sec­ond time he’d spo­ken to the two men for po­ten­tial roles in the new ad­min­is­tra­tion. Trump met with Heitkamp on Dec. 2, and is sched­uled to meet with Manchin in New York. Bloomberg News BBB

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