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Is Gary Hart, the lanky senior US senator from Colorado, gearing up for a 1984 run for president?

''Almost,'' says Democratic National Committee chairman Charles T. Manatt, who adds that Hart would be a ''good'' candidate. Hart, who served as national campaign director for George McGovern's 1972 presidential bid, has kept a high profile within the party. Last year, he spoke at 11 Jefferson-Jackson dinners. On Feb. 6 he will present a letter on Democratic economic policy to the party's strategy council.

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''We'll know more then,'' says Manatt, who ranks Hart along with Sen. John Glenn, Walter Mondale, and Ted Kennedy as the current leading contenders for the 1984 nomination.m

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