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Vitter says won’t run for US Senate in 2016

by Associated Press

vitter-headshot-200Republican David Vitter says he is not going to run again for the U.S. Senate after losing in an upset race for governor to Democrat John Bel Edwards.

Vitter made the announcement during an appearance to campaign supporters in the New Orleans suburbs Saturday evening after it became apparent that he would not win the governor’s race.

Vitter, who has one year left in his second U.S. Senate term, told supporters that before entering the governor’s race, he and his wife had decided that he would not seek another term in the Senate.

The news marks a stunning fall for Vitter, who just months ago had been considered the front runner to replace term-limited Gov. Bobby Jindal.

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