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Shea-Porter Opts Out of New Hampshire Senate Race

New Hampshire Rep. Carol Shea-Porter ended speculation Monday regarding her 2010 plans and announced she will not be a candidate for Senate.

“I thank the many people in New Hampshire and Washington, D.C., who have asked me to run, but I have decided that I do not want to run for the U.S. Senate,” Shea-Porter, a Democrat, said in a statement. “I love the House of Representatives and the work I am involved in there to help the people of New Hampshire.”

Shea-Porter’s decision bodes well for her House colleague, Democrat Paul W. Hodes, who would have faced Shea-Porter in a primary. No additional major Democratic or Republican candidates have announced for the seat, which is currently held by retiring Republican Sen. Judd Gregg. Gregg withdrew as Commerce Secretary earlier this year and announced his decision not to seek re-election.

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