Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.) announced Monday that she will not run for the Senate next year in the Granite State, preventing what could have been a high-profile primary — and an electoral headache — for Democrats.
“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 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.—
Fellow two-term Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.) announced earlier this year that he would seek to succeed retiring Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), leaving his competitive 2nd district House seat up for grabs.
National party support for Shea-Porter was tepid because Democrats did not want her to leave her GOP-leaning district to challenge another Democratic Member in the Senate primary race. With Shea-Porter out of the picture, local and national Democrats will likely coalesce their support behind Hodes.
There are no announced Republican candidates in the race to succeed Gregg, but Granite State Republicans are looking to former Sen. John Sununu or former Rep. Charlie Bass to run. Sununu lost re-election to now-Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) last year, while Bass lost his seat to Hodes in 2006.