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After hinting this week that he was considering a gubernatorial bid in 2010, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.) announced Friday that he would seek re-election in the House next year.

“The last week has given me a chance to think seriously about how I can best serve the people of our state,— Westmoreland said. “I have decided that it is best for me to remain in Congress, where I think I can make a difference as a legislative fighter.

“While my decision will be good news for some and disappointing to others, I believe it’s best for me and my family,— he added. “Rest assured that I will do everything in my power to support our party’s nominee for governor. … We must keep the governor’s office in Republican hands, and I’m going to be a part of that effort as a member of Georgia’s Congressional delegation.—

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