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Ketner Says No Again

After briefly reconsidering her decision in the wake of South Carolina Rep. Henry Brown’s (R) retirement announcement, Democrat Linda Ketner told supporters today that she will stick by her original plan to skip the 2010 election.

In her 2008 campaign Ketner, a wealthy Charleston businesswoman and daughter of the Food Lion grocery store chain founder, held Brown to the lowest winning percentage of his Congressional career. But after mulling a re-match in the 1st district during the first half of 2009 Ketner announced in June that she would not be a Congressional candidate this cycle.

After Brown’s announcement last week national Democrats expressed hope that Ketner might be lured back into the race.

But Ketner ended the speculation Wednesday.

“I am deeply appreciative of all the encouragement I’ve received from hundreds of you
since Congressman Brown’s resignation,” Ketner said in her email. “Because we have been partners in building a better South Carolina, I wanted you to be the first to know that I will not be running for Congress in 2010. Personally and professionally, 2010 is not the time for me to mount a campaign.”

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