Dave Camp Not Running for Senate in Michigan | #MISEN

Camp will not run for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Camp will not run for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Posted August 16, 2013 at 11:02am

After a brief reconsideration, Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., has decided once and for all that he will not seek the Wolverine State’s open Senate seat.

“Over the past few months, I have received a lot of encouragement to run for the United States Senate,” the Ways and Means Committee chairman said in a Friday statement. “I have greatly appreciated and am deeply humbled by those calls and conversations. After much thought and careful consideration, I have decided not to run for the United States Senate.”

Camp’s decision leaves Republicans with former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land as the party’s lone candidate for the seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin. However, Republican Rep. Justin Amash has not yet taken his name out of the running.

Democrats have gotten behind Rep. Gary Peters, who had $1.8 million in cash on hand as of June 30. He’s currently favored, as the race is rated Safe Democrat by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.