Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., announced Friday that he will not run for retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levinâ€™s seat.
â€œAfter careful and thorough deliberation and long talks with my family, friends and supporters, I have determined that the best way for me to continue to have a direct impact for my constituents and the nation is to remain in the House of Representatives,â€ Rogers wrote in an emailed statement to his supporters.
Rogersâ€™ decision means former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land is the only GOP candidate in the race, although GOP Rep. Justin Amash has also said he is considering a bid for the seat.
Local and national operatives long suspected that Rogers, a favorite of the national Republicans, would pass on the Senate race. They speculated he would not want to risk losing his his gavel on the House Intelligence Committee for a tough statewide race.
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