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Mark Warner Announces He Will Not Run For Governor

Warner says he wants to continue his work in the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D), announced Tuesday that he will not run for governor in 2013, saying that he wants to continue the work he was sent to do in Washington.

Warner, in a statement issued shortly after 3 p.m., said Virginians of all political stripes have approached him over the past year to make the bid—which he said he would consider and then make a decision after the November election.

"I’ve talked to a lot of Virginians I respect, and I’ve talked about it with my family," Warner said in a statement.

"But when I asked Virginians to hire me as their Senator, I made a promise to come to Washington to try to be a problem solver.  I have to admit, it’s been tougher than I expected.  But I’ve tried to keep at it."

Warner's decision means former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe is his party's frontrunner for Virginia's chief executive.

Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli have announced their intentions to seek the GOP nomination.

Recent polls showed Warner leading both Republican candidates.

Warner, a former governor, said he wanted to continue his bipartisan work to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, but also to focus on immigration reform, education improvements and developing an energy plan.

He'll likely be working closely with Democratic Sen.-elect Tim Kaine, his one-time lieutenant governor.

"I loved being Governor, but I have a different job now—and it’s here, in the United States Senate," Warner stated.

"I hope my value add in Congress is to continue working hard every day to not simply blame the other side, but to actually try to find common ground so we can get stuff done."

He continued: "At times, it’s been frustrating.  But I believe this work is important for Virginia, and for our country, and I intend to see it through."

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Isaac Smith November 21, 2012 at 04:57 PM
While I am glad that Mark Warner will be staying on as our Senator, I would be delighted to see any candidate win the Democratic nomination other than Mr. McAuliffe. He's too slick and too much of a salesman to win Virginia in a general election. Although I'm not a huge fan of Brian Moran, I'd rather see him in Richmond than McAuliffe, and his cronies. Let's have a meaningful primary to see where all potential candidates stand on the issues that are important.

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