New Mexico senator decides against running for governor

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall says despite the encouragement of supporters, he has decided against running for governor in his home state of New Mexico in 2018.

The Democrat made the announcement in a statement issued Wednesday, putting to rest any speculation that he might be in the lineup of fellow Democrats who will be seeking the seat.

Udall said he believes he has the experience to address issues that have plagued New Mexico, but that he can better serve the state by remaining in the Senate.

He sits on the influential appropriations committee as well as panels that oversee commerce, American Indian issues and foreign relations.

The senator said he consulted with his family, colleagues and some constituents before making the decision.

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