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Paul Sarbanes

Rep. John Sarbanes will not run for Senate

Rep. John Sarbanes will not run for Senate

After weeks of consideration, Rep. John Sarbanes said Friday that he will not run for the seat being left vacant by retiring Sen. Barbara A.Mikulski.

"After giving careful consideration to the open race for Senate, I have decided to pursue re-election to my seat in the House of Representatives," Sarbanes said in a statement. "I am particularly excited to be leading efforts in the House of Representatives to reform our broken campaign finance system so that we can restore the public’s faith in our democracy."

On some levels the announcement was not a surprise: Sarbanes had not been actively raising money for the seat or sending others signals that he...