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Jindal Says Definitive 'No' To Senate Race

Gov. Bobby Jindal has put to rest monthsof water cooler speculation about his interest in this fall's U.S.Senate race. The governor says definitively that he will not runfor the Senate.

The governor told The Times-Picayune that the answer is"absolutely no. No caveats, no loopholes." Jindal says his onlypolitical plans are to seek re-election in 2011.

Although Jindal had never indicated an interest in the Senateseat, that had not stopped months of rumor-mongering amongpolitical types eager to see incumbent Republican David Vitter haveto fight off a high-profile challenge in the primary.

Democrat U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon also is running for theseat. The party primary election is Aug. 28, and the generalelection is Nov. 2.

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