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Rep. Bart Stupak will seek re-election to Congress this year and will not be looking for the Democratic nomination for the Mich. governor's seat.
updated 1/26/2010 4:13:12 PM ET 2010-01-26T21:13:12

U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak says he won't seek the Democratic nomination for Michigan governor this year and instead will run for re-election.

Stupak said in a statement Tuesday that he believes he can best serve the people of Michigan in Congress.

The former state trooper and a gun-rights advocate holds powerful committee assignments. He has been deeply involved in negotiations over the health care overhaul bill and language restricting how abortions are covered by insurance.

The 57-year-old Stupak has held the 1st District seat in northern Michigan since 1993.

Michigan Lt. Gov. John Cherry, the presumptive Democratic front-runner in the gubernatorial race, withdrew his name earlier this month, opening up the race and drawing the attention of other Democrats.

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