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Scott Brown turns down bid for governor

The former senator of Massachusetts announced Wednesday that he will not run for governor of the state after previously hinting at once again joining the races.
/ Source: MSNBC TV

The former senator of Massachusetts announced Wednesday that he will not run for governor of the state after previously hinting at once again joining the races.

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) leaves at the end of a news conference after he was sworn in to be the newest member in the Senate on Feb. 4, 2010 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Former Sen. Scott Brown will not run for governor of Massachusetts, he announced Wednesday night.

“I’ve decided, with my wife’s blessing, that I will not be running for governor of Massachusetts in 2014,” Brown first said on WBZ Radio’s “Nightside With Dan Rea.”

He filled the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat after he won a special election in 2010. But Brown lost last year in the Mass. Senate election by seven points to first-time candidate Elizabeth Warren, the state’s first female senator.

Brown hinted at becoming involved with the races again when he made an appearance at the Iowa State Fair last weekend.

“I’m a pragmatic, common sense, problem-solving Republican, very similar to the people, not only in Iowa, but in New Hampshire and many parts of this country,” Brown said at the fair. “Many people that I know want that middle-of-the-road, that tolerance, that ability to look an issue and put our country first.”