Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) will remain in the House rather than challenging Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) in a primary election, he announced Wednesday.
Labrador, a Tea Party favorite who upset the establishment's choice to win his seat in 2010, said he never "seriously" thought about running against Otter. But when he started to tell supporters he was ruling it out months ago, Labrador said, they pressed him to reconsider.
"Running against Gov. Otter would have been a tough race," he said.
Labrador has been a thorn in the side of GOP leadership in Congress at times, including a vote against John BoehnerJohn BoehnerFreedom Caucus leader: Despite changes, healthcare bill doesn't have the votes Debt ceiling returns, creating new headache for GOP Letters: Congress, raise the debt limit now MORE (R-Ohio) for Speaker. He was also an active voice in the immigration debate before leaving negotiations with Democrats earlier this summer.