Rep. Scott declines to run for Senate in Va.

Rep. Bobby ScottBobby ScottLabor chief knocks GOP 'waste of time' on fiduciary rule Overnight Regulation: Biz groups flock to White House to change overtime rule House panel votes to overturn Obama's financial adviser rule MORE (D-Va.) announced Monday that he would not run for a Virginia Senate seat.

Scott endorsed former Virginia Gov. Tim KaineTim KaineDem senator compares Obama's moves in Syria to Putin's in Ukraine Let the Democratic veepstakes begin Clinton allies ridicule Trump's ‘America first’ doctrine MORE (D) for the seat at a Labor Day event in Newport News, Va.

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“Though I believe I can win the Democratic nomination and the general election, a winning campaign would require me to devote all of my time for the next 14 months to that campaign," Scott said, according to The Associated Press. "This would mean that my work on issues critical to Virginians and other Americans would have to be postponed."

Scott's decision clears the way for Kaine to gain the Democratic nomination. He is expected to face former Virginia Sen. George Allen (R) in the general election.

The race to succeed retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) will be one of the most competitive races in 2012.

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