Rep. Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Dems decry ObamaCare change as new attempt at 'sabotage' MORE (D-Va.) announced Monday that he would not run for a Virginia Senate seat.

Scott endorsed former Virginia Gov. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineSave lives, restore congressional respect by strengthening opioids’ seizure Overnight Finance: Lawmakers, Treasury look to close tax law loopholes | Trump says he backs gas tax hike | Markets rise despite higher inflation | Fannie Mae asks for .7B Bipartisan Senate group says they have immigration deal MORE (D) for the seat at a Labor Day event in Newport News, Va.

ADVERTISEMENT
“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.