“I wanted to make it perfectly clear I’m not running, nor have I had any intentions of running for the United States Senate," Davis said.
She noted that she had thought about it, however, because "you can't ignore when people from Washington, D.C., give you a call."
Davis would've entered a tough race against Rep. Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Moore CapitoObamaCare fix hinges on Medicaid clash in Senate A guide to the committees: Senate Price huddles with Senate GOP on ObamaCare MORE (R-W.Va.), one of two Republicans to enter the race for retiring Sen. Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerObama to preserve torture report in presidential papers Lobbying world Overnight Tech: Senators place holds on FCC commissioner MORE's (D-W.Va.) seat and the favored candidate to win the GOP nomination.
And Davis admitted, when asked whether Capito could be defeated, that she didn't know.
"I think Shelley's a formidable candidate," she added, calling her "a force to be reckoned with."
Capito has indeed proven to be a formidable candidate in terms of fundraising, bringing in about $770,000 in the second quarter after raising $915,000 in the first quarter — all without a Democrat in the race.
Democrats will now turn their focus to Tennant, who is considering the race.
Davis had harsh words for the state Democratic Party, charging that "the old guard has let our party down."
"I think our party needs to wake up and step up, develop a plan, develop a vision and unite," she said.
Democrat Davis declines West Virginia Senate run
By Alexandra Jaffe - 07/17/13 04:53 PM EDT