Pence won't run for Bayh's seat

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) will not run for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), his office announced today.

Pence had previously declined to challenge Bayh, clearing the way for former Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.). Now that Bayh is resigning, Pence says he will still run for re-election to his House seat.

Here's the statement from his office:

“After receiving considerable encouragement to run for the United States Senate last month, Mr. Pence made a decision to seek reelection to the House of Representatives and help lead a conservative comeback in 2010 and that decision stands. Mr. Pence’s decision was made irrespective of polls or Senator Bayh’s intention to seek re-election. Mr. Pence believes that Republicans will retake the House in 2010 and he counts it a privilege to be a part of the House Republican leadership during this historic election. Mr. Pence has filed for re-election to the 6th Congressional District of Indiana and will continue serve his constituents and help lead the effort to retake the House of Representatives.”