Rep. Lynn WestmorelandLeon (Lynn) Acton WestmorelandJuan Williams: GOP to blame for civility's breakdown Veteran GOP lawmaker Westmoreland to retire GOP hits Clinton on email setup during Benghazi hearing MORE will not run for governor of Georgia next year, he said Friday.

In a statement, the Republican said he plans to run for reelection after considering the governors race with his family.

"It is an honor and a privilege to represent more than 700,000 people in Georgia's 3rd Congressional District. The last week has given me a chance to think seriously about how I can best serve the people of our state," Westmoreland said in a statement. "That process has involved in-depth talks with my wife and children, my longtime supporters and my most trusted friends. I have decided that it is best for me to remain in Congress, where I think I can make a difference as a legislative fighter."

When current Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle (R) said earlier this month that he will not run for governor, Westmoreland said he was considering it.

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