Duffy not running for Senate in 2018

Duffy not running for Senate in 2018
© Greg Nash

Rep. Sean DuffySean DuffyFlood insurance overhaul is progressing in House Puerto Rico statehood bid a total failure GOP rep dismisses Mueller probe: 'What the hell are we investigating?' MORE (R-Wis.) said on Thursday that he is not running for Senate in 2018.

"After much prayer and deliberation, Rachel and I have decided that this is not the right time for me to run for Senate," Duffy said in a statement.

"We have eight great kids and family always comes first."

Duffy said in the statement that incumbent Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy BaldwinDems push for more action on power grid cybersecurity Overnight Regulation: Labor groups fear rollback of Obama worker protection rule | Trump regs czar advances in Senate | New FCC enforcement chief Dems urge Sessions to reject AT&T-Time Warner merger MORE (D-Wis.) will "be beat because her radically liberal Madison record and ideas are out of synch with Wisconsin."

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"I look forward to helping our Republican nominee defeat her," he said.

"I'll continue to work my heart out for the families of the 7th district and I'm excited about the great things we will accomplish with our united Republican government."

A report last year said Duffy, an early supporter of President Trump, was considering a Senate run in 2018.

The report said a handful of Republicans was already weighing a run to unseat Baldwin, who was elected in 2012, in the wake of Trump's victory in Wisconsin.

Duffy has served in Congress since 2010 and worked on the president's transition team.