Duffy not running for Senate in 2018

Duffy not running for Senate in 2018
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Rep. Sean DuffySean DuffyJuan Williams: Trump and the new celebrity politics Lewandowski urges Trump, Kelly to fire head of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau These 5 House Republicans are ripping their Senate colleagues over healthcare 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 BaldwinSenate Dems unveil trade agenda Group pushes FDA to act on soy milk labeling petition Steel industry urges House panel to adopt 'Buy America' rules 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.