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February 7, 2016

Virginia Foxx Says No to Senate Bid in North Carolina | #NCSEN

Foxx will not run for Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., announced Tuesday that she will not run in one of the country’s most competitive Senate races, instead opting to seek re-election to the House.

For months, Republican operatives mentioned Foxx as a potential candidate to challenge Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan — although it was somewhat unclear just how serious the five-term Republican was about a statewide race.

“The encouragement I’ve received to enter the race to become North Carolina’s next United States Senator is truly humbling,” Foxx said in a release. “But I already have the best job in North Carolina. Representing the people of North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District while working to encourage job growth, repeal ObamaCare, and return decision-making power in education back to our state is where my heart and focus lie.”

Two Republicans have already announced they are running: state House Speaker Thom Tillis and physician Greg Brannon. State Sen. Phil Berger is reportedly still mulling whether to enter the contest.

Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., took a pass on a bid last month.

The race is rated Tossup/Tilt Democrat by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Nosh_72

    I hope that she would not be able to win but with that crazy Governor doing what he is – it certainly appears that anything can happen in North Carolina.

  • Gregory Williams

    She has spent her career in Washington being an extremist RWNJ and spewing divisive radicalized conservative DOGMA on the House Floor – her district ain’t that conservative and she lives in fear of buckets of water.

    The democrat who runs against her should put up an ad with a bucket of water being used to melt her away.

  • Chredon

    Damn. I was hoping she would run for Senate, lose, and be out of politics altogether. I guess that’s too much to hope for.

  • Chredon

    What happened in North Carolina is that Democrats got all pouty in 2010 and didn’t show up to vote. That gave the GOP the reins of government in a redistricting year, and they gerrymandered themselves a 70% super-majority in both houses of the state legislature despite winning only 51% of the vote.

    Then, Governors Mike Easley and Bev Perdue had some minor scandals, Bev waited too late to decide not to run for re-election, and Pat McCrory coasted into the Governor’s office with the help of Art Pope.

    North Carolinians in general are not as crazy as the crap you see going on here these days. But it’ll be a long time before reasonable people can wrest the legislature away from the wing-nuts.

  • Socialism is Organized Evil

    Although the threat of coercion is required to prevent lawless behavior, the liberty school recognizes that centralized coercive power should be minimized to prevent its abuse by the ignorant and the wicked.

  • Freedom First

    Since modern civilization’s complexity makes it more difficult to find the best niche for our unique skills and talents, stress and discontent tend to arise more easily as civilization grows more complicated and fast-paced.

  • Robin Scalia

    Foxx your to old for Americans You have a evil smile We thought you acted like a little deceitful child and needed to put a depends on under your outfit For the oldest biddy Republican you made the biggest fool of yourself We want older leaders to resign they live in the past and we need stamina and sharpness which you don’t have

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