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Former Panther won't run after all

Mike Minter will not run for Congress.

The former Carolina Panthers safety told the Associated Press that he has decided against running against Democratic Rep. Larry Kissell next year.

National Republicans had tried to recruit him and he spent two days in Washington, D.C., in mid May talking with them.

But he decided the campaign would have forced him to be away from his four children too much. Instead, he said he would support former Republican Rep. Robin Hayes if he ran again.

As a first-term Democrat in a swing district, Kissell is a top target for the GOP.

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