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U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx won't run for U.S. Senate

Republican U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx says she won't enter the GOP primary for the chance to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan next year.

In an announcement Tuesday afternoon, Foxx said she already has "the best job in North Carolina."

The Banner Elk Republican has ridden atop some polls for months as a voter favorite for the race. Foxx called the encouragement humbling, but said she wants to continue representing her district.

"North Carolina deserves a United States Senator who is committed to increasing freedom and also to reducing the size of Washington's footprint in our lives," Foxx said in a statement. "That starts with electing a Senator who is committed to undoing President Obama's job-crushing heath care overhaul and getting our outrageous national deficit under control. Our conservative candidate for Senate will have my utmost support."

U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers of Dunn announced a few weeks ago she wouldn't be running for U.S. Senate.

House Speaker Thom Tillis and Dr. Greg Brannon are in the GOP primary. A few others, including Senate leader Phil Berger, are thinking about getting in.

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