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West Virginia GOP Chair Says He Won't Run For Office in 2012

In West Virginia next year, there's a Senate race and a gubernatorial race -- and still zero Republican candidates.

Now, Mike Stuart, the state GOP chair, can be crossed off the list of possibilities. The Charleston Daily Mail reports that Stuart said he's not running for office next year.

"I do not intend to be a candidate for public office in 2012," Stuart said in an email. "I am confident, however, that incredible candidates that reflect my urgency to change direction and build a more positive future will emerge as the West Virginia Republican Party offers an alternative to our failed economic history and the status quo."

Republican Businessman Bill Maloney, who fought his way to a close second in October's gubernatorial race, has said a decision on running again in 2012 may be months away. He's currently on a mine safety tour around the state.

As of now, though, neither Gov.-elect Earl Ray Tomblin and or Sen. Joe Manchin have a Republican challenger for the 2012 race.

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