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Pileggi Won't Challenge Casey in Pa.

December 5, 2011

The short-lived speculation over whether Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi would challenge Democratic Sen. Bob Casey has come to an end, with the Republican state legislator announcing on Monday that he is not running.

"After a great deal of careful consideration, I have decided not to enter the race for the United States Senate," he said in a statement on his Facebook page. "I will continue to focus on my service as Senate Majority Leader, working for positive change in state government. I thank those who encouraged me to run, and everyone who has offered kind words of support."

Had he run, Pileggi would have been a credible candidate with the potential to stand out in a crowded GOP field which right now, lacks a clear-cut favorite. He said last week he had been approached by a number of people about the possibility of a run. National Republicans, meanwhile, never really expected him to make a bid.

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