Arkansas Democratic Rep. Mike Ross, who announced he wouldn't be running for re-election to the House last year, is abandoning his plans to run for governor of the state. The six-term congressman initially said he wasn't seeking another term so he could explore a gubernatorial bid in 2014.
"I've received a lot of encouragement and given serious consideration to seeking the office of Governor of Arkansas in 2014, a race that will begin early next year. However, after a lot of prayer and reflection, I have decided that I will not be a candidate for Governor in 2014," Ross said in a statement on his Facebook page.
Instead, he will be joining the Little-Rock based Southwest Power Pool at the end of his term as its senior vice-president for government affairs and public relations.
Ross's decision makes it likely that Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel will be the favored Democratic gubernatorial nominee in 2014, when Gov. Mike Beebe's term expires. Arkansas term limits prevent Beebe from seeking a third term.