U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers said Tuesday that she will not run for the U.S. Senate.
Ellmers, a Dunn Republican in her second term who represents much of western Wake County, had been mentioned as a possible challenger to U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat from Greensboro.
“After a great deal of reflection and prayer, I have come to the decision that I will run for re-election in the U.S. House of Representatives,” Ellmers wrote. “This was not an easy decision to make, but the right one for me, my family, and the second district of North Carolina. I have been very blessed to get to where I am now and owe my accomplishments to God, my husband Brent, and my son Ben.”
In her statement, Ellmers emphasized the need for Republicans to connect with women.
Dr. Greg Brannon of Cary and House Speaker Thom Tillis are the announced candidates in the GOP primary, but other Republicans are considering the race.