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Whitmer Won't Run For Governor

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - State Senator Gretchen Whitmer won't run for governor in 2014.

Whitmer, the Senate Minority Leader, is the highest-ranking elected Democrat in the state. Many political experts believed the East Lansing woman would be a leading contender in the race to try and replace Republican Governor Rick Snyder in 2014.

Whitmer is citing her children, aged 9 and 10, as a reason for passing up the governor's race - and that she wanted to end speculation about a gubernatorial bid early.

She passed on a run for Attorney General in 2010 for the same reason.

Whitmer assures that her fight will continue, saying in a release, "I'll be spending the next 2 years in my role as Senate Democratic Leader continuing to fight for the things that will get Michigan and our families back on track."

She also says she is still looking to find the best person to run against Governor Snyder, citing the need to support strong, female leaders in Michigan.

But who will the democrats look at to defeat the governor? Former Candidate Virg Benero was prepared to back Whitmer, but he'll go back on the list. Congressman Gary Peters, former Secretary of State candidate Joslyn Benson and Congressman Mark Schauer will all be in the mix.

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