- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Democratic state Sen. Aaron Ford says he won’t be challenging his Republican legislative counterpart for a seat in Congress.

Ford issued a statement Wednesday saying he can best serve Nevadans by running for re-election to the state Legislature. Ford is the highest-ranking Democrat in the Senate, and is considered the favorite for the powerful majority leader post if Democrats regain control of the Senate in 2016.

Democratic party officials had been in talks with Ford about a potential run for Congressional District 3, which includes Henderson and Summerlin.

Ford’s announcement came the same day that Republican Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson announced he would run to replace fellow Republican Rep. Joe Heck, who’s running for U.S. Senate.

Roberson and Ford frequently clashed during the legislative session that ended in June.

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