- Associated Press - Monday, March 30, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos says she’s decided not to challenge Republican Mark Kirk for his U.S. Senate seat.

Bustos had been mulling a run, but said Monday that she won’t run now that U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth is in the race for the Democratic nomination.

Duckworth announced her candidacy in a largely autobiographical video posted Monday to her campaign website. She is the first major candidate to announce a challenge to Kirk, a first-term Republican.

Bustos says she’s not formally endorsing anyone yet, but praised Duckworth’s record and called her a “strong fighter for working men and women and veterans.”

Other Democrats who’ve indicated interest in running in 2016 include U.S. Reps. Bill Foster and Robin Kelly.

Republicans mulling a run include former tea party U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh.


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