A Pleasant Surprise: Jeb Bush Will Not Run for Senate

After gearing up for a likely Senate campaign in 2010, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) announced this afternoon that he's not running.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will not run for the open Senate seat of Sen. Mel Martinez, he announced in a statement released moments ago.

"After thoughtful consideration, I have decided not to run for the United States Senate in 2010," said Bush. "While the opportunity to serve my state and country during these turbulent and dynamic times is compelling, now is not the right time to return to elected office."

Bush's decision robs Republicans of a top-tier recruit who would have immediately been favored to hold Martinez's seat. Without Bush in the race, Republicans are almost certain to play host to a crowded and competitive primary.

This will, of course, put a crimp in his father's hopes to see yet another President Bush in 2016.

Jeb's announcement comes as something of a surprise. As recently as two weeks ago, it appeared that the former governor was poised to officially launch a campaign, lining up would-be contributors and picking up support from party leaders. Bush would have been handed the party nomination on a platter, and would have been favored to win the seat. Over the last 48 hours, however, Bush pulled back, leading to today's announcement.


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