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Fleming passes on 2014 U.S. Senate race

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Louisiana Congressman John Fleming (R-4th Dist.) has decided to pass on the race for Senate.

The Republican had been considering a challenge to unseat Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu.

But on Thursday, Fleming issued a statement declining a run for the seat because he would be in direct competition for the seat with another Republican, Congressman Bill Cassidy, who launched his Senate bid this week.

"I'm grateful for the many Louisianians who have urged me to challenge Senator Landrieu in 2014. We share a desire to replace her in the U.S. Senate. That desire is so strong, that for me to enter the race now would risk a contest between two experienced Republican Congressmen, potentially offering Senator Landrieu a path back to Washington. I can't let that happen. My friend, Bill Cassidy, has long prepared and now stepped forward to challenge Mary, and he offers Louisiana's voters a Republican alternative necessary in 2014 to replace a big-government Washington liberal. Therefore, with prayerful analysis, my family and I have decided to step aside for this Senate race to optimize the chance for Republicans to win this vital seat."

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