Allen West makes it official: “I will not seek the…United States Senate in 2012”

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Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., announced Monday that he will run for reelection to the House rather than pursue a Senate bid.

“Over the last several weeks, numerous leaders of the Florida Republican Party, including current and past elected officials, have spoken to me about the race for the United States Senate. Out of respect, I was willing to listen,” said West in a statement.

“I have been given one of the highest honors to serve in the House of Representatives and I will continue to serve the citizens in that capacity. I will not seek the Republican nomination for the United States Senate in 2012. With regard to my future, the only goal I have is to do my very best to represent the constituents of the Congressional District and to restore the exceptionalism of our nation.”

The Republican field to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson includes former state Rep. Adam Hasner, former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, retired Army Col. Mike McCallister, Orlando businessman Craig Miller and blogger Marielena Stuart.

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