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Mark Warner Not Running For Virginia Governor

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 file photo U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and his wife, Lisa Collis, celebrate the win of former Gov. Timothy Kaine over Republican George Allen during his victory party in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File) | AP
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Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) announced Tuesday that he would not run for Virginia governor in 2013, a spot he held from 2002 to 2006.

"I loved being Governor, but I have a different job now -- and it’s here, in the United States Senate,” he said in a statement. "I hope my value add in Congress is to continue working hard every day to not simply blame the other side, but to actually try to find common ground so we can get stuff done."

"At times, it's been frustrating, but I believe this work is important for Virginia and for our country, and I intend to see it through," he said. Warner is up for reelection in 2014.

That leaves former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe as the only announced nominee on the Democratic side. He lost to Creigh Deeds in the Democratic gubernatorial primary in 2009. Deeds ended up losing to current Gov. Bob McDonnell by 17 points.

Among Republicans, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli are vying for the nomination, which will be decided at the state party convention in May 2013. By law, McDonnell (R) is limited to one term, ending in early 2014.

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