02/20/2013 03:19 pm ET Updated Feb 20, 2013

Sean Bielat Not Running For Massachusetts Senate After Filing Papers

Sean Bielat said Wednesday that he would not run for the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, six days after news broke that he had filed papers to do so with the Federal Election Commission.

"The numbers looked pretty good and the fundraising went well so I think we could have mounted strong campaign, but now is just not the right time for us," said Bielat, a Republican and local businessman, in an email to supporters. "After spending some time thinking it through with [my wife] Hope, we decided running another campaign just wasn't a good fit for our family right now, given the age of our one- and two-year-old children and their needs."

Bielat's exit leaves state Rep. Dan Winslow, former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan and Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy SEAL, in the GOP primary. Any of them face long odds against their better-funded and better-known Democratic challengers, Reps. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.).

The primary election is set for April 30 and the general election will be held on June 25.


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