Emerson decides against Senate bid

ST. LOUIS (AP) __ U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson will not seek the
Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate in 2012.
The Cape Girardeau lawmaker announced her intentions on Tuesday,
saying she can best serve Missouri and her district in the House.
Two other Republicans have already announced plans to seek the
seat currently held by Democrat Claire McCaskill. They are former
state Treasurer Sarah Steelman and Ed Martin, a former chief of
staff to Gov. Matt Blunt who narrowly fell short of unseating
Congressman Russ Carnahan of St. Louis in November.
Emerson was elected to an eighth term in November. She is the
second member of Missouri’s congressional delegation to decide
against a Senate bid. Republican Sam Graves of northwest Missouri
announced earlier this month that he would remain in the House.

Copyright 2011 Associated Press

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