RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers said Tuesday she won't run for North Carolina's U.S. Senate next year, opting instead to see re-election for a third term in the U.S. House.
Ellmers said she's decided she'd do the most good if she ran for re-election representing the state's 2nd Congressional District, which stretches in an arc to the north, east and south of Raleigh.
"There is still plenty of time to look at future positions like the Senate and I will do my best to support the Republican candidate for this seat," Ellmers said in a prepared statement. "I will continue to do everything in my power to fight for a better future for my state, our nation, and the liberty that unites us all."
North Carolina state House Speaker Thom Tillis of suburban Charlotte has said he's running for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan. Tea party favorite and physician Greg Brannon of Cary has said he's also planning a run.
Other Republicans considering seeking the GOP Senate nomination are state Senate leader Phil Berger, U.S. Reps. Virginia Foxx and Southern Baptist leader the Rev. Mark Harris of Charlotte.
The Republican Party is going through a needed self-evaluation after the 2012 elections, and she sees as part of her role getting the GOP to do a better job listening to and reaching out to women, said Ellmers, 49, of Dunn.
"What I've come to realize is that rather than walk away, I need to stay here and work with my colleagues to find the solutions for our great nation and the American people," she said.