Rep. Fred Upton announces he's not running for Senate

Rep. Fred Upton announces he's not running for Senate

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph said Friday he will seek re-election to the House, abandoning plans to run for the U.S. Senate.

“I will not be a candidate for the U.S. Senate. There was a path, but today we are choosing not to follow it, " Upton said said a statement sent to Newschannel 3. “Instead, my focus will remain on helping all of my constituents with problems big and small and improving the quality of life for all in Michigan."

Upton had previously told Newschannel 3 he was looking at a possible Senate bid, but worried about name recognition on the east side of the state, as well as fundraising for a run again U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

“I’m also excited about seeing our bipartisan 21st Century Cures Act through, getting historic tax-reform into law to help Michigan middle-class families, advancing common-sense ‘all-of-the-above’ energy solutions, and working with the Problem Solvers Caucus to do it all in a bipartisan way. As it should be done," Upton said in his statement. “We need focus and fortitude in Washington now more than ever. We are full speed ahead for re-election in 2018."

Former Chief Justice Bob Young, who earlier this year announced his intentions to seek the Republican nomination and challenge Stabenow for the U.S. Senate seat, said he respected Upton's decision.

"He has been a strong voice for South West Michigan since joining the House in 1987, and will continue that after next November's election," Young said in a written statement on Upton's decision. "Our message of proven conservatism and constitutional foundation will beat Debbie Stabenow, but we need to unite as a party and for conservatives to join our campaign today.”

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