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Westmoreland won't run for governor

POSTED: April 24, 2009 11:47 a.m.

ATLANTA (AP) — Yet another prominent Georgia Republican has decided he won't run for governor in 2010.

U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland released a statement on Friday saying that after talking with his family and supporters he has decided it is best to remain in Congress. The Grantville Republican says he believes he can make a difference in the House as a "legislative fighter."

Soon after Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle dropped out of the race for governor last week citing health problems Westmoreland said he was giving serious thought to getting in.

A former state lawmaker, Westmoreland is one of the more conservative members of Georgia's congressional delegation.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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