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Vinehout decides against run for governor

Published On: Jan 17 2014 12:49:11 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 17 2014 10:38:44 AM CST
MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) -

State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout has decided against seeking the Democratic nomination for governor of Wisconsin.

Vinehout, of Alma, had been exploring a possible run until she broke her arm in a car crash last month.

Full statement released by Vinehout's campaign:

"After careful consideration I have decided not to run for Governor this year.

The severity of the injury received in the car accident last month -- a splintering of the bone in my upper right arm – and the time required to recover and rehabilitate make it impossible for me to run the intense, grass roots campaign that I want to run and would be necessary to win.

I have many thanks to give to all the individuals across the state who have encouraged me to run and offered their support in countless ways. I will continue to work supporting the grassroots efforts of so many. The vision we share for our state and our communities will not fade.

I wish success to Mary Burke and others who may offer their time and talents in leading our state.”

Former Trek Bicycle Corp. executive Mary Burke is likely the only Democrat to challenge Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November.

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