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December 18, 2008

Brownback officially retires

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) has officially announced he will not be running for re-election, in preparation for a likely gubernatorial bid in 2010.

Brownback had previously said he would not be running for re-election after pledging to serve only two terms in the Senate.

Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), who already declared his intentions to run for Brownback’s Senate seat, made his campaign official in a statement today.

"At the urging of Kansans from all corners of the state, I am now a candidate for the U.S. Senate, with the hope of continuing to be an independent voice for all Kansans,” Moran said.

Moran will likely be facing his Republican colleague, Rep. Todd Tiahrt, in a Senate primary. Tiahrt is already laying the groundwork for a Senate campaign.

The most high-profile candidate for the Senate race is Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kansas), who has been coy about her future intentions.