Indianapolis (AP) - Republican Indiana Congressman Mike Pence says he won't run this year for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Evan Bayh.
Pence had been considering a run and a possible showdown with Bayh, who has twice won election to the Senate.
But the third-ranking House Republican says he's running for re-election to seat representing much of eastern Indiana that he first won in 2000. He said Tuesday he made his decision in part because he's been given responsibility to shape a GOP comeback as chairman of the House Republican Conference.
Those who have announced they will seek the Republican nomination are former U.S. Rep. John Hostettler, state Sen. Marlin Stutzman of Howe, Richmond financial adviser Don Bates Jr. and Fishers businessman Richard Behney.
Republican Indiana Congressman Mike Pence says he won't run this year for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Evan Bayh.