Newsom won't run for Senate in 2016

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom smiles while speaking at the California Democrats State Convention on Saturday, March 8, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced he will not seek election to the U.S. Senate in 2016.

Newsom posted the following message on Facebook Monday morning:

It's always better to be candid than coy. While I am humbled by the widespread encouragement of so many and hold in the highest esteem those who serve us in federal office, I know that my head and my heart, my young family's future, and our unfinished work all remain firmly in the State of California --- not Washington D.C. Therefore I will not seek election to the U.S. Senate in 2016.

In the months to come, I look forward to doing whatever I can to help elect California's next great Democratic Senator --- one worthy of succeeding Barbara Boxer and serving this remarkable state of dreamers and doers in the United States Senate.

- Gavin


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