Former senator Carte Goodwin (D-W.Va.) has told a local political analyst that he will not run for the open seat left by retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.).
Hoppy Kercheval reports that Goodwin has informed him he will not run for the seat, citing family concerns.
Democrats continue to have a recruiting hole to fill in the Mountaineer State, with Rep. Shelley Moore Capito off and running on the GOP side.
Carte’s cousin, Booth Goodwin, and former governor Gaston Caperton have both turned down the race, and Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) appears unlikely to run. But businessman Ralph Baxter and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant are still considering running, with Baxter appearing likely to enter the race.
Carte Goodwin was appointed to Sen. Robert Byrd’s (D-W.Va.) seat after Byrd died in 2010 but didn’t run in the special election later that year. Then-governor Joe Manchin (D) won that seat.