Another Democrat passes on West Virginia Senate race

Another potential Democratic recruit has decided not to run for the open Senate seat in West Virginia, with state Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis saying Wednesday that she won't run.


Davis told radio host Hoppy Kercheval that she will "absolutely not" run for the seat in 2014, and took the opportunity to blast the state Democratic Party. She said the party has "no leadership and no vision."

“I want to make it perfectly clear that I am not running, nor have I ever had any intentions of running for the United States Senate,” Davis said.

The lone remaining big name who hasn't turned down the race is Secretary of State Natalie Tennant. For now, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) remains a heavy favorite to succeed retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D).

West Virginia is one of three open seats in red states where Democrats are still seeking a top recruit to try and hold one of their seats. The others are South Dakota and Montana, where former governor Brian Schweitzer (D) announced last weekend that he wouldn't run, to many Democrats' surprise.

Updated at 1:16 p.m.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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