Rep.-elect Patrick Kennedy (L) and Ted Kennedy, Jr. attend the 2012 Ripple Of Hope Gala at The New York Marriott Marquis on Dec. 3, 2012 in New York City. (Stephen Lovekin -- Getty Images)

Ted Kennedy, Jr. issued a statement Monday saying he will not enter a special election to replace Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.),  President Obama's nominee for Secretary of State.

Kennedy, the son of longtime Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D), lives in Connecticut but nonetheless had been among the names being floated as contenders for the seat. 

Kennedy said he was "extremely grateful for all the offers of support" of a potential run, and left the door open to running "at another point in my future," according to the  Associated Press

A Boston Globe report on Kennedy's decision cited a desire to remain in Connecticut with his family and a possible run in that state in the future.

Here's the Fix's list of potential candidates for the seat, should Kerry be confirmed.