Attorney Nick Preservati (D) has decided not to run for Senate in West Virginia, according to two people with knowledge of his decision.
Preservati emerged as an early favorite thanks to his wealth and ties to the state's all-important coal industry and appeared close to running. But that potential political campaign threatens to disrupt his and his wife's efforts to adopt a child from abroad, and has proved to be a deal-breaker, the two people with knowledge of his decision said.
The news was first reported by Hoppy Kercheval on MetroNews.
In a brief phone interview with Post Politics, Preservati declined to confirm or deny that he has made his decision.
"At this point, we’re finalizing our due diligence," he said. "I can’t comment at this point."
Preservati's exit means Democrats are still without an opponent against Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R). A succession of other Democrats have passed on the race, and Capito is considered the favorite to succeed retiring Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D).
National Democrats are still talking to the West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, who remains perhaps the one big-name West Virginia Democrat who hasn't said 'no' to the race.