North Carolina State Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger announced late yesterday that he will not be running for the U.S. Senate seat currently filled by Kay Hagan.
One more prominent Republican is taking a pass on North Carolina’s much-watched U.S. Senate race in 2014, but the field of challengers remains far from settled.
State Senate leader Phil Berger announced Monday he will not make a bid to challenge Democrat Kay Hagan, ending weeks of speculation about his political intentions that threatened to scramble the state’s political balance.
“In the final analysis, the decision I made was, now is just not the right time,” the Eden Republican said in an interview. “I feel like we’ve initiated a number of things at the state level that I want to see further along before I move on to something else.”