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No Senate Bid for Connecticut’s Joe Courtney

The Democratic field for Senate in Connecticut is looking a bit clearer:

Congressman Joe Courtney said Monday he would not run for U.S. Senate in 2012. “I have decided to focus on my work as a congressman and will decline to enter the race for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate,” Courtney, a Democrat, said in a written statement. So far, U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy and former Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz, both Democrats, have announced they will run for the seat now held by Joseph Lieberman, who is not seeking re-election. On the Republican side, former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon and Tom Foley, a former U.S. ambassador to Ireland, also are pondering the race. McMahon lost to Richard Blumenthal in a contest for U.S. Senate last fall. Foley lost to Dannel P. Malloy in the race for governor.

Courtney won his seat pretty handily last time, 60 percent to 39 percent.

Murphy will be able to continue his bid for Senate; for a while, he appeared to be facing the serious health issue of Bieberfever.

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