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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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Kanavas won't run for U.S. Senate

State Sen. Ted Kanavas says he will not run for the U.S. Senate because he doesn't believe he can raise $5 million over the next six months.

The Brookfield Republican said he believed he needed to raise that much money to boost his name ID and give him a chance in the GOP primary and a general election fight against U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold. But after giving it some thought, he realized he couldn't raise the needed cash and doesn't have the ability to self fund.

"You don't get into a gun fight without bullets," Kanavas said.

Kanavas, who has represented his Waukesha County area Senate seat since a 2001 special election, said this was not the end of his political career and that chances are "very high" that he'll run again after a two or four-year break. He said he'll take a look at any statewide race that comes up.

"People were extremely excited to see me get in a race like that, and I was really humbled by the support," Kanavas said of the reception he received while considering a Senate bid.


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