Congressman McKinley opts against running for W.Va. governor

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Republican Congressman David McKinley won’t run for governor in West Virginia in 2016.

In a call with reporters Monday, the 1st Congressional District representative said he will run for re-election.

McKinley’s decision followed Republican state Senate President Bill Cole saying Monday he would make an announcement about the governor’s race Tuesday.

Cole’s campaign site already says he’s running for governor. He has announcement events Tuesday in Bluefield and Charleston.

Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has also expressed interest in running.

On the Democratic side, billionaire businessman Jim Justice has kicked off a campaign. State Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler has also filed pre-candidacy papers to run for governor.

Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin cannot run again after serving the limit of two consecutive terms.

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