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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -

Former U.S. Sen. Carte Goodwin won't run in 2014 when former colleague and senior Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., retires.

Goodwin told The Associated Press that he's ruled out seeking either that seat or the West Virginia congressional seat of Rep. Shelley Moore Capito. The 2nd District Republican earlier announced plans to run for U.S. Senate in 2014.

Goodwin's decision removes him of someone many considered to be a leading contender in the Democratic quest to recruit candidates for these two races.

Goodwin said working in Washington, D.C., and seeing his wife and their two young children only on weekends doesn't appeal to him at this time.

Goodwin, 38, served in the Senate in 2010 following the death of Sen. Robert C. Byrd and before former Gov. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., won that seat. 

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