Former Republican Congressman Jim Ramstad won't run for governor, according to an email from his congressional spokesman.
Ramstad was believed to be a top runner for the GOP ticket if he chose to run.
Former U.S. Representative Jim Ramstad today said he will not seek the position of Governor in 2010.
"I am humbled by the tremendous outpouring of support from people across party lines, but I have decided not to become a candidate," said Ramstad.
"Although I plan to continue my public service, it won't be as Governor," said Ramstad.
"I hope whoever is elected Governor will bring people together and work in a bipartisan way to address the serious problems facing our state," said Ramstad.