Not Another Abraham in Senate Race

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Jane Abraham has decided not to run for the U.S. Senate, avoiding a possible showdown with the woman who defeated her husband for the seat five years ago.

Abraham had talked to party officials and traveled to Michigan to meet with party activists in past months. But she told The Associated Press on Wednesday that family considerations made her decide to stay out of the race.

"It is not the right time from a family standpoint for me to do this," said Abraham, the mother of 12-year-old twin girls and an eight-year-old son.

Abraham is married to Spencer Abraham, who served as President Bush's energy secretary during Bush's first term. The former Michigan Republican Party chairman served one term in the Senate from 1995-2000 before losing to Democrat Debbie Stabenow 48 percent to 49 percent in what proved to be the state's most expensive U.S. Senate race.

Jane Abraham said she decided that, while running for the Senate was viable from a political perspective, it was not from a personal one. The Abrahams live in McLean, Va., but would have moved back to Michigan had she decided to run.

The Republican field already includes three Senate candidates: the Rev. Keith Butler, bishop of the Word of Faith International Christian Center Church in Southfield; the Rev. Jerry Zandstra of Cutlerville; and Troy industrial engineer Bart Baron.