BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Senator John Kennedy said that he "agonized" over his decision not to run for Louisiana governor next year.
He said that he made his choice only hours before announcing it and received a personal entreaty from President Donald Trump to stay in the Senate.
Two days earlier, he shocked many in his own party by choosing to stay in Washington rather than trying to unseat Democratic incumbent John Bel Edwards in the 2019 election.
Kennedy said he made his decision Sunday: "I decided just to trust my gut." He enjoys working in the Senate and feels the choice was best for his family and the state.
Kennedy expects several strong GOP candidates to run against Edwards.