Report: Sec. of State Mike Pompeo not running for Senate

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Published: Dec. 29, 2019 at 9:16 PM CST
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that he will not run this year for an open Senate seat from Kansas. That's according to two people close to McConnell who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe a private conversation they say the two men had Monday afternoon.

Pompeo's decision comes as the U.S. braces for possible retaliation by Iran after a U.S. airstrike killed Qassem Soleimani, Iran's most powerful general and leader of that country's elite Quds Force. Republicans worry that without Pompeo as their candidate, they might lose what should be a certain GOP Senate seat.

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Dec.29, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is reportedly not running for Senate in Kansas, according to

On Sunday, O’Brien told Jonathan Karl on ABC’s “This Week” that Pompeo told him that he plans to stay on as the secretary of State.

"Mike Pompeo is a fantastic secretary of state. I spoke with him about this two nights ago. He said he's not running for Senate. He said he's staying as secretary of state," said O'Brien.

Speculation has mounted that Pompeo may be preparing to leave his post for a run for senate. That was after the creation of new social media accounts casting the hard-nosed diplomat in a softer light.