Foxx won't enter US Senate race

Posted August 20, 2013
Updated August 21, 2013

5th District Congresswoman Virginia Foxx

— Fifth District Congresswoman Virginia Foxx says she will not run in next year's Republican U.S. Senate primary. 

"I already have the best job in North Carolina," Foxx said in a statement Tuesday. "Representing the people of North Carolina's 5th Congressional District while working to encourage job growth, repeal 'Obamacare' and return decision-making power in education back to our state is where my heart and focus lie."

The five-term Republican has been mentioned as a potential challenger to incumbent U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, a Greensboro Democrat.

Foxx has polled relatively well in some surveys, but running would mean giving up a relatively safe congressional seat to challenge a well-funded incumbent. 

So far, state House Speaker Thom Tillis is the only known political quantity that has declared he will challenge Hagan.

Sen. Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, the top leader in the state Senate, is also weighing a run but has not made a public pronouncement on his future yet.

Dr. Greg Brannon, a Cary gynecologist with political roots in the tea party movement, has said he will run in the Republican primary.

The Rev. Mark Harris, pastor of Charlotte's First Baptist Church, is also considering a run.

Hagan was first elected in 2008, winning the general election versus then-incumbent Republican Elizabeth Dole.


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  • bowens44 Aug 21, 2013

    One less nut job to worry about. She is one of the very worst.

  • free2bme Aug 21, 2013

    She will never have my vote. she has failed upholding her job currently. She made a statement that sounds good but has not done anything really. If she is smart, she better play it safe and stay where she is. The only people that will elect her into office is her current red district. she would never win a state wide election because of the damage the NC republican legislature has done. They have handed the election essentially to the Democrats.

  • Huey Aug 20, 2013

    My goodness! Seems like no way could she get elected around here. But for sure the folks in her district like her and re-elect her every time. I know she is a character but I like her. She represents the folks back home.

  • Big Mike Aug 20, 2013

    Think the problem is so many elected officials are too old and just don't understand the way things are really happening for the working man and their families. Need some new young ideas.

  • davidgnews Aug 20, 2013

    No one is more embarrassing than Bev and Barry, although Biden and Hillary are right up there with the inane no nothings that the Dems keep electing. whatelseisnew

    No doubt, but it's easier to take a pot shot at those dems instead of defend Foxx or another GOP candidate. Funny how that works, since the GOP is trying to reduce their 'electability quotient.' You sure didn't do much to help them.

  • forddp Aug 20, 2013

    A real loss for the late night comics.

  • davidgnews Aug 20, 2013

    Too bad. The GOP needs more like her to run for anything, crazy and all.

  • bill15 Aug 20, 2013

    Tillis has already used his seat in the legislature to squeeze folks for some money. Ethical guy, that one is. Wait til he meets Tea Party Lady Doctor Greg. Things will get ugly.

  • jackjones2nc Aug 20, 2013

    Thom "ALEC" Tillis is badly stained by this past GA session. Since Brannon is "TeaParty", he may grab a radicalized GOP primary. Foxx is just crazy, so that's a tough call.

  • CommonSenseForNC Aug 20, 2013

    Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) has done it again. Earlier this month she dropped the racially charged term "tar baby" on the House floor. Today, she said the murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard in 1998 was not a hate crime.

    "It's really a hoax that that continues to be used as an excuse for passing [hate crimes] bills," Foxx said on the House floor durin