Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell he won’t run for an open Senate seat from Kansas this year.
That’s according to two people close to McConnell who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe a private conversation they say the two men had Monday.
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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