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Kevin Cramer says he won't seek House race

BISMARCK (AP) -- Kevin Cramer says he won't seek the Republican endorsement to run for the U.S. House next year.

Cramer is now president of the state Public Service Commission. He ran unsuccessfully for Congress twice during the 1990s, and he's been considering whether to make another run against Democratic incumbent Earl Pomeroy.

Cramer says he'd have to stop his involvement in a number of charitable and ministry organizations to be able to make a run for the House.

He disclosed his intentions in a statement late Monday.

Cramer's term on the Public Service Commission is up next year. In an interview, Cramer said he is likely to seek another six-year term on the regulatory board.

Cramer says he won't accept a draft to run for Congress. In 1998, Republican convention delegates drafted Cramer to make his second race against Pomeroy. Cramer lost.