Lincoln Chafee announced Tuesday he will not run for his former US Senate seat in Rhode Island, which would have created one of the most high-profile Democratic primaries in the country.
Just a few weeks ago Chafee said there was a “90 percent” chance that he would challenge two-term Democratic incumbent Sheldon Whitehouse. But since then, sympathetic statements Chafee has made toward Russia has spurred negative local press, and an internal Whitehouse poll that showed Chafee losing a primary by 58 points.
“Two of my favorite sayings are, ‘Fortune favors the bold’ and ‘Discretion is the better part of valor.’ The latter is true as to my plans. I will not be seeking elective office in 2018,” said Chafee in a statement.
Whitehouse defeated Chafee in 2006 for the Senate seat. Back then, Chafee was a Republican.James Pindell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org