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UPDATE: More reaction to Vinehout not running for governor

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MADISON, Wisconsin (WKOW) -- State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout opted out of a possible run for governor Friday morning.

Vinehout, who broke her arm in a car crash last month, said in a statement, "the severity of the injury received in the car accident ... and the time required to recover and rehabilitate make it impossible for me to run the intense, grass roots campaign that I want to run."

Vinehout's decision now leaves former Trek Bicycle executive Mary Burke as the lone, Democratic candidate.

Burke also served as Commerce Secretary under Democratic Governor Jim Doyle.

In a statement released Friday afternoon, Burke said "Kathleen will continue to play a leading role in the ongoing conversation about the direction of our great state,"

"I am looking forward to working with her between now and November, and beyond," the statement said.

Barry Burden, a professor of political science at the UW-Madison said Vinehout's decision means all roads now point to Burke for Republican Governor Scott Walker.

"It certainly crystallizes what the general election will be," Burden said.

Burden said it remains to be seen whether the lack of a primary, should no more democratic candidates enter the race, would mean for Burke.

"Burke faces more challenges in raising money so a primary might drain her accounts," Burden said.

But he added a primary could also help Burke.

"It gives her preparation, organization, being in debates, talking to the media," he said, "doing all the things she hasn't done a lot of over the last few years."

Wisconsin GOP Executive Director Joe Fadness said he believes the Democratic establishment pushed Vinehout out of the race.

But he said the Governor's message remains the same regardless of his November opponent.

"We have a vision right now of whether the people of Wisconsin want to keep moving forward with Governor Walker, as they've done, or whether they want to go backwards," Fadness said.

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ALMA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout of Alma says she won't seek the Democratic nomination for governor.

In a statement issued Friday, Vinehout says the severity of the injury she received in a car accident last month makes it impossible to mount a grass roots campaign.

Vinehout says the broken bone in her upper right arm requires time for recovery and rehabilitation.

Vinehout had been exploring a possible run until the car accident.

That leaves former Trek Bicycle Corp. executive Mary Burke as the only likely Democrat to challenge Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November.

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Senator Vinehout Statement on Not Running for Governor This Year
ALMA --- "After careful consideration I have decided not to run for Governor this year."
"The severity of the injury received in the car accident last month -- a splintering of the bone in my upper right arm – and the time required to recover and rehabilitate make it impossible for me to run the intense, grass roots campaign that I want to run and would be necessary to win."
"I have many thanks to give to all the individuals across the state who have encouraged me to run and offered their support in countless ways. I will continue to work supporting the grassroots efforts of so many. The vision we share for our state and our communities will not fade."
"I wish success to Mary Burke and others who may offer their time and talents in leading our state."
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