COLUMBUS — U.S. Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio is leaving open the possibility of not running for re-election in 2010.
The 72-year-old Voinovich said in a statement Friday that he’s thinking about the challenging economic situation in Ohio, the direction of the country, and the best interests of his family.
He said he would let the people of Ohio know quickly if he decides not to seek a third term.
The Columbus Dispatch, citing sources, reported Friday that Voinovich had told his staff he might not run again.
Voinovich, a former two-term governor of Ohio, has previously insisted he would seek re-election.
Should Voinovich choose not to run, a possible Republican contender for the seat includes former U.S. Rep. Rob Portman. Possible Democratic candidates include Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher and Attorney General Richard Cordray.