U.S. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is ending any consideration of joining a potentially crowded Democratic field running for president in 2020.
Casey's announcement comes a couple of months after he dropped hints that he was considering a run, fresh off easily winning a third term in the Senate.
However, he withdrew from consideration in a statement Friday.
"After two months of considering it, I have concluded that the best way for me to fight for the America that so many of us believe in is to stay in the U.S. Senate and not run for the presidency in 2020," Casey said.
The mild-mannered 58-year-old son of the late governor had said he was concerned about a Democratic nominee winning Pennsylvania. The state was crucial to President Donald Trump's capturing the White House.
But now Casey's saying he has "no doubt" that the Democratic Party will nominate a candidate who can win Pennsylvania and the presidency.
NBC10's Rudy Chinchilla contributed to this story.