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Congressman Paul Ryan Declines Senate Run

ABC News(MILWAUKEE) -- Congressman Paul Ryan has more important things to worry about than running for the U.S. Senate.

The Wisconsin Republican said Tuesday that he would not run for the open seat that was made available by Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl recently announcing that he would not seek reelection in 2012.

Ryan told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "it would make no sense to leave where I am right now because I have such a bigger impact" in the House.

Ryan was referring to his goal of massive deficit reduction and overhauling entitlements.  His bill to cut $5.8 trillion from the federal budget over the next decade has passed the GOP-controlled House although it didn't get far in the Senate, where Democrats currently rule.

His decision not to run leaves the door open for former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson to seek the GOP nomination.  Former Sen. Russ Feingold has been mentioned as a favorite on the Democratic side.´╗┐

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Paul Ryan to Decide on Running for Open Wisconsin Senate Seat

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The Democrats' loss in Wisconsin could be Congressman Payl Ryan's gain.

Senator Herb Kohl announced late last week that he was stepping down at the end of his fourth term, which concludes in December 2012.

With yet another Democrat leaving Capitol Hill, the GOP is poised to take advantage of an open race in Wisconsin that could help ensure their chances of winning back the Senate next year.  Democrat incumbents in Hawaii, New Mexico, North Dakota and Virginia have all announced they won't seek reelection.

Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, said he'll decide this week whether to seek the nomination for the Senate seat.

On one hand, Ryan is extremely popular within the Republican Party.  The House passed his measure that would cut $5.8 trillion from the federal budget over the next decade and include major overhauls of Medicaid and Medicare.

Yet, tempers are running high in Wisconsin over Republican Gov. Scott Walker's bill that guts unions' collective bargaining rights for state workers.  There are also fears about entitlements falling by the wayside if Ryan's budget plan is approved by a GOP president.

Another possible roadblock to Ryan's ambitions: former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold, who may decide to run for the Democratic nomination.  Feingold is as far to the left as Ryan is to the right, leaving those in Wisconsin's center the deciding factor in a potential 2012 match-up.

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Wisconsin's Kohl to Become Sixth Senate Democrat to Retire

Office of Senator Herb Kohl(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Herb Kohl, D-WI, will announce Friday that he is retiring, Democratic party officials tell ABC News.

Kohl will become the sixth Senate Democrat to decide not to run for re-election in 2012, a group that includes Kent Conrad of North Dakota, Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico, Daniel Akaka of Hawaii and Jim Webb of Virginia.

Republicans need a net gain of four seats to wrest control of the Senate from Democrats in 2012. But the GOP has one distinct advantage -- they only have to defend 10 Senate seats compared to 23 for Democrats.

Kohl’s decision to retire presents a huge opportunity for Republicans in Wisconsin, where voters unseated incumbent Democrat Sen. Russ Feingold last year. One name expected to be floated as a possible GOP contender for the Senate seat is Rep. Paul Ryan, but it remains to be seen if he would decide to leave his post as head of the House Budget Committee.

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