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GOP’s Brad Cook won’t run for N.H. governor in 2014

Brad Cook won’t run for governor next year.

The Manchester attorney said in September he was considering a run for the Republican nomination in 2014 to face first-term Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan.

He announced this morning, though, that he’s out.

“I want to thank all those who encouraged me to run, who offered help and money, but the historic fact is that first-term governors almost always win a second term, and I would be doing a disservice to my family, friends and myself to engage in the kind of effort required only to make a point,” Cook said in a statement. “I would not run to lose.”

Cook had said he wouldn’t take “The Pledge” against an income or a sales tax, which would have likely made his path to the GOP nomination a rocky one.

No one has yet announced they’ll challenge Hassan next year, though a number of Republicans have said they’re considering a run, including state Rep. George Lambert.

(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 or or on Twitter @BenLeubsdorf.)

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