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Governor Mike Foster has put an end to the speculation that he might run incumbent Mary Landrieu for U.S. Senate. At a 1 p.m. news conference Foster said he is not going to run for the U.S. Senate seat.

Although Foster says he had a lot of encouragement from many friends, including President Bush who told Foster he would support him all the way. But he says after talking with his staff who expressed their loyalty to him and close family and friends, he decided the best thing he could do is stay put rather than try to go to Washington.

"I have a duty to the state. I have a duty to staff and friends. It's my duty to stay here and do what I was elected to do," said Foster.

Foster also announced he is supporting Republican and long time friend John Cooksey in the race for U.S. Senate. Foster describes Cooksey as his kind of guy whose beliefs and political ideologies reflect his own. Cooksey says he is thrilled to have Foster's support.