Former U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts announced Tuesday that he will not seek the Republican nomination for governor next year.
“I have determined that the timing for such an adventure is not right at this point in our lives, and that I will not enter the race for the Republican nomination for governor in 2006,” Watts said.
Considered a key Republican contender for the top office in state government, Watts said he made the decision after consultation with his family.
“It’s been extremely difficult trying to come to this conclusion, simply because I do think I could win,” Watts said. “I don’t think it would be easy, but if it was easy, everybody would be doing it.”
In an Oklahoma Poll in late June, Watts drew 33.9 percent to incumbent Democrat Brad Henry’s 48.5 percent with 17.6 percent undecided, in a mock gubernatorial race.
The Oklahoma Poll is cosponsored by the Tulsa World and KOTV, Channel 6. The survey, conducted of 750 registered voters statewide by Oklahoma City-based SoonerPoll.com, has a margin of error of 3.6 percent.