Sen. Jeff Merkley opts out of Democratic presidential contest and will run for reelection to Oregon seat

Washington Post reports that Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) has decided not to run for president in 2020 and will, instead, run for reelection to his U.S. Senate seat.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) has decided not to run for president, declining to join a crowded race that includes a half-dozen of his Senate colleagues.

Merkley announced his decision to supporters Tuesday morning. Instead of vying for the White House, he will seek a third term in the Senate in 2020.

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