From NBC's Mark Murray
As expected, Illinois Sen. Roland Burris
announced today that he would not run for election next year.
"Make no mistake, I love serving in the United States Senate," he said in Chicago. "Make no mistake, I love serving the people of Illinois."
But citing the enormous amount of money he would need to raise to hold on to the seat, Burris said he'd rather spend his time helping the people of Illinois.
"I believe that the business of the state should come first... I will not be a candidate in the 2010 election, and that I will not run for the United States Senate seat."
What Burris did not mention: that he would have a very hard time winning a Democratic primary or general election -- no matter how much money he has.