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KBH announces she's staying in Senate

From NBC's Mark Murray
As expected, Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) today announced that she would complete her Senate term, which expires in 2012, despite earlier promises that she would resign her seat.

Hutchison gave this reason why she was staying: Barack Obama.

"For family reasons, I had planned to begin making a transition home to Texas this spring," Hutchison said, according to a statement. "But it is clear to me that the stakes in our nation's capitol have never been higher. President Obama's victory on health care legislation has emboldened those who want an even bigger and more intrusive federal government."

More: "On a personal level, this has been a most difficult decision, but after much deliberation, I have decided to complete my term. I will work alongside our great Texas congressional delegation to repeal and replace President Obama's massive health bill, to stop cap and trade legislation and to cut the deficit the President is building that is putting our economy in peril."