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Abramson announces he won't run for governor

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - One of the state's top Democrats has taken himself out of contention for governor, announcing two years early that he won't run.

Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson made the announcement on Tuesday, just days after his wife, Madeline, told reporters that she's recovering from breast cancer.

The Louisville Democrat was considered one of the strongest contenders to replace term-limited Gov. Steve Beshear in 2015. A crowded field of potential Democratic candidates remains, including Attorney General Jack Conway, Auditor Adam Edelen, former Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo and former Auditor Crit Luallen.

On the Republican side, U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie announced last month he won't run for governor in 2015. Several other potential GOP candidates remain, including Louisville businessman Phil Moffett, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and Stanford banker Jess Correll.

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