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This tweet just came in from Idaho Statesman editor Vickie Gowler:

This opens the door even wider for a certain, exceptional Democratic candidate.
Here's the report from KTVB:

REPORT from KBOITV:

Luna made the surprise announcement Monday at the Statehouse.

"You will not see my name on any ballot in Idaho this year," Luna told reporters.

The top schools chief said things became too political and it was best to step aside. He still has 11 months left on the job.

REPORT from Boise State Public Radio:
Luna says he's talked with former Republican state Sen. Melinda Smyser, wife of a prominent Capitol lobbyist, about running if he doesn't.

But he said he's not yet ready to endorse anybody.

Republicans already in the race are Grangeville teacher John Eynon and American Falls principal Randy Jensen.

The lone Democratic candidate so far is Jana Jones, beaten by Luna in 2006.

And for a good laugh, check out this early a.m. tweet from conservative "Watchdog"  Dustin Hurst:

10:57 AM PT: "State schools chief Luna won't run for re-election" from the Idaho Statesman

Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/...

Originally posted to The Book Bear on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 10:16 AM PST.

Also republished by Education Alternatives.

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