Former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford Jr. has dropped his potential bid to challenge Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in a Democratic primary.
The Associated Press is reporting that Ford isn't running because "it might help a Republican win."
AP reports indicate that Republican may be real estate tycoon and newspaper publisher Mortimer Zuckerman. Here's the rest of the AP brief:
"The real estate tycoon and newspaper publisher is considering a U.S. Senate run on the GOP line.
Two people familiar with the conversation say he has even discussed the idea with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, another wealthy businessman-turned-politician. The people spoke on condition on anonymity because the conversation was private.
Zuckerman says he hasn't decided anything.
He is the publisher of the Daily News and editor of U.S. News & World Report. Forbes magazine estimates his fortune at $1.5 billion."