Watts will not run for governor
The ex-lawmaker says it is not the right time for him to seek the GOP nomination in 2006.
Former U.S.� Rep. J.C. Watts announced Tuesday� that he will not seek the Republican� nomination for governor next year.
"I have determined that the timing� for such an adventure is not right at� this point in our lives, and that I will� not enter the race for the Republican� nomination for governor in 2006,"� Watts said.
Considered a key Republican contender for the top office in state government, Watts said he made the decision after consultation with his� family.
"It's been extremely difficult trying to come to this conclusion, simply because I do think I could win," Watts said. "I don't think it would be easy, but if it was easy, everybody would be doing it."
In an Oklahoma Poll in late June,� Watts drew 33.9 percent to incumbent� Democrat Brad Henry's 48.5 percent� with 17.6 percent undecided, in a� mock gubernatorial race.
The Oklahoma Poll is cosponsored� by the Tulsa World and KOTV, Channel 6. The survey, conducted of 750� registered voters statewide by Oklahoma City-based SoonerPoll.com, has a margin� of error of 3.6 percent.