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Jerry Brown Says He Won't Run For President In 2016

Gov. Jerry Brown responds to a question concerning his proposed 2014-15 state budget he unveiled at a news conference at the
Gov. Jerry Brown responds to a question concerning his proposed 2014-15 state budget he unveiled at a news conference at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday Jan. 9, 2014. A robust economic recovery and surging revenue propelled by voter-approved tax increases has sent California's general fund spending to a record high, marking a dramatic turn-around for the state. With the an increase in tax receipts, Brown is proposing a spending plan that includes a 8.5 percent increase in general fund spending coupled with a dedication to pay down the state's debt by more than $11 billion.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California Governor Jerry Brown says he will not seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.

Speaking at a Tuesday news conference in Riverside, Calif., Brown scuttled speculation about his presidential prospects when a reporter asked if he planned to throw his hat in the ring for a fourth time.

"No, that's not in the cards. Unfortunately," Brown said, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Actually, California is a lot more governable."

Supporters of Brown -- who ran for the Democratic nomination in 1976, 1980 and 1992 -- had hoped the popular governor would enter the 2016 race. Brown stoked speculation by not explicitly ruling out the possibility, although in May the 75-year-old noted that "time is kind of running out on that."

Brown, who last week proposed a record $106.8 billion budget for the Golden State, has yet to decide whether he will run for a fourth term in the statehouse this year, although he is widely expected to do so.

Polls show Brown coasting to victory in a potential reelection bid. As of early January, Brown had raised close to $17 million for a reelection campaign.

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