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2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney put an end to weeks of speculation on Friday, when he told supporters on a conference call that he would not run for president again in 2016.

“After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney said, according to a transcript of his remarks obtained by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.

Earlier in January, Romney shook up the early race for the GOP nomination when he told a group of donors that he was ” seriously considering” another run. But he has since decided to back away in favor of a younger candidate.

“I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee,” he said, in a possible shot at Republican rival Jeb Bush. “In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.”

This story has been updated.

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Pennsylvania and Nevada, two key 2020 battleground states, both certified President-elect Joe Biden's victory on Tuesday -- while President Donald Trump kept seeking to contest election results in court and insisted that he "will never concede."

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Bookvar, a Democrat, reported that she had certified the results after receiving certifications from all of Pennsylvania's 67 counties yesterday. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf tweeted that he had fulfilled the legal requirements and "signed the Certificate of Ascertainment for the slate of electors for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris." The final vote total showed Biden with a lead of 80,555 votes in the commonwealth.

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