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In surprise announcement, Sherrod Brown says he won't run in 2020

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By Jane C. Timm  with NBC News Politics
Image: Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks at a campaign rally in Cleveland
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks at a campaign rally in Cleveland on June 13, 2016.   -   Copyright  Angelo Merendino Getty Images file

Sen. Sherrod Brown announced Thursday he will not run for president.

The surprise announcement comes after a two-month tour through early voting states, which many believed was the building blocks of a presidential campaign.

"I will keep calling out Donald Trump and his phony populism. I will keep fighting for all workers across the country. And I will do everything I can to elect a Democratic President and a Democratic Senate in 2020. The best place for me to make that fight is in the United States Senate," Brown said in a statement.