Vinehout decides not to run for governor, leaving Burke the only announced Democrat

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke

State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout says she won't seek the Democratic nomination for governor.

In a statement issued this morning, Vinehout said an injury from a car accident last month would prevent her from undertaking a vigorous grassroots campaign.

Vinehout broke a bone in her upper right arm — an injury that requires time for recovery and rehabilitation.

Vinehout, of Alma, had been exploring a possible run until the car accident. Her decision leaves former Trek Bicycle Corp. executive Mary Burke as the only likely Democrat to challenge Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November.

“Although she has made the decision not to pursue a run for governor at this time, Kathleen Vinehout remains a vital force in this Party and this movement,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin chair Mike Tate. “Senator Vinehout's travels around the state have helped to build the Party, engage the grassroots, and guide the conversation about how we can restore Wisconsin's proud progressive legacy and return our government to the people. Her advocacy for important issues added much to the debate we will have in our state this year and the energy and excitement she brought will contribute to the election of a Democratic Governor in November.”

Democratic Party officials have been widely perceived as backing Burke, although the party has remained neutral officially.