After months of dodging the talk, U.S. Sen. David Vitter says he's weighing whether he'll run to be Louisiana's next governor, with plans to decide by January.
Vitter has sent an email to supporters Wednesday, announcing that he and his wife are considering the race for the 2015 election.
In his email, Vitter wrote, "Many good friends and supporters have encouraged me to run for Governor in 2015–to bring my focus and leadership to the challenges we face as a state."
"We certainly haven’t made our decision yet, so we’ll be reflecting and praying on it very carefully through the Christmas holidays. As we do, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. And of course, please offer any insights you have."
"These are important and, unfortunately, perilous times. We must all redouble our efforts to preserve our freedoms and use them to build a brighter future for our kids and grandkids."
Vitter expects to have a decision after the holidays.
Other possible GOP contenders, including Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and Treasurer John Kennedy have been waiting for Vitter's decision to determine if they'll run.