Florida Republican Rep. Allen West ended speculation that he would challenge Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in a statement released Monday.

West was discussed as a possible Senate candidate in part because he may face difficult re-election prospects in his South Florida district.

The freshman congressman said that despite lobbying efforts, “I believe the place where I can best effect the needed change is from the People’s House – the House of Representatives.”

“I will not seek the Republican nomination for the United States Senate in 2012,” West declared. “With regard to my future, the only goal I have is to do my very best to represent the constituents of the Congressional District and to restore the exceptionalism of our nation.”

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