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Doyle admits having second thoughts about not running

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Gov. Jim Doyle admits having second thoughts about his decision not to run for re-election.

But he told reporters Wednesday he'll stick to it, and will use the $2 million in his campaign fund to support other candidates and causes.

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The Democrat Doyle said two months ago that he won't seek a third term next fall.

Since then, Congressman Ron Kind shied away from the race and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett remains undecided.

Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton remains the only declared Democratic hopeful.

And after Doyle disagreed with Lawton over tax credits for movie producers, there's been speculation that Doyle is either shopping around to find other Democratic candidates or is thinking about getting back in the race himself.

Conservative Milwaukee talk show host Charlie Sykes has said Doyle might "pull a Brett Favre" and un-retire.

But Wednesday, Doyle said Lawton has worked hard on the arts and other projects in her seven years as lieutenant governor.

Lawton has been touting endorsements from some key lawmakers and former State Democratic Party Chairman Matt Flynn.

And her spokesman Will Hackman said Lawton has been effective on issues from renewable energy and green jobs to equal pay for women.

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