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House Democrat Accused of Sexual Harassment Not Running for Re-election

Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D., Nev.) / Getty

Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D., Nev.) will not run for re-election after mulling reversing his earlier decision to not seek office again after multiple allegations of sexual harassment.

According to BuzzFeed News, Kihuen waited until the last second to decide not to run. As late as Thursday, he told the Nevada Independent he had not made a final decision:

Kihuen lost support of Democratic leadership and many of his House colleagues after BuzzFeed News reported the first allegations from a woman, Samantha, who worked on his campaign during the primary and said he repeatedly harassed and made sexual advances toward her.

Another woman, a female lobbyist, also told the Nevada Independent that Kihuen touched her without consent multiple times and showed the paper hundreds of suggestive messages from Kihuen.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and DCCC Chair Ben Ray Lujan immediately called on him to resign after the first allegations came out.

Pelosi dodged on the question about whether Kihuen should still step down during a briefing earlier this month, however, saying she didn't want to speculate about something that might not happen.