Democratic Gov. Doyle of Wis. not running again

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle said Monday he won’t seek a third term in 2010 because he believes governors should limit themselves to two terms in office.

The decision will make Wisconsin one of the more difficult states for Democrats to keep hold of in next year’s election. Currently, there are 28 Democratic governors and 22 Republicans.

Doyle said he announced his decision now so other candidates have time to build campaigns.

The governor has frequently been rumored as a possible contender for an appointment in President Barack Obama’s administration. But he said Monday that he intended to serve out his full term.

Doyle was an early and vocal Obama supporter, helping him campaign across Wisconsin and eventually win the state handily.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.