LINCOLN, Neb. (Legal Newsline) -- Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said last week he will not run for governor in 2014.

According to the Omaha World-Herald, Bruning instead has made the decision to run for re-election. His campaign sent an email to supporters Thursday.

The attorney general has scheduled a reception for next month to kick off his re-election bid, according to the email.

"Jon is excited to continue his work as attorney general," the email stated, according to the newspaper.

Bruning's official announcement comes months after saying chances of him running for governor, or a U.S. Senate seat, were "extremely unlikely."

He has said he loves being the state's top lawyer.

Bruning, a Republican, was a member of the state Legislature from 1996 until resigning in 2002, when he was elected as attorney general.

In 2010, he announced he was exploring a 2012 run for U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson's seat. Nelson, a Democrat, announced he would not seek a third term in 2012.

In January 2011, Bruning officially entered the race. He was later endorsed by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

He eventually lost the GOP primary to state Sen. Deb Fischer, who went on to defeat Democrat Bob Kerrey to win Nelson's seat.

Also Thursday, the World-Herald reported that Omaha attorney Evangelos "Van" Argyrakis has announced his bid for attorney general. He is running on the GOP ticket.

Argyrakis ran for the attorney general job in 2010.

Nebraska's primary is set for May 13, 2014. The general election is Nov. 4, 2014.

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