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Did Sandra Fluke make a deal with California Democrats to run for state Senate instead of Congress?

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Liberal darling and birth control activist (oh, and attorney now as well) Sandra Fluke will not be running for retiring Rep. Henry Waxman's congressional seat and will instead run for a seat in the California state Senate.

Fluke made her first announcement Tuesday night, and followed up Wednesday morning with a post on her Facebook page.

“It is official! Thanks so much to everyone who encouraged me to #runsandrarun, your support means the world to me. Today I have announced that I am running for California state Senate,” Fluke said. “I hope you will continue to stand with me and fight!”

Fluke, who became famous when she testified on Capitol Hill as a 30-year-old law student who couldn’t afford birth control, will now run for the seat currently held by Democrat Ted Lieu, who has decided to run for Waxman’s Los Angeles-area congressional seat.

Fluke’s absence from the race should make it easier for Lieu, who now only has one other opponent, former city controller Wendy Greuel.

Fluke's decision to run for state Senate instead of Congress came less than 24 hours after the liberal activist filed papers seeking the endorsement of the California Democratic Party.

The California Democratic Party would not say whether it would endorse Lieu for Congress (the organization had previously endorsed Lieu for state Senate) or Fluke for state Senate.

Lieu’s office had not responded for comment at the time of posting.

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