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klaridesHouse Minority Leader Themis Klarides, R-Derby, ended months of speculation about her political ambitions Wednesday, telling her caucus she would forgo a run for governor in 2018 and focus on trying to win a GOP majority in the House.

“As you know, this has been a tortuous decision,” said Klarides, who leads a caucus that has grown over four two-year election cycles from 37 to 72, just four shy of a majority. “We’ve made great strides.”