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Ben Higgins, 'The Bachelor' Star, Won't Be Running for Office

In a statement, Higgins says that "due to unforeseen circumstances, I will not be able to move forward as a candidate."

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    In this March 15, 2016, file photo, Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell pose for a photo in New York. Higgins proposed marriage to Bushnell in the season finale of ABC's "The Bachelor." On July 21, 2016, Higgins announced he will run as a Republican candidate in a Denver state House district that is overwhelmingly Democratic.

    Ben Higgins, the most recent star of ABC's "The Bachelor," isn't running after all for public office in Colorado. 

    Higgins announced Friday he is abandoning his run as a Republican for a Denver state House district. 

    He had filed paperwork only Wednesday formally declaring his candidacy. 

    In a statement from Disney-ABC Television Group, Higgins says that "due to unforeseen circumstances, I will not be able to move forward as a candidate." 

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    Campaign spokesman Roger Hudson says he cannot elaborate. Disney didn't immediately return messages seeking comment. 

    Higgins appeared last year on "The Bachelorette." This year, he was star of "The Bachelor" and now lives in northwest Denver with his fiancée. The two have a new show airing this fall, "Ben and Lauren: Happily Ever After."