State Sen. Michael Watson announced today that he will seek reelection to the SD 51 seat he’s held since 2007.

An intra party challenger emerged in recent days, but rumor is Alisha McElhenney will drop out of the Republican primary, leaving Watson unopposed from the GOP side. He will face a Libertarian candidate in the general election at this point. Others could still qualify tomorrow but that is highly unlikely.

McElhenney’s entry in the race is said to have been for purely political reasons since she and Watson are friends. With the uncertainty and speculation surrounding Watson’s 2015 plans McElhenney qualified in case the two term state senator decided to seek a higher office, sources tell YP.