Douglas confirmed she wouldn’t be entering the race on Monday evening.
Sen. Bryan King, R-Green Forest, currently holds the seat, and he’s not seeking reelection, citing party frustrations. He refused to endorse Ballinger, instead saying he’d back Douglas if she chose to run.
In 2017, Douglas also announced she wouldn’t seek reelection for her current seat in House District 75.
Senate District 5 stretches from the Missouri border down to Alma.