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Ex-Congressman Stops Campaign for Senate in Conn.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010 08:22 AM

Former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons says he's no longer campaigning in the Connecticut U.S. Senate race, days after vowing to challenge former wrestling executive Linda McMahon in a Republican primary.

Simmons made the announcement Tuesday morning on WXLM-FM in New London, but he stopped short of definitively saying he was dropping out of the race. He said he was releasing all his staff and ceasing fundraising.

A Republican with knowledge of Simmons' plans tells The Associated Press that the one-time front-runner in the Senate race is expected to announce he's withdrawing.

Simmons narrowly lost the GOP nomination Friday to McMahon. Shortly afterward, he said he would challenge McMahon in the August primary, reversing an earlier promise not to wage a primary if he did not receive the GOP endorsement.

State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal captured the Democratic nomination despite recent criticism for misstating his military record.

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