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Flee! Flee Before the Power of Mighty Jim DeMint!


A Democrat has dropped his bid to unseat South Carolina senator Jim DeMint — a.k.a. “Wellington.”

Chad McGowan released the following statement today after announcing that he would be withdrawing his name from consideration for the Democratic nomination for US Senate:

“I’ve come to the conclusion that now is the wrong time for me to mount a successful campaign for the United States Senate. The demands of a young family place a premium on every minute. There is nothing more important to me than my wife and three small children. In order to fulfill my duties as a husband and a father, I’ll be leaving the race for United States Senate effective immediately. A few years from now, the kids will be older and in a phase of life that can tolerate the demands of a successful run. In the meantime, I’d like to thank my supporters for standing tall with me thus far, but ask that they understand that my kids comes first and they need me at home. I am still very much committed to the cause of fixing our broken political system, and will be fighting from the sidelines to defeat Jim DeMint and others who think South Carolina’s best days are behind us.”

In what may be a political first, McGowan will be offering full refunds to every contributor to his campaign. In just a few short months, McGowan had raised almost $250,000.

Tags: Barack Obama , Bill Richardson , Chris Dodd , Hillary Clinton , Horserace , Joe Biden , John Edwards , John McCain , Mitt Romney , Rudy Giuliani , Sarah Palin , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson


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