Wednesday, September 24, 2008

House Candidate Robinson Ends Campaign

House Candidate Robinson Ends Campaign

Iowa House candidate Mike Robinson announced he was ending his campaign Wednesday night, telling the Linn County Democrats in a prepared statement that he was exiting the race for personal reasons. He is expected to make a formal announcement today.

Robinson, who chaired the Linn County Democrats until stepping down for the race, was challenging incumbent Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, in House District 35 in northern Linn County.

Robinson's name will remain on the ballot. The deadline for withdrawal was weeks ago, and ballots are already printed. In person early voting begins tomorrow.

Robinson is the second Democratic House candidate to quit a race yet stay on the ballot. House District 79 candidate Rebecca Spears announced she was dropping out shortly after filing, yet never filed the proper paperwork.

Iowa Independent's Lynda Waddington contributed to this story.

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