Massachusetts state Rep. Thomas Conroy (D) dropped his bid for the Senate today, leaving presumptive nominee Elizabeth Warren an almost perfectly clear path to the Democratic nod to take on Sen. Scott Brown (R) in 2012.
Conroy, who gained local fame by walking more than 650 miles across the Bay State as part of his campaign, said he would run for re-election to his state House seat instead.
“[A]fter much reflection, it is clear that, while support for my candidacy has been generous, we could not run the kind of campaign we needed to run throughout next year,” he said in a statement on his website. “With deep gratitude and a still strong commitment to a winning path forward for all, I am withdrawing from the race for U.S. Senate.”
The Boston Globe reported that Conroy endorsed Warren in a news conference.
Warren, a Harvard Law School professor, now faces three non-credible candidates and may avoid a primary all together. If her opponents don’t meet a 15 percent threshold of support at the state Democratic convention next year, she won’t face anyone on the ballot in the Sept. 6 primary.
John Walsh, the chairman of the state Democratic Party, called Conroy “hard-working and substantive, a rising talent to watch,” in a tweet. “Classy withdrawal,” Walsh wrote on Twitter.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
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