Local U.S. Senate candidate ends campaign

May 18, 2010

By Staff

Preston Republican Chris Widener dropped out of the race for U.S. Senate on April 23.

The author and motivational speaker urged Republicans to unite behind candidates in the crowded field for the GOP nomination. The nominee will face the incumbent Democrat, Patty Murray, in November.

“I am very confident that one or two of the candidates not only have the right ideas, but also the resources necessary to defeat Sen. Murray in November,” Widener wrote in a message posted on Facebook. “It is time to focus more of our precious financial resources on fewer candidates, so they can begin to reach out to more voters.”

Widener also thanked campaign supporters and early backers, including state Reps. Glenn Anderson and Jay Rodne, and King County Council members Kathy Lambert and Reagan Dunn.

Widener said he expects to be involved in the contest against Murray, despite his decision to exit the race.

“Moving forward, while I will no longer be a candidate, I will continue doing everything I can as an individual to finish what I started: defeating Patty Murray in November,” he wrote. “I will continue to work as hard as I have in the past to see Republicans elected to office.”

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