The Democratic candidate challenging Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene, a controversial figure who has promoted the QAnon conspiracy theory, for a Georgia House seat abruptly ended his campaign on Friday, announcing that he is leaving the state.
In a statement, Kevin Van Ausdal attributed his decision to withdraw from the race to “family and personal reasons,” but did not elaborate on what had prompted him to end his campaign.
“I am heartbroken to announce that for family and personal reasons, I cannot continue this race for Congress,” Van Ausdal said. “After lengthy discussions with my team, attorneys, party officials, and others, the answer was clear, stepping aside would be best for voters.
“The next steps in my life are taking me away from Georgia, so I will be disqualified from serving in Congress and will give the Party a chance to put forward a candidate that can carry this fight to the end.”
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