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Herrmann Quits Congressional Race

First Selectman Thomas Herrmann withdrew from his race for the 4th District Republican nomination for  Congress on Wednesday. While the campaign reportedly had collected more than the 1,988 required signatures, some of the signatures may not be valid.

“Despite the hard work of dedicated volunteers and other staff throughout the district, it appears that we will not be able to satisfy the procedural requirements to be on the Republican primary ballot,” said Herrmann in a press release. “Although we collected well over the 1,988 signatures …, we do not believe enough will be validated to meet the threshold."

Herrmann said he would not make a challenge because it would not benefit the Republican party or the district. In his statement, he also thanked all those who  supported him along the way.

“I am deeply grateful for the outpouring of support I’ve received from volunteers, donors, and voters.  Although I am disappointed to have to discontinue the campaign, I am gratified by the public’s positive response to our message of fiscal responsibility and small government.  I look forward to continuing this work in other ways.  I remain committed to seeing Jim Himes defeated this fall and bringing a new direction to Washington.” Dan Debicella, Rob Merkle and Rick Torres are also campaigning for the Republican nomination. The winner of the August 10 Republican primary will go up against Democrat Himes.

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