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Ivey drops out of Md. congressional race

Former Prince George's County prosecutor Glenn F. Ivey said Wednesday he is dropping out the Democratic primary race for a House seat representing the 4th Congressional District.

Mr. Ivey said he was having trouble raise enough money in tough economy and "compressed election time-frame," to proceed in his effort to unseat first-term Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards.

"With the April 3 primary fast approaching and the ever increasing costs of congressional campaigns sky-rocketing, it would take a very substantial amount of money to get my message out to voters in two very expensive media markets," Mr. Ivey said.

He announced his bid in October and had considered challenging Ms. Edwards two years ago. The district was recently redrawn in include parts of Anne Arundel County and remove parts of Montgomery County.

"It's disappointing but I understand the rules," Mr. Ivey said. He would not rule out a future run but for now will focus full time on his private legal practice. Mr. Ivey estimated that TV ads alone would have cost $300,000 to $400,000.

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