- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - State Rep. John Shaban has dropped his bid for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Jim Himes and will instead focus on winning re-election to the legislature.

The Hearst Connecticut Media Group reports (https://bit.ly/1pcx32R ) that Shaban told supporters in an email that he had been monitoring his campaign finances, and “general traction” of his campaign.

Shaban endorsed Dan Debicella, who is seeking a rematch against Himes. Shaban says his and Debicella’s styles may differ, but the substance of their beliefs does not.

Himes defeated Debicella, a Shelton businessman and former state senator, with 53 percent of the vote in 2010.

Carl Higbie IV, a former Navy Seal from Greenwich, also is pursuing the GOP nomination,

Himes was first elected to Congress in 2008.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, https://www.connpost.com

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