- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 22, 2006

2:28 p.m.

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Doug Duncan says he’s made the “difficult” decision to drop out of the race for governor.

The Montgomery County Executive says he’s been struggling for more than a year with what was recently diagnosed as depression.

He thought he was just suffering from campaign-related stress, but says — quote — “this is more than the usual stress of campaigning.” Duncan says his family has a history of fighting the disease. He says the decision to leave the race was the right one for him and his family. He says he needs to focus on his health.

Duncan had been running against Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley for the Democratic nomination to challenge Governor Ehrlich. He says he called O’Malley today and told him he would support him.

Duncan took no questions after this afternoon’s announcement.

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