- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on Utah’s Democratic candidate for attorney general withdrawing from the race (all times local):

9:50 a.m.

A campaign spokesman for Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes says the incumbent Republican wishes his Democratic challenger well after hearing news that he dropped out of the race for health reasons.

Reyes campaign consultant Alan Crooks said Wednesday that Reyes hopes Salt Lake City attorney Jon Harper is all right and that some things are more important than politics.

Reyes also released a statement Wednesday saying he admires anyone who is willing to put themselves before the public in a campaign.

Harper has not released details about his medical issues but says he’s withdrawing upon the advice of his doctor. The Democratic Party says it has no details.

Harper was scheduled to debate Reyes Wednesday night for the first time. Reyes is now set to participate in the event alone in a town-hall style event.


8:50 a.m.

Democratic Utah Attorney General candidate Jon Harper is dropping out of the race hours before he was set to debate Republican incumbent Sean Reyes for the first time.

Harper cited unspecified health reasons for the withdrawal announced by state party officials Wednesday morning.

The Salt Lake City attorney says in a statement that he hopes the issues he’s raised in the campaign so far resonate with his GOP opponent.

Harper says he hopes Reyes will put public interest over party politics and address any lingering problems following a pay-for-play scandal that ensnared two former state attorneys general.

Utah Democratic Party Chair Peter Corroon says the party appreciates Harper’s willingness to enter the race.

The Reyes campaign could not immediately be reached for comment.

Two third party candidates remain in the race against Reyes.

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