Pro-Trump Senate Candidate Abruptly Suspends Campaign

Pro-Trump Senate Candidate Abruptly Suspends Campaign

Senate candidate has ended his quest to become ’s next U.S. senator.

Parnell, who won the endorsement of , faced allegations of abuse from his estranged wife. Though they concerned many Republicans, Parnell remained in the race.

Until Monday evening that is, when a judge awarded Parnell’s wife sole legal custody of the couple’s three children.

Before making the announcement, Parnell called Trump.

POLITICO reports:

“I strongly disagree with the ruling today and I’m devastated by the decision,” Parnell said in a statement. “I plan on asking the court to reconsider this decision. In the order, two of the leading factors that weighed heavily in the judge’s decision revolved around me being a leading Senate candidate. There is nothing more important to me than my children, and while I plan to ask the court to reconsider, I can’t continue with a Senate campaign. My focus right now is 100 percent on my children, and I want them to know I do not have any other priorities and will never stop fighting for them.”

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In a ruling made public Monday, a judge determined Laurie Snell, the children’s mother, would have sole legal custody, while Parnell’s schedule with them would be limited to three weekends a month, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. That would have made it difficult for Parnell to continue a campaign.

Indeed, Parnell’s campaign has privately said for weeks that the embattled Senate candidate’s future in the race would come down to the judge’s decision.

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If he kept custody of his three children, Parnell could have won in Pennsylvania, advisers said. Losing his kids, though, spelled the end of the campaign.

Republicans view Pennsylvania as a must win state if they are to regain control of the Senate.

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