GOP candidate drops out of local congressional race

2010-01-18T14:20:00Z GOP candidate drops out of local congressional raceBy Mike Riopell |
January 18, 2010 2:20 pm  • 

SPRINGFIELD -- One of the five GOP candidates vying to unseat U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson has quit campaigning.

Republican Dave White of Princeton had been running for Congress in the 11th Congressional District, but says he'll abandon the campaign "due to a family medical situation."

"It would be difficult to continue, and even if I were to win the nomination, it would now be impossible to commit the time and effort needed to ensure winning the general election," White said in a statement.

His name could still be on the ballot, though, for the Feb. 2 primary election.

The four candidates still actively campaigning for the seat are Henry Meers of Frankfort, David McAloon of Bourbonnais, Adam Kinzinger of Manteno and Darrel Miller of Danvers.

In his statement, White says he'll back Meers going forward.

"It's flattering," Meers said.

Halvorson, a Democrat from Crete, has no primary opponent and is serving her first term in Congress.

The 11th district includes parts of McLean County and runs north to Chicago's south suburbs.

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