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Republican Sean Parnell suspended his 2022 election campaign for the open Senate seat in the crucial battlefield state of Pennsylvania on Monday.
With the support of former President Donald Trump, Parnell’s move came a few hours after losing a fierce battle for custody of his three children to his estranged wife, whom Parnell accused of abuse in court.
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Parnell called Trump to alert the former president of his decision to suspend his Senate campaign, said Taylor Budowich, a spokesman for the former president.
“I vehemently disagree with today’s judgment and am devastated by the decision. I plan to ask the court to reconsider this decision, ”Parnell said in a statement.
“In that order, two of the main factors that weighed heavily in the judge’s decision revolved around my being a leading candidate for the US Senate. There is nothing more important to me than my children and while I plan to ask the court to reconsider, I cannot continue a Senate campaign. My focus is now 100% on my children and I want them to know that I have no other priorities and that I will never stop fighting for them, ”he said.
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During her testimony at the trial, Parnells estranged wife Laurie Snell accused him of physically and verbally abusing her and of beating two of their three children. Parnell vehemently denied the allegations.
Parnell was one of nearly a dozen Republican candidates running in the 2022 midterm election to follow the resignation of GOP Senator Pat Toomey in a field that could soon attract more candidates.
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Seven Democrats are running for their party’s Senate nomination in Pennsylvania. The high-profile race could ultimately decide whether the Democrats hold on to their wafer-thin majority in the chamber.