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Jamal Bryant to end his House campaign

Jamal Bryant to end his House campaign

Saying that his church is his first priority, the Rev. Jamal H. Bryant said Tuesday that he is bowing out of a campaign for Congress he launched just eight days ago.

Bryant, the 44-year-old pastor of the Empowerment Temple in Northwest Baltimore, surprised many by announcing Sept. 14 that he would seek the Democratic nomination for the 7th Congressional District. That seat is currently held by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings.

Cummings, an 11-term Democrat, has flirted with running for the U.S. Senate seat that will be left vacant by retiring Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. But in recent weeks Cummings has sent signals he would forgo that race — despite high favorable ratings in...