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Ivey is out for 4th District

Former Prince George's County prosecutor Glenn Ivey is pulling out of the race for Maryland's 4th Congressional District.

Ivey had announced in November that he expected to challenge Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards in the newly drawn 4th District, which now includes a large swath of Anne Arundel County. He had filed with the Federal Election Commission and was raising money for the race.

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"We projected out how much we could raise on the track that we were on and realized that we couldn't raise enough to win," Ivey said, noting that the campaign had raised about $160,000 so far. "I knew what I had to do and I didn't get it done."

Though two other Democrats have filed for the race, Ivey -- because of his base of support in Prince George's County -- presented the biggest threat.

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Ivey had not filed to put his name on the ballot. Candidates have until 9 p.m. Wednesday to do so.

Both campaigns have been fundraising aggressively -- a close primary could have resulted in an expensive television ad war -- though neither candidate has held many events in recent weeks. A November poll found Edwards beating Ivey 52 percent to 16 percent.

The district remains solidly Democratic for the general election.


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