State Rep. Bryon Short drops out Delaware congressional race

State Rep. Bryon Short, D-Highland Woods has decided to drop out the race for U.S. Congress.

Short made the announcement on Monday and gave a brief explanation on Facebook.

“Campaigns take an unbelievable amount of money to win. Although we have consecutively raised more money each quarter than the previous, I do not believe my campaign is on track to raise the necessary resources to get our message out in such a crowded field of candidates,” Short wrote on social media.

Short, a former aide to U.S. Sen. Tom Carper in Congress now leaves State Sen. Bryan Townsend, D-Newark, Lisa Blunt Rochester and Sean Barney in the September Democratic primary race. Republicans running for the seat include Hans Reigle and Rose Izzo.

Short told his supporters that the race to replace U.S. Rep. John Carney, D-Delaware, is still an important one to follow. Carney is running to be Delaware’s next governor instead of running for another term in Congress.

“Delaware needs a member of Congress who can cut through political nonsense and get things done. It is my hope and my belief that Americans will reject the ugly politics of the past several years and focus on electing people with a positive vision for our future. I am confident that Delaware’s next Representative will be one of those people,” Short said.

Short, who was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2007, said he couldn’t have made it far without the support of his constituents.

“I am incredibly grateful to all of the people who supported me in this campaign and through the years. Thank you. Your support means more to me than I will ever be able to express,” Short said.

The general election is November 8th.

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