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  Aichele drops [PA] Lt. Gov. bid
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Last EditedMonsieur  Feb 08, 2010 12:08am
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AuthorDan Hirschhorn
News DateMonday, February 8, 2010 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionChester County Commissioner Carol Aichele said Sunday that she was ending her bid for Lieutenant Governor, taking a southeast candidate out of the picture just days before the state Republican Party meets to make a formal endorsement next weekend.

Aichele made her announcement in an e-mail to supporters late Sunday night. It came shortly after the completion of the GOP’s regional caucus straw votes, and was largely an acknowledgment that her sub-par showing in those votes would have made continuing a campaign exceedingly difficult. Critical votes went to southeast rivals Jim Cawley and Joe Watkins, and no one expected the state party to endorse her when it meets in Harrisburg. With less than $12,000 in campaign cash on hand at the end of last year, her eventual withdrawal was widely assumed.

“Since I entered this race last June,” Aichele wrote, “my number one priority has always been to help Tom Corbett become the next Governor of Pennsylvania. Even though I will no longer be a candidate for Lieutenant Governor, I remain committed to this priority. I will do everything I can to help Tom and will work so that he will win Chester County by the largest margin possible.
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